williamstome (1505) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish-brown pour, medium off-white head.
Sweet malty aroma with chocolate notes.
Sweet flavor of toffee, fruit, double chocolate, and coffee.
sonnycheeba (4513) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours hazy brown with thin, fizzy head. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, toffee, floral hops, light woody notes, and some fig. Flavor is dry, bready malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral and earthy hops, and light woody notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
snoworsummer (3751) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Tastes like bitter coffee, hops, toffee. Medium brown. Medium body and medium carbonation.
PhatB420 (760) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz into a pint. Pours a mellow plum and medium brown, a concoxing mix at that. Head is flat, taste is granola chewy, dark fruits, and malty rasins. A thumbs up to this winter, as it passes the grade of just that, a winter. But exceding that factor is not an factor here. Bland spices of winter and of passover, this one omits a typical experience in a winter brew. Good, but not great. Still worthwhile.
Scrapersnbeer (1531) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of currants and chocolate malt. Soupy light brown appearance. It has the overall character of an English old ale, but is more bitter than most examples. Chalky, rough consistency that reveals the malt backbone of the beer. A solid entry.
rjplumer (766) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faint malty fruit aroma.Deep clear ruby color.Foamy one and half finger head with a tinge of red. Dark fruit and spice aroma. Smooth malty dry taste.Mild woodsy feel. Has an almost chalky feel. Tastes darker than it looks if that makes sense to anyone.Leaves lots of lacing on glass. Leaves a dry sourness on your tongue. Good but not great.
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits - Somerville, MA. A warm, settled, strongly nutty aroma with a relaxed perfume of hazlenuts and gentle caramelization. This is a cozy beer, but it has some rough edges. There’s a harsh bitter edge mid-palate, that’s surprising and jarring. The brown flavors have a little too much of that proto-umami soy sauce burn to them. Otherwise, this sailor appreciates a little warmth and beefiness after a long day of wind and waves.
BroSpud (1908) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a light tan head. Decent malt taste with a nice balance of hops. No crazy spices like many other so called winter ales. Very drinkable though somewhat boring overall.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy brown with off white head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, yeast, apple. Flavors of molasses, raisin, roasted nuts, and lemon peel. Medium-thin body with creamy mouthfeel and moderate, soft carbonation.
SanfordBrewer (1412) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque-brown, thin-tan-head, med-body, med-co2.
Aroma: Dark-fruit alchl §roast-malt.
T1: caramel-malt bright-hops.
T2:earthy sweet-mlss-malt pungent-kettle-hops.
Seems like an english brown ale with a balancing amount of kettle hops
but no noticeable aroma hops.