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 (915) - 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 (7911) - 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.
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 11, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bomber. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep copper color, with a sticky tan head. Aromas are of sweet malts, vanilla, slight spices.
Flavors is strictly vanilla cream soda.
Strange flavor for a beer, especially a Winter ale. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Finished sweet & sticky.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. 2008 bomber. Pours bright copper with a dense, creamy tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is soft and sweet with powdered sugar and some biscuity notes, along with the omniprescent vanilla cream vibe. Flavor is sweet, malty, and creamy with strong vanilla notes and some traditional holiday spices; most comparable to cream soda - pleasant and different. Medium bodied and smooth. This is a nice beer that I look forward to every winter. Definitely a unique take on the holiday ale theme.
jhliesen (786) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle—I loved it! A medium size, white, frothy head pops up and the leaves quite quickly, the color is deep amber. The aroma was cinnamon, caramel and some nutmeg. The taste was sweet with berries, maple, and fruit. At times the taste was almost cola like. Just to make you remember you are drinking a beer, some biscuit and malt taste also makes an appearance. Bruisin ales.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22oz bomber this beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla. The taste is quite sweet with some brown sugar and lots of cinnamon coming through. Very little hops but for a very sweet beer this is one of the best, if not the best, winter beer I have had this season. I am ready to go buy another bottle. Outstanding.
drfabulous (5226) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Lots of cream soda and sweet malty taste. A nice winter styled beer much like Left Hand Snowbound.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark clear ruby color with a thin white head. Sweet berry and spicy aroma. Tastes of more berries and cocoa powder big and malty.