brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is quite a dark brown color with a finger of off-white/khaki colored head.
S: Smells like what I expect from a winter warmer. Very reminiscent of some of the (good) vintages of Anchor OSA. Lots of pine, spice, and chocolate with a bit of a roasted malt character.
T: The flavor is good as well. Lots of malt flavor that is somewhat roasty and a fair amount of chocolate. There’s some caramel and molasses, too. There’s a good herbal/spice quality (perhaps juniper?) and a touch of pine.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is low to medium. Pretty smooth and somewhat creamy.
D: A well done winter seasonal from Moonlight. Really easy to drink my pint of and wouldn’t mind having this again.
bhensonb (12759) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Beer Revolution. Pours black with no head. Aroma is burnt malt and maybe juniper. Flavor is that plus a little resin. Very clean. Not at all sticky. Finishes nicely bitter.
marcus (7819) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado. This black ale poured with almost no head. The flavor is of roasted malt and treacle, with a lasting bitter finish. Overall, a very pleasant and rich brew.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Blackish beer with a nice beige head. Caramal malt and some roastiness in the aroma. Caramel malt, roasty, and then a nice bitter hop (pine/citrus) flavor. Nicely balanced. Easy to drink. Rich, velvety mounthfeel.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at toronado. Black with a fizzy white head. Faint roasty aroma. Burnt roasty taste with a good bitter bite. Good.
bytemesis (4962) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @NOPA, New Years Eve. I would call this a stout, myself, but what the hell. Pours opaque black with a small brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of dark roasted malts, yeast, molasses, and perhaps a bit of musty mushroom. Aroma is the same (thankfully minus the mushroom), plus a bit of coffee. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, lightly astringent. A bit of tobacco on the finish. Medium body and creamy in the mouth. Quite nice.
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Toronado. It pours dark brown with a creamy tan colored head. The aroma is surprisingly bright with hops and some dark fruits with a hint of roast. The flavor is the same with an incredibly rich mouthfeel and a big bitter toasted finish. This one shines with the appearance and mouthfeel. A very nice winter beer!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Toad in the Hole. Pours a dark, cola-brown color; very light cocoa-colored head with lacing that coats the glass like paint; nice pour. Nicely dry, roasted aroma: cocoa, bitter chocolate, and heavily roasted malts; very bitter, but not necessarily from a hop note; heavily bittered roast. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lively bitterness, minerals, roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate; tastes almost bittersweet, like it could perpetually stand to breathe a little; tight carbonation, sharp bitterness; the juicy mineral and citrus hoppiness becomes more prominent as it warms, outshining the bitter chocolate core. Lasting, bitter mineral hops, bitter chocolate; perfectly dry, as always.
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Rating #1 Tap hand pulled (7 5 8 4 17). Deep brown with a lush rich roasted malt falvor with a long aftertaste. Some vinous qualities. Rating #2 Tap @ Toronado on 11/22/06 (6 3 8 4 16). Dark brown color with a tan head. An airy and delicious malt flavor, mildly sweet with hints of coffee and candy. Very smooth with a great aftertaste.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Trappist. Black with a tan head. Piney hops and roasty aroma. Great dark chocolate flavor with a strong piney and citrucy hop flavor as well. THey said this was an English style winter warmer and I have to agree that there was nothing Belgian about it. This walks a fine line of dark malt and hop flavor combinations, but the chocolate flavors go quite well with the hops.