tmongoose (1676) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draft. pours a dark red mahogany color with whitish head that leaves a decent lacing. the aroma of sweet malts chocolate and mild spice. the flavor is more of the same. the chocolate malt dominates this beer with the medium sweet malt base. actually pretty decent for a winter beer. when you mix the malts, chocolate and spices this way it does work.
tillmac62 (423) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 12/13. Pours a ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice and chocolate. Light medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth, but not slick or creamy, mouthfeel. This is not a strong flavored ale. It has more of a subdued profile rather than a flavor bomb. Light spice, cinnamon/cardamom, over a light sweetness. Pleasant and not overpowering. Crisp finish that leaves a slight bitter and spice aftertaste that is also tart.
FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It looks to be about 20 SRM and has an awesome malty flavor of toasted oats and caramel with a lot of vanilla, and graham cracker...like a cheese cake crust. really light hop bitterness, probably 10-15 IBUs. Mouthfeel is rich and buttery. 2 finger head which retained well and left a nice lacing down the tulip glass I used. Finish wasn't dry at all and the vanilla came through strong at the finish. Aroma wasn't anything special, no hops, all malt. I am thinking they didn't use any hops in the last 5 minutes of the boil because it virtually had an all malt aroma. Pretty darn good beer, definitely a great session winter beer, abv is 5.8%.
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tnkw01 (1336) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark clear color. Really nice head. Aroma was really pleasant. Spicy vanilla. Taste was a little weak but also spicy vanilla.
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Nona Tap Room. The beer is a clear mahogany color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Malt, caramel and vanilla in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel and spiced fruit. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
AGGarcia44 (18) - - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Aroma is caramel, toffee, slight ginger and nutmeg. As beer warms the spices and dark fruit come through. Taste matches aroma but is stronger than what aroma foreshadows. Lasting caramel sweetness with a slight puckering spice finish. As beer warms the dark fruit character comes through.Head quickly dissipates and hugs the rim of the glass creating a lacing effect. Head reforms with an easy swirl.Medium body with a barely noticeable slickness buttery mouthfeel. Very clear light brown in a shadow but deep red with some light. I?d recommend serving at 55-60F as the flavor is much more potent
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apparently everyone in Asheville goes crazy over the release of this beer. It is a good brew and is widely available in Atlanta. Pours light amber with slight white head. Spiciness in the scent and taste is slight and blends well with the sweet-leaning flavor. Medium light body and well carbonated. Draft - Augustine’s - Atlanta, GA
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, slightly hazy mahogany color with a creamy light tan head. One the nose, vanilla, citrus, bready malt notes, a sweet berry note and a touch of spice. Nice, but mellow, citrusy hop bite on the taste, very strong toasty malt character, creamy vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. Really reminds me of winter solstice, but with a nicer citrusy bite to it.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber and clear. It’s too cold to get anything off of the nose but the flavor lends elements of bread, toast, sticky malts, toffee, and a touch of chocolate. Medium body Nd pretty smooth. Enjoyed this one.
Edit: zero head retention and my glass is clean
merc7186 (2568) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Brown/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Maple, Caramel
T: Maple, Caramel
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Semi Drying
Overall, a nice winter ale with decent maple flavor but not much beyond that.