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 (7916) - 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 (818) - 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 (6420) - 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.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from International Beer Garden (Tampa, FL). Pours a hazy dark brown to black with frothy off-white head that settles quickly but still provides some lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar, plums, maple syrup. Flavor is sweet and malty with strong notes of bakers chocolate and some ripe dark fruit and spice. Generally medium body with a sweet and malty finish.
sebletitje (9073) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Trappeze in Athens.
Pours amber with tan head.
Aroma is very sweet, sugary and almost gives this nice syrupy.
Taste, amazing, nice caramel malts and chocolate with notes of fruits and licorice which gives a very sweet mouthfeel with faint touch of spices and cinnamon.
Finish is lightly hoppy. Thick on the palate leaving a fruity & syrupy aftertaste.