DrinkinWell (237) - - JAN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark cloudy brown with thin tan head. Aromas of brown sugar and cinnamon. Tastes of sweet, roasted malts and hints of honey. Really nice seasonal ale.
LetsGoState (580) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is small tan head with dark brown color. Aroma is on the sweet side. Taste is nice roasted malts. Overall a very solid winter beer.
Oly (27) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Strong malty aroma with sweet fruits, honey, and a bit of spice. Taste is driven by toffee and caramel sweetness with a touch of woody bitterness at the end. More carbonation than I expected in the palate, at a bit too much for my liking.
Overall, a very nice warming winter beer.
edgallow (1917) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours deep amber with a off white head. Aroma is malts, dried fruit, toffee and a hint if citrus. Taste is malts, caramel, spices, fruit and chocolate.
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stecken (174) - SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper with a decent beige head. Aroma is caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, hops. Sweet taste with some bitter hops. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, sweet warming finish with slight bitterness.
ARH (314) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 12 oz bottle poured into brandy snifter. It starts out with the sweet smell of vanilla and chocolate, with a touch of butterscotch, with perhaps a note of earthiness to it. As the head recedes, the aroma morphs into something more similar to ripe, tart dark red cherries with some woody notes (maybe some raisin in there too?). A deep, dark cranberry coloring to the beer stands out (although itís probably more mahogany, but the fluorescent lighting is playing tricks on me) with a tan head that sits atop the beer as a moderate to thin film with some sparse lacing. A moderate sweet-tartness is most noticeable, in moderate amounts, with some light toasty, woody notes. After a little time, some hop bitterness pokes through along with a touch of sour cherry. An average amount of carbonation keeps the beer relatively medium to light bodied, although it definitely has a slightly syrupy quality to it. Thereís a mild aftertaste consisting mainly of toasted malt with some dark chocolate and floral notes. By mid-glass, this taste changes into a smooth caramel with some light spice - the floral notes are still present. Thereís a pleasant warming quality to this beer at the finish.
ChrisFields (70) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber brown with a very thin film of a head. Aroma is malty, sweet dark fruits and nuts. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins, and a slight bitterness with just a touch of warmth from alcohol. Pretty nice ale for the winter months. I like it.
superspak (2455) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, roasted malt, nuttiness, toast, brown bread, herbal, wood, pepper, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and hop notes; with great strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, nuttiness, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, herbal, floral, wood, light pepper, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood, brown sugar, roasted malt, nuttiness, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark malt and moderate hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent old ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
northropfrye (2142) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange body. Sweet rice pudding with a bit of hops. A nice beer. On tap at republic mpls.
cards04 (1635) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really nice ale. Though I donít know why itís rated so high. Aromas of dark fruit and some spice. Similar sweet and malty flavors. Nice.