KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear medium to dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy light brown head that stuck around for a little while leaving behind a slight residue which clung to the sides of the glass creating some fair lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted caramel malt, a mild touch of resin hops and a sweet earthy yeast with notes of dark fruit and molasses.
The taste started out moderately sweet and a bit malty with a hint of caramel and molasses then worked itself into a more distinct bitter sour flavor with a definite note of dark fruit and a strong alcohol presence at the end. The dark fruit flavor was left lingering on the taste buds for a nice long while after the swallow, along with an slight alcohol warming sensation.
Mouthfeel was just about medium in body with a almost syrupy texture and a mild carbonation.
Overall an impressive tasting brew, one with nice sweet fruit flavor that was off set nicely by the slight alcohol tinge it possessed.
mjpeterson812 (49) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. Dark pour with not much of a head, and that quickly faded to a tiny ring, but a surprising amount of lace. Aromas are bread, coffee, roasty, barnyard, cheese, earthy and malt. Taste is rich malt, with a fine balance of sweet, bitter and smoky salt. Full creamy body and texture with hints of stickiness. Carbonation is lively. Long finish. A really, really nice winter ale. Would love to cellar some of this but not sure I could leave it alone to age!
radagast83 (3749) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark ruby brown color with a off-white head. Aroma was chocolate notes, maple sugar, alcohol. Flavor was fruity, dried fruits. Flavor was sweet, dried, pitted fruits. Malts. Pretty good, very warming.
HULK777 (210) - - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apple, pear, and melon aroma. Taste of apples, coca cola, and hints of caramel. Calvados is present in the aftertaste.
tcuhaimes (7) - fort worth, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of roasted malts and cocoa, dark brown color. Taste of chocolate, slight coffee, and roasted malts with slight hops. Not much carbonation. Very very good beer
Zarkam (200) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle, hazy dark reddish brown colour, medium frothy mostly lasting beige head, excellent lacing. Aroma of lime, coal with notes of licorice, herbs and chocolate. Taste is initially sweet and slightly salty turning into a moderately bitter longish finish with a lightly astringent and alcoholic feel. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Very pleasant dark ale, didnít seem that complex but it could be a bit too cold.
fcjack1 (41) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mediís. Dark brown color. Nice sweet brown sugar scent. Taste is caramely, kind of sweet and a little boozy. Good beer.
Beerhammaren (762) - FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.33l bottle from Alko Keskusta
Pours clear dark amber with high off-white head. Aroma is nutty. caramel, dark malts, dried fruits. R
Specially raisin. Flavor is alcohol, dark malts, dark fruits, nuts. Caramel notes and hops. Soft, dry palate. Very nice!
ansalon (618) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a massive foam tan head. Aroma is rye bread, caramel, figs. orange zest, honey. Taste is rye bread, honey, caramel, figs. Not nearly as good as previous yearsí Hibernations. Havenít rated til this year though.
BitchPls (352) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown but clear beer with a very big and foamy beige head. A very faint aroma. Caramel sweetness, sweet bread, some coffee, medium bitterness and alcohol warmth. Somethin spicy aswell. Medium body, nice texture. A very drinkable and nicely balanced ale with character. A very good red ale.
Nero55 (247) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Medium body with malt body and coffee notes upfront some hop bitterness and a dry finish.