joergen (21509) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red coloured with a beige head.
Sweet aroma of caramel with notes of dried fruits.
Sweet flavour of caramel and hops.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany color but shows more of a "arches national park" red once you apply a bit of light for the backdrop. Very little head and some respectable lacing. The nose contains a plethora of malts, dark fruits and various siberian breads. Let’s just say it’s quaffable and leave it at that. The flavor is rich, nutty, complex and moderately hoppy. Clean full mouthfeel and a full body. Finishes with a bright sting of alcohol and some doughy malts to cud on for a while. Overall very nice! Quite a surprise, I was expecting a monster a little less tame.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich malt sweetness, coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. Dark brown color with a light brown head. The alcohol taste lingers, a little too sweet but still a fine beer.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 2005 bottled version pours dark reddish brown with full head with little retention but nice lace. Chocolate aroma and taste dominate this beer. One of the best winter warmers I’ve had.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This was one of the highlights of GABF for me, and it is still the King of Flavor. Has the most incredible maltiness featuring bready, sweet malt, burned bread and loooong, lovely coffee in the aftertaste. Impressive for such a light colored beer. Out of this world! The aroma is malty with notes of metal and some light yeasty. Nice dark brown color with tan head dragging laze as you sip it. Good mouthfeel but too hard carbonated. I love the coffee flavor, it is so elegant, that it is the first beer I wanted to rate ’11’ in flavor!
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ironic for recent insomnia that i have the hibernation ale, hibernating through the waking state i suppose sorry for the insanity folks, par for the course i presume, tan head on rouge brown body, sweet warming aroma permiats the air surrounding the glass, smells like just what i need on this cold oregon eve, nice flavor, caramel, slightly hoppy and malty just the same, chewy, sweet and chocolately, dry finish with a bit of an alcohol drip, compliments sundance’s coconut tempeh stir fry in a way that only a fucking hippy can appreciate, cheers
Aurelius (4376) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, hoppy brown ale aroma. Clear, brown-red, OK label. Smooth and warming, medium alcohol bittering. Body is medium, chalky at times. Finishes bitter on the sides of the tongue. Woody, light fruity sweetness generally covers the ABV, chocolate on the front. Generally a nice pint without being spectacular. A good strong brown.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 great reddish brown appearance...aroma of prune, grapefruit hops, sugary malts...flavor of dark fruits (cherry), floral hops, with a bitter aftertaste...okay palate
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - 2004 - Aroma is plum, oak, and raisin. Pours a deep brownish red with a medium brown head and great lacing. Flavor is very malty, full of dark fruits and sweet holiday cheer. Subtle nutmeg and ginger. What a tasty brew! Palate is think and creamy. This is one great brew that isn’t a slap in the face but just plain smooth and good.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby red with a lasting head and decent lacing. Aroma is like root beer. Flavor is well balanced with a subtle warming from the alcohol. A very nice ale for winter.