HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can. Very dark brown pour with medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, some vanilla and dark fruit notes. Pretty rich. Flavor is robust, coating, lots of dark fruit and chocolate sweetness with mild roast and dark chocolate bitterness. Malty, layered, but smooth. Some raisin flesh and caramel notes. Full bodied, coating mouthfeel, with mild bitterness towards the finish. Pretty nice.
Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Southern Theater. Pours a dark brown that leaves great lacing. Aroma is big with vanilla and raisin - very nice. Taste is more vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, a little raisin, and a bit nutty. Little hint of coffee at the end as well. Very nice winter ale.
BeerBeforeH20 (119) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a tan head that faded quickly. Aroma is nutty and has hints of spice. Taste really shines, has a more complex arrangement that I wasn’t picking up in the aroma. Good winter brew
obguthr (3385) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, courtesy of TheHoff43: Pecan nose, with a hint of raisins and dark chocolate. Mahogany, thick tan head, fair retention. Pecan and raisin flavor, dark chocolate overtones, but indistinct, muddled. Vanilla finish. Soft carbonation, light body. More nutty than anything, but nice.
bookman10 (573) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown, veering toward black. Small, quickly vanishing head. Aroma has some chocolate and vanilla--not overly pronounced, but it’s there. Flavor is very stout like, with chocolate, some coffee, the vanilla, and other Christmasy spices. Some marked fruitiness, too. Not bad for what it is; maybe just not my thing.
commonmac (163) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap from Bulldog NE. Really appealing color and aroma give this one a great start. Slightly mild aroma but makes up for it in flavor. A sweet taste but keeps it under wraps with some high quality hops. Star struck a bit by the way it ends. Just a perfect way to finish a winter variety. Stir it up.
commonshawn (233) - - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Pint. Dark amber. Smells of spice. Nice white head with little lacing. Some Christmas spices, great ending sweetness. Little bit of Ginger bitterness and spiciness. The balance is perfect, the best beer indeed does in my humble opinion.
vikingguy (745) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 On tap. Near black. Spiced malt aroma. Taste...rich. Notes of roasted malt, vanilla, cinnamon and other Christmas spices. Some subtle dark fruit too. Nice Christmas beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
So, this is a pretty dark beer. Dark ruby is what I’m reading, but plain black is what I’m seeing. Almost no head, but some tan (or so) bubbles coming up. Aromas of cocoa and vanilla definitely dominate. Some stone fruit present as well. Taste is so bizarre. I’m getting cocoa, raisins, brown sugar... This stuff is like candy. Vanilla is there too, which is always nice. Slightly metallic. Low carbonation, high flavor.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can. Pours a dark red/brown color that looks black once its in the glass and shows a tight soapy khaki head that fades to a wispy film and soapy collar. Aroma has a mix of English malts and chocolate coffee faint raisin figs and burnt caramel. Taste has a subtle bitterness with tootsie roll coffee English malt and burnt caramel some raisin and fig. Palate is medium with a soft fizzy carbonation and slightly chewy finish. Really enjoyable!