DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in appearance, with aromas od caramel malt, almonds, spices, and some hops. The taste had a spiced and malty chocolatey element, with some brown sugar and hazelnuts. Medium palate.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel and vanilla cookies cherish the cherries, delicate roastiness and dessert spiciness which garnish them. This is a valiant spicy ale for sweet teeth.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear burgundy.
-Spicy, herbal hoppiness finishes alongside clovey amusement.
-The chosen spices are well integrated.
-Even though it’s on the sweet side of things, it remains a fine winter warmer to accompany a meal.
BVery (8685) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at House of Beers in Dunedin, FL. Rich deep crimson pour with a very clingy white head. Cinnamon and pit fruit - really nice winter beer.
sebletitje (8116) - 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.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a hazy ruby brown with a thin beige head. Caramel, and caramel corn. Thin to medium bodied and sweet, with more caramel. Light bitter finish.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from emacgee- thanks, Ethan! Pours a clear, deep reddish-brown with a big, rocky beige head that leaves a good amount of lace. Aroma of sweet malts, toasted sugar, some mild spices, and faint grassy notes. The flavor just has a ton of malt character, caramel, toast, brown sugar, cereal, and just a wee bit of fruit. Medium-bodied, with a malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Pretty nice, and the spices take a back seat to the malts.
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.
slowrunner77 (7870) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Had in Reno via the TN connection. Very nice mellow warmer, especially if u dig vanilla, the main player in aroma and flavor. A winter solstice in a different label. Chestnut color smooth medium feel, light on the hops. Thanks Lou."
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2640-20091205] 22floz bottle. A little white chocolate powdery cocoa. Clear, red amber body with a quick bubbly white head. White chocolate sweet malt hints continue in the flavour with a nice, subtle general chocolate malt and sweetness. Medium body. Really interesting, white chocolate is surprisingly prevalent, and there are some odd toasted characteristics going on too.
douglas88 (7587) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Brent. Pours a dark beige color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet nutty notes, light malts and spices. The flavor is similar; a smooth and crisp flavor of nutty and sweet malty flavors, light spices. Easygoing and flavor-filled.