badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red color with no head. Light malt aroma. Complex flavors... caramel and chocolate mixed with dry grains. Some cinnamon and yeast. Certainly Christmasy.
bubbleflubber (2114) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep cherry-wood off the tap, reminiscent of a good whiskey. The nose is malty and earthen. Some vegetal flavors mingle with vanilla extract, powdered sugar (like the inside of a bon-bon) and malts. These carry through the finish, and accompany a light bitter with a medium-thin mouthfeel. Decent, but a different brew here. Nice to try, and would have again.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich moderately sweet malty aroma. Deep reddish amber body, creamy tan head. Lots of sweetness and vanilla in the flavor, but not cloying.
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Funky Buddha/Case and Keg tasting. Brown pour. Aroma is crisp and clean with some nice malty fruit notes, caramel and some faint hops. Flavor is pretty clean and crisp. Some good fruit notes come through and some nice spices as well. Pretty good effort from a solid brewery.
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is very sweet and syrupy with both chocolate and maple. There is also spices, caramel, and vanilla. The appearance is deep amber with a three finger head. The flavor is like the aroma. There are a lot of good tastes going on but I must admit they come in stages and not always complimentary. The palate is smooth and the finish bitter. Overall a very unique winter beer.
DalzAle (2017) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle recieve via trade with Beerlando. Pour was nut brown color with plenty of carbonation. Aroma was peppery, spicy and very malty. Flavor was nice and complex; black licorce, pepper, flowers, hops and caramel. I’d trade for a bottle of this again!
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from late 2008. Pours a deep ruddy brown with a medium tan head and decent clarity. The aroma is malty with a caramel toffee note. The flavor was surprising and delightful - lots of caramel. I don’t mean lots of caramel like big English barleywines. This tasted like a mix of caramel malts and toffee and a strong flavor of kettle caramelization. The almost buttery caramel notes are accented by vanilla. There is a soft level of balancing bitterness with hints of chocolate and more caramel and vanilla in the end. The chocolate and soft bitterness are the perfect balance to keep the beer from being cloying. The mouthfeel is rich and full - hearty like winter. Overall, a very pleasant recipe.
nathan30533 (943) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear brown/amber color with a white head. Smell of spice, unsure of what exactly, but very wonderful. Taste the light hops and malts. Great flavor, great brew.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sharp looking copper body poured from the 22 oz bottle. Tall tan head. Aroma is vanilla, orange peel and dark fruits. Taste has raisins, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, and spicy hops underneath. Vanilla is overdone in this 2008 version compared to other vintages, but still my favorite winter ale.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hank1980. Great bonus beer. Pours with a largish, off-white head and a murky amber body. Head leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, currants, cinnamon sugar, orange peel and leather. Taste is of apple-cinnamon pie filling, toasted coconut, vanilla, caramel, creme brulee crust, and a touch of alcohol warmth (more than 5.8% normally would). Lightly creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.