apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, rich, full-nosed aroma, filled with sweet, herbal hops and caramel, cherries and even some maple. The flavor is nearly as complex as the aroma, with particularly strong herbal notes. Clean finish with a perfect amount of bitterness that makes this highly refreshing.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003, 12oz. bottle. Hazy reddish/brown color with a small beige head. Really nice malty aroma. Lots of caramel, brown sugar and a strange, but pleasant, florally perfume. Mildly sweet on first sip, but quickly dries. Caramel, brown sugar, oak and a bit of hop bitterness. A bit of oxidation, but does not detract from the flavor.
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle. Very sugary, sweet aroma with lots of brown sugar, maple, and caramel aromas. There is also some floral hoppiness which is pretty mild. I am also detecting a bit of tabacco as well. Very pleasant and complex aroma. It’s a transparent garnet/amber color with a small off-white head. Lots of chewy caramelly malts, which then turn more sweet with lots of the brown sugar flavor coming out. There is some tobacco at the end and more of the mildly floral hop bitterness. Tobaco follows this once again. I get some lingering woodsiness and oakiness. This is the quintessential "cigar beer".
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Powerfull sweet malty aroma. Nice dark amber colour and off white head. The head wil - typical for Great Divide - last for hours (almost). Very powerfull malty flavour, with a dry piney hoppyness. The isn’t the most full-bodied beer I have ever tasted, but the high alcohol contributes to a very warming winter beer. Cheers...
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow ,what an aroma,big malty alcohol dark fruit biggey, sparkling amber color, malty oaky , dark fruit taste, and as warming as can be. Didnt get all the hops everyone else was . For a winter warmer, it really does the job. This was great
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Typically hoppy American strong ale, but there was more malt presence it it than i was expecting. Nice raisiny/toffee characters (sweet), balanced by the aromatic lightly spicy, piney hops. Warming finish, and sweet the whole way through, with some bitterness in the finish.
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nearly perfect winter ale - nice dark body, with just a touch of white lace - aroma of roasted nuts, fresh-baked cookies, brown sugar - full-bodied and warming, but no real alcohol burn to speak of - tastes like spices and holiday pudding all rolled together - doughy, chewy malt character - a very well done beer, but gets a little overly sweet as it warms.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma is ripe fruit, caramel, brown sugar and almost a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is dominated by brown sugar though roasted malts and floral hops are evident and the finish has a bit of dry chocolate on it.
thornecb (4826) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2005. Pours deep amber into a trappist glass. Fruitcake, date and fig notes. Well established head leaves a coat of lacing on the glass. Smoked bread and pine with a long bitter finish.
saxo (14844) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duation. Beautiful dark amber color. Strong sweet and hoppy aroma. Taste is distinctive alcoholic but not at all in a bad sense. Very good taste.