HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(2005/2006 Version) The nose is very fruity; perhaps cherries were used to make this beer. The palate is full of chocolate, spice, and cherry notes. It’s like a wassail without being overwhelmed with spice. I did not think that I would like this beer, but it is interesting. Nice winter ale.
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.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Mello Mushroom in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Appears dark ruby with no or little foam. Aroma reminds me of vanilla soda, hops and malts. Flavor was sugary, like root beer. Very smooth, another great beer from NC brewery.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bonus from captaincougar. Aroma and sweet maltiness with some spices. Flavor was a little weird with some butterscoth maybe. A little werid on the palate. Had some vanilla.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with nice lacing head. Nutmeg, allspice, orange peel aroma. Medium body, quite tasty.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly enjoyable brew. Deep red/brown pour. Notes of spices,nutmeg....cinammon...ginger maybe? Tagging alongside are caramel malt and a lgiht chocolate touch.
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a clear reddish medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light scattered film with a medium collar and fair sticky lacing.
The aroma was quite complex with a toasted bread malt, light spruce hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee and dark fruit (figs and dates).
The taste was a bold malty sweet with a decent fruit presence along with hints of chocolate and caramel from the get go and was present pretty much throughout, it then progressed slightly with a mild bitter hoppy taste, a touch of coffee and a light toffee sweetness towards the finish. The flavor lasted a bit longer that average following the swallow, with a bitter sweet taste lingering on the taste buds for quite a while longer.
Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this was an extremely tasty, well balanced Winter Ale. I will say with everything this brew has going on it was blended superbly well, which allowed for a smooth and very enjoyable drinkability... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to brentk56 for sending this want along in his black booty package 22oz bomber poured in to my DFH snifter produced a two finger tan head that trailed of to a thick lace the body of the brew was a nice burgandy color when held to the light
The aromas coming of it are quite pleasing Coco not roasted in any ways, some sweet caramel malt, vanilla and other spices I associate with winter.
The flavor is quite a surprise, I really like it. The ale was like a malted milk chocolate, but the wrong color if you know what I mean. Just a creamy and full in the mouth as I would expect. The sweetness was there along with the vanilla.
I was really blow away by this one and will defiantly look for it again next year. A great winter warmer one of the best I have tried
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.
Macegan75 (765) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Brick store. Pours a medium brown with little head. nose is vanilla and brown malt. first sip is similar with a nice body and smoth finish.good stuff.