wlajwl (3327) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is slightly roasted and earthy malts. The flavor is slightly sweet malts throughout and a hint of sugar. Similar to Guinness Black Lager, mild in flavor but not inoffensive.
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very pretty reddish brown. The head is thin and small but itís well retained and leaves a nice little lacing on the glass.
The aroma is just sort of generically malty with some huskiness. Some of that roasty on stinky stuff I get from mass produced English style beers sometimes.
The flavor is not bad, a touch bitter... certinally malty but not overly sweet. Lots of husky grain with some mild fruity notes.
I would have been head over heels for this back in 03í
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle 11/14/12 (Dominicks) Winter Sampler-49į in English Pint-Pours a dark ruby red with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and slight vanilla. Taste of the same with more malt and more vanilla. This medium bodied brew is not too shabby.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single bottle purchase from Famous Liquors. Slight oxidation under cap that goes away after pouring. Pours a big, non-Guinnessy head over a deep brown body. General caramel malt smell with a note of Scottish peat; not a bad surprise. Mouthfeel a bit flaccid and watery at first, then there an aggressive hit of malt. Malts get deeper further down the glass, leading to a slight note of phenol; well, if this is their holiday beer, Iíve found it a bit past its prime.
Patrickctenchi (2494) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear, wet copper-red with a full, frothy, off-white head.
Scent is malt, a little caramel.
Taste is slightly roasty caramel, a hint of vanilla.
Slightly metallic bitter..Creamy and smooth.
Truly not bad.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Walmart. Nose is bready and somewhat sweet. Toasted malt dominate. Some breadiness, with some underlying sweetness. Lightly hopped finish.
Blairgus (2190) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3 feb 2013, bottle. Light ruby, clear. Nose is toasted granola, Christmas spices, fresh grain. Thin/med body and moderately fizzy. Some Xmas spice, roasted malt, slightly acidic. Meh.
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ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brownish red with a one finger tan head. Smells of toasted bread, malt, and a little caramel. The taste is of toast, light caramel sweetness and a bitterness that has a slightly metallic touch that lingers in the finish. Low carbonation with a medium body.
jmagnus87 (2033) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear dark nut brown with a ruby hue and minimal head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla and christmas spices. Taste is light bitter. Coffee, spices abd a little vanilla. Medium bodied with a thin texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. Nothing to seek out but drinkable.
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear brown with a medium off-white head, and great lacing.
smell is of malt, toffee, and a touch of spice.
taste is of caramel, a little metallic, malt back, a slight roastiness, and a little coffee. ends smooth.