FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winter 2003-2004 Release, Sampled August 2004.
Pours a deep amber-ruby color with an amber-tan head. Thick aromas of syrupy malt waft from my glass, I also get notes of caramelized oranges and cherries (which are strong enough that there might actually be some cherry additions to this beer). The taste is dry up front, but then moves to a weird, fruity note; cough syrup perhaps. This also has some interesting subdued dark malt character to it, a slightly acidic finish, as well as some candied cherry notes. The cherry is not nearly as strong in the taste as in the aroma. Up front this beer could just about pass for a malty Scottish ale. It is fairly light and interesting enough as a quaffing brew (good thing that I have a 1 liter bottle of this to enjoy).
jkwood04 (3749) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep amber/brownish with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel and pale malts, some fruits and spices, vanilla, light bitterness, and some dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer, could be better, could be way worse.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at city beverage in winston-salemn. Nice translucent auburn pour with good tan head. Lightly malty aroma with a little hop spiciness. Surprisingly hoppy but well balanced by the malty tones and hints of anise. Medium chewy body with moderate carbonation and some carbonic bite. Decent winter brew.
SSSteve (3724) - - DEC 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 fruity aroma of plums, and ginger bread. clear burgundy with a small tan head. spicy flavor of ginger bread, raisin bread and cinnamon. light-medium bodied. flavors and aroma are a little bit subtle...but nice.----re-rate 2009---flavor has more vanilla than anything this year.
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I knew that this wasn’t supposed to be the ideal aging beer (too low of abv, in theory), but I had a bottle that I bought in Atlanta in January 2006, and I kept it mostly in the refrigerator until August 2007--so over 18 months. And I thought it was swell! There was a little oxidation, but it was all positive, giving the nuttiness a nice vanilla edge and a sense of woody maturation. There’s a fruity side, too, that hasn’t been lost, and it is nicely carbonated to be slightly frothy and not too aggressive. No hops to worry about in the finish (I like my beers all-malts, no-hops, basically). Overall, I conclude, it’s a good beer that doesn’t hurt it to give it some careful aging.
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pronounced caramel and tea aroma. Hops smell a bit stale which is understandable given the bottles age. Hazy dark copper, thin head. Caramel flavor, strong, with lighter berry undertones. Milk chocolate also present. Medium bodied. Strong french vanilla finish. Not spicy, but malty and delicious.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at The Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC. Clear light brown color with off white head. Smelled like sugar cookies. Flavors included chocolate, spruce, vanilla, root beer, and a hint of raspberry. Moderate carbonation. Very satisfying winter beer.
nearbeer (3590) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. Clear, deep garnet-brown with a lasting small head. Mild aroma of spiced caramel and light chocolate. Tastes of lightly spiced vanilla-chocolate mixture. The touch of earthy spices and hops provides harmony without being overbearing, resulting in notes of dark fruit, peppery oak, cumin, ginger, anise, cinnamon and clove. Medium body is dry and tingly with spices, and lightly carbonated.
SHIG (3545) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Guyute_Pig: Poured a copper brown with a orange red hue, head is frothy lacing off white. Aroma is strong spice and caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, leafy/tree bark, and some spice.
burg326 (3530) - 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.