nealblind (373) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear darker amber no head. Aroma of citrus, nutmeg, strong malt. Strong malt flavor strong citrus hops spice. Creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced, but strong. Alcohol noticeable.
mikedR (724) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Uncharacteristic Xmas ale; few spice notes. Rather, this is a big bold English ale. Quite thick and malty. Maybe just a tad boozy. Solid B.
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Mora2000 (5127) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending this bottle my way. 2010 vintage. Brown with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel with some pine notes. The flavor is a bit more complex. I get some pine notes, but there is also some brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy orange body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and pine. Flavor of caramel, fruity, honey, toffee, and light spices with moderate bitterness in the finish.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber) clearish medium orange/amber, fine tan bubbles. Nose of rich malt, caramel, mixed nicely with English hops, honey, really nice nose. Taste of caramel, English hops, honey, orange peel, nice finish, good beer.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. This brew is a clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and fruit. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, ripe fruit and a bit of vanilla. The finish is sweet with a bready malt aftertaste. Decent all around.
Alphadelic (1728) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazy, deep copper. The nose is a little fuddy, some pennies, graininess and a little heat. The booze is hidden quite well. It is very sweet with plenty of caramel and chalky apple fruitiness. Maybe some redcurrant too. Some heat, mild bitterness. It’s a little sticky but very smooth otherwise.
jgb9348 (4276) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, muddy brown coloured body with a very thin tan oily head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, pit fruits, cherries, raisins, caramel and a hint of nuts. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt at first with a very good sweetness from raisins, pit fruits, plums, cherries, all with noticeable malt and nuts behind. Aftertaste showing a touch of spices with a little alcohol warmth, but definite sweetness to go around. Overall, a nice and relatively complex beer, full of good flavours - a step down from a Barley Wine, and this is a good thing. Definitely worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Pear Delicatessen in Seattle, Washington on 11-February-2013 for US$1.70 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on 26-February-2013.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine
Appearance: Pours cloudy brown with a big frothy beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, nutty, spices and some hot alcohols
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, nutty, spices and bitter citrus in the finish
A nice winter beer, easy drinking.
adamjackson (1734) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nutty dark brown. Shades of amber. No head. Roasted and smoked malts come chocolate. Sweet brown sugar. Spices.