JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet with a dessert-like appeal. Flavor is nice and floral hoppy/sweet/spicy but a tad boring. OK, but I’m seriously burned out on holiday/winter warmer beers with heavy spices.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper and hazy brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, light chocolate and light spices. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, roast, nutty, earthy, light spices, and light coffee.
ABUSEDGOAT (2169) - California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darker amber. Aroma is rich caramel malts with some citric hops balancing. Much more malty and sweet, medium body.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of many similar winter ales, much like a brown ale with a touch of spice.
Listening: Howard’s first broadcast of ’08!!!!!!!!
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a rich robust brown much like a porter. Notes of spice, chocolate and caramel on the nose. Flavor is rich and wonderfully balance. Flavor highlights of berry, toffee, chocolate and grapefruit. Nice head retention. Medium body with a real pleasant finish that has me begging for more. A real winter treat!
bhensonb (9869) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub. Belgian spice type of aroma over roasted malt. Dark brown color with a lacing off-white head. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is mixed spice and darkly roasted malt (but not burnt). Finish is dry.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Inviting aroma of christmas trees waft above this cola/crimson elixir with off white head. Rich and meaty, this bad boy gives you full throttle cherries, caramel, cocoa and IPA level hops. WOW! This is outstanding, and certainly my kind of beer. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with a new taste sensation in every swirl and swallow. Tremendous!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark red, almost black, with a tall khaki head. Very rich malts, depth of flavors changes between burnt chocolate, cherry, caramel. Finish is toasty and has a nutty presence. Citrus hops provide spicy balance to the finish wtih a light cocoa aftertaste.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep red in color, nice sticky tan head. Nutty, earthy, light roast and toffee aroma. Earthy and slightly gritty. Seems like it may be spiced. Not too complex flavor. Too bitter.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown, big tan head, sweet plumb nose, raisins, tart refined yeast, sweet woody flavor, citrus finish, chocolate malt, roasts, dry finish