beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful deep copper color with a thick white head. MAlty arom with a touch of hops. Toasted malt and carmel come through before the hop bittereness kicks in, Very complex medium mouth feel beer. One of the best "Winter" ales out there.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival
very dark amber with ruby highlights, rich malt aroma with floral hops, heavy malt flavor, dry, slight bitterness in the finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
jason (1812) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber body with nice head. Aroma is buttery, creamy, malt. Flavor is creamy butter, cranberries, spices, lightly bitter, caramel.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The ringwood yeast is prominent here and it accompanies the aggressively hoppy clover-like flavor I’m starting to associate with the MA beers. The body seems a bit too light for a winter warmer. Balance doesn’t seem to be here and its hard to gauge this one.
MattShizzle (587) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - from sampler pack. Copper color, slightly cloudy. Strong full flavor, definitely notice hops. A bit sweet.
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really my thing. It seems overly bitter and not-too-complex, somewhat like the beers Saranac churns out. Despite my love for Middle Ages, this one definitely falls short.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours very red yellow. . tastes like a scotch ale with its strong malty character... some citrus in there as well, i wish it was a bit more spicy, other than that it tis an alright brew.
doublebock (546) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color , very flat , lack of any noticiable aroma or head, very milld spiciness bit of orange at the finish
thornecb (5275) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into an English pint. Tan head with excellent retention. Malt aromas. Upfront malt with a lasting, bitter finish.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Pours an amber-orange with nonexistent head. Slight haze although not entirely opaque. Toffee and other sweet malts in the nose, slight citrus, slightly bread dough - the aroma doesn’t jump out at me but it is nice for what it is. On the tongue I find lingering toffee tinged with a slight splash of alcohol and a nutty, very slightly bitter finish. Smooth, buttery on the tongue (diacetyl?), well-balanced and prototypically English: doesn’t bat you over the head with hops, the ingredients are held in a nice balance with one another. Straightforward and pleasing, although indistinct and muddled in some ways.