talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Pours a dark amber/copper with clarity; head is full, off-white, creamy/pillowy, and well lasting with nice lacing. Nice nose with toffee and molasses, roasted nuts, earthy and slightly piney hops. Nice malt base, notes of molasses throughout with toffee, slight nuttiness, and a touch of raisin. Hops have a medium bitterness to balance with flavors of earth and pine towards the end. Finishes mostly bitter with some molasses hanging around and moderate length. Palate is soft, creamy, and medium-fullwith only a slight warming character from the 8.1% ABV. Very well done winter warmer from a brewery that has yet to disappoint me. Nothing that will blow you away, but every aspect was well done.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red, amberish color, with a big tan head. Smells of prunes, caramel. Malty, with again prunes, yeast, and a bit of caramel. This quite superb, another great by great divide.
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
04 bottle. Aroma of malt, dark fruit (raisins), caramel, and alcohol. Pours a dark reddish brown with white floaters and a decent caramel colored head. Flavors of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, bread, caramel, and finishs with a little bit of alcohol. Worth a try, but not the best.
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
New seasonal intake at the Systembolaget in Sweden
Appearance: Chestnut brown with appealing tan marshmellow head that lasted.
Aroma: Wow there’s a lot going on here. Definate liquorice, roasted malt, wonderful floral hops and caramalised sugar. Brown Ale meets American IPA.
Flavour: And here’s where it started to go wrong for me. A very chewy malt backbone to this beer, unfortunately complemented by a beef stock cube/meaty flavour I found hard to deal with. Would be a good beer to marinade meat for a BBQ.
Palate: Strangely soft, with a kiss (alright, more like a snog) of alcohol and slightly oily from the malt. Tounge-curly hop at the end, but it’s the whiskyish residual alcohol heat that marks this beer down for me.
Overall: A complex and powerful beer, but not one I’m going to rush back to. As refreshing as a run up stairs, and the lingering raw spirit taste is a turn-off for me.
The bottle cap proclaims ’Great Minds Drink Alike’. Well in this case, apparantly not.
omhper (21280) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Clear copper colour, rich, firm head. Strong chocolate aroma. Sweet and malty. Potent flavour of chocolate sauce, tar, grapefruity hops and salt. Solid and warming with fairly soft mouthfeel. Long salty bitter finish. An excellent, hoppy winter warmer
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: fantastic, fruitcake, raisins, sourish, alcohol, bitter malt, cardboard, sherry, dark bread, very lovely, some hops. Appearance: lovely raisin-/amberred (pretty dark), yellowtinted head. Almost clear. Flavor: bitter, rough, powerful malt, some sourishness, pretty full-bodied. Palate: dry, mealy, slightly thin...
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Warming toasty and inviting. American hop nose spicy and molasses aroma with low diacetyl.
Appearance: Mahogany brown with a thick tan head.
Flavour: A whack of complex flavours, molasses, burnt sugar, spicy, citrus hop flavour, caramel, alcohol, granny candy (humbugs) toasted bread and licorice.
Mouthfeel: full bodied rich and syrupy.
overall: Wow, Quite a mouthfull. Rich and inviting aroma followed by an equally full rich and complex flavour. Very moreish. Excellent balance of roasty, malty, sweet, hoppy, bitter and with a long alcoholic hang. Like Old Peculiar on crystal meth.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber/light brown with orange and light red highlights. Aroma is alot of caramel malt, some dry chocolate. Taste is caramel, bready, lightly doughy, some chocolate, and some bitter hops to balance it out. really nice strong ale.
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice winter warmer. Hops are there, but nicely hidden by a bountiful amount of malt. Alcohol very well represented. Surprised it took me this long to get to this one.
raphael (1015) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
soft toasty alcohol aroma, occasional sharp notes, nice oaken color, thin tan head, a little flattish from the bottle (should have let it warm up a little). the flavors don’t quite blend but they4re a good range—slightly burnt, almost whiskeysih taste,the hops are there but just bitter, a little thin but quickly warming. keeps the mouth tingling.