Porter4Me (9) - Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great this year (2011). Amber and clear with small slightly brown head. Carmel and malty, with hints of hoppy spices. Good alcohol taste that warms you quickly. Smells sweet like molasses. You taste this all the way to your stomach and it’s all good.
DYCSoccer17 (3435) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
14 ounce on tap at Sharps Roasthouse near Seatac. The aroma is a little metallic with light caramel and toffee hints. Mildly hazy amber body with a strong yellowish head present. Starts with just a sweet barrage of malts. I get a lot of caramel malts primarily with a little nuttiness behind. Fairly sweet throughout. Easy drinking, and alcohol is well hidden.
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer can glass on 12.02.14.
A: Dark fruit, raisin, and cherry. It’s sweet smelling.
A: Some fizz for a head. Opaque purple/dark red body.
T: Raisin and fig newton dominate. Cherry, allspice, a tiny bitter sting on the back end, and a slight woodiness are subtle.
P: Crisp with a bubbly finish. It’s refreshing and surprisingly lighter than other winter warmers.
O: This has a mulled cider quality. The spices take the edge off the sweetness, so it’s balanced. This is a favorite.
fcjack1 (201) - Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from world beers. Ours a dark reddish brown. Almost no head. Scent is, caramel, alcohol. Taste is malty, molasses. Pretty good.
Holy (835) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed at Ivar's in Seattle. Nice, spiced flavors, little bitter aftertaste. Would buy a case to enjoy at home.
mcberko (8040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Porterhouse, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out christmas spices and light bready malt. Flavour brings out light Christmas spices, caramel, and bready malt. Well-balanced and cohesive. A nice Christmas ale.
kevinsenn (1301) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of toffsbury. Aroma of fruit, mainly raisins and currants. Bitter spicy English ale. Dried fruit and caramel notes too. Nice strong Christmastime ale.
maxwelldeux (4028) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose is extremely malt heavy, with a lot of caramel, bread and yeast coming through. Taste is sweet with just a hint of harsh booziness to it. OK.
two7offsuit (291) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours Amber to copper with an off white head. Strange mix of spice and hops. Not great.
beastiefan2k (2692) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think I remember this beer being a thing. Like it was special and sought after or at least awaited by the beer geek crowd. This beer and the brewery have seem to be forgotten at this point. I picked up the beer for $1.75 for a 12oz bottle, seems like a fair price. Poured into a Blvd tulip glass. Color is dark ruby with a small head. The beer is clear but the dark color makes it look thick. Bottom of the bottle is crystal clear. To call this an English Strong Ale is a stretch, this would just be an American Strong as far as I am concerned. Its got a good deal of sweetness with lots of English tea and wet caramel biscuit. The biscuit becomes a bit burnty in the flavor as well. Lots of hops around but thankfully the bitterness is low (I loath caramel and high bitterness). This would have been very fun a decade ago. Now, its a fun memory.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"here’s a pretty nice, dark, malty and well balanced winter ale. very light on the spices, nutty and slightly malt heavy - nice on a cold night. mahogony in color. 1st beer from this brewer is pretty nice."