scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a barely transparent mahogany color with a small off-white head
S: Awesome caramel malts, nuts, toffee, light spices (no clove), a little bread, lactose, and powdered milk chocolate
T: Finally a winter warmer with a great flavor profile that’s not overdone. The spices blend very well with the malts. Also lactose, toffee, and a really delicious chocolate/cocoa note that compliments the nuttiness
MF/D: Smooth velvety feel, lower carbonation, lighter in body than the others, and a finish of lactose, cocoa, and hazelnut
Notes: not the biggest or boldest, but perfectly balanced and not too spiced up
magsinva (865) - Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at bier garden Asheville, reviewing from notes tasted 12/22/2011 - Clear orangish-brown with a thin white head. Aroma is cherries, vanilla, oak, holiday spices. Taste is mildly bitter with some biting notes, finishes pretty cleanly. Overall, its OK.
Huhzubendah (2412) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
A: This brew appears clear and rusty orange / brown in color. The head is thin and wispy, but manages to generate a fair amount of lacing upon the glass.
S: Scents include vanilla, malt, alcohol.
T: This beer is quite different than I would have expected from a winter warmer. The flavor is remarkably similar to how I would imagine an alcoholic cream soda tastes. I happen to enjoy cream soda, so I’m totally cool with this unusual take on the style. Vanilla is the most forward flavor, followed by some sweet malt and light spice.
M: Thin bodied, with a fairly low level of carbonation.
D: A fun and interesting brew, but not something of which I would want too much.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-24-2011
burg326 (3542) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brass tap, poured a brown color with aromas of vanilla, toffee, nutmeg, and some nuts. Flavors are the same, but some sweet malts coming though, also light caramel flavor in the aftertaste.
tzachary (2) - Knoxville, - APR 29, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber poured into Ballast Point pint glass. Although its 80 degrees and humid outside (not really Winter, eh?), the label caught my eye, Earthfare had it on sale, and I had never tasted it before, so here we go. Paired with roasted, unsalted almonds.
Aroma: Subtle vanilla.
Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown, with a 0.25" off-white head. Minimal lacing.
Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is spiced rum and vanilla coke. There’s minimal hop bitterness present, with the main flavor being the smooth, slightly sweet, vanilla.
Palate: Medium bodied, with a slight cream texture. Medium-low carbonation.
Despite the weather being incongruent with the assumed target, this beer was enjoyable.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed on 1/8/11.
This was the third installment of City Bev’s Freakin’ Firkin Friday. Had a pint at the store yesterday. Pours a hazy brown-tinted copper. A small off-white head caps it off. Faint lace sticks around. The nose is potent with strong notes of vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, toasted pecans. Fantastic nose.
Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel, as was expected with the cask. Carbonation level is minimal. Perfect sipper. Flavor profile mirrors the nose somewhat with vanilla, cinnamon, sweet malts. The spices are more muted in this version of the beer, but this is still a splendid winter dessert brew. Perfect to sip on a crisp, cold evening.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a clear, deeper and brighter ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter and malty with caramel, a touch of toast, light spices, and subtle fruits with raspberry, cranberry, and cherry. A light vanilla and apple-cinnamon. Flavor is similar. Rich caramel and much more of a distinct vanilla up front before some cinnamon and spice comes in. A touch of toast with a subtle mixture of the berry fruits from the aroma before the spices and a light grassy hop dry this out and give it a light bitterness. A light caramel balances the finish before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste of vanilla, spice, and slightly toasty caramel. Medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid beer. Very well balanced with a lightly toasted caramel, smooth vanilla, cinnamon spice, and subtle fruits. Good one.
Johnsense (755) - - FEB 4, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Collor coloured pour, good head, good lacing. Subtle aroma of candied dark fruits. A bit more complex as it warms - Dark fruit, hard candies, a bit of cinnamon and some spiciness. A bit light in the mouthfeel. Very subtle, whereas I prefer a winter warmer that will make you take notice.
rollinsr (367) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wasn’t a huge fan of this one though it came out of a single batch cask and may have just been an off batch. The maltiness of this one seemed to beer overpowered by the whisky aroma. Reminded me of a watered-down boiler-maker. I will most likely try this one again and re-rate it.
Blairgus (2560) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 jan 2012, bottle. Light nut brown, clear, no bubbles. bready and alcoholy winter ale. Nothing amazing on the nose but it is enticing. Full body and almost flat. Nice Lightly caramel and faintly nutty. Decent.