Narnad (1406) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown amber a great, cream colored creamy head that sticks around. Aroma is pretty sweet with some earthy hops presence, light toasted nose, some sweet caramel and fruity apple and cherry flavors. Flavor starts off with a very smooth toasted, caramel malt flavor with some notes of light chocolate mixed in followed up by a very strong fruity apple flavor with a strong earthy hops bitterness and warm alcohol nip at the end. Body is very dense with low fine carbonation making it feel creamy as you drink it. Alcohol is just a touch strong as it can be a bit overpowering at the end. Overall a pretty good beer with a well balanced malty sweetness.
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mahogany color. Smell is of hops, floral. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a touch sweet, a bit of alcohol. Overall an enjoyable beer.
patrick767 (3332) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - Pours dark amber with a tan head. It has a rich caramel malt aroma and flavor with moderate bitterness that balances the caramel malt well. It’s a good, straightforward, full bodied brew.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Originally reviewed: 11/24/08. Pours a deep ruby with barely any amount of head. Little spotty lacing. Smells of citrus and malt. Some slight alcohol scent wafting out.
Taste of alcohol and some citrus notes. Deep bitter aftertaste. Some licorice and dark fruit flavors. Gets better as it warms. Not too bad. Moutfeel is nice and crisp due to a decent amount of carbonation. Not a bad ESB. But wouldn’t drink a ton of these due to the ABV.
TheGB (474) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice red amber. Light aroma of amber malts and a little hops. Medium bodied with a bitter palate.
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Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good winter warmer beer, nice and malty with a very good finish of hop flavor. Nice and high in alchol which keeps you warm on a cold night.
lamas (1308) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Different label than that in the picture. Purchase before: 03/12. Pours a ruby/amber color with a nicely sized beige head. An aroma of caramel maltiness, toffee, some cereal, a doughy yeastiness, and the slightest hint of citrus in the background. A relatively medium-bodied palate. Caramel, toffee, and a dusting of brown sugar upfront taste-wise. A lightly biscuity middle. Kinda bready. An ample amount of bittering grassy hoppiness at the end. Some nice spiciness all the way through. The alcohol is hidden very well. Easy to drink and quite pleasant.
jkwalking05 (3366) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Oceans & Ale in Williamsburg, VA. Copper in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of bread dough, caramel, citrus and spicy hops. Taste is of toast, toffee, and citrus with a wonderful hop finish.
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this definitely a good example of a winter warmer. Slight hops but not really much mostly malty. Carmel notes and a good bit of sugar dominate the body that linger through the finish. Good winter beer.
TATE (255) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Aroma has malt in the forefront and dominates the flavor with big bitterness at the end. This was a bit much for me and not my favorite style.