RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with reddish tints. Aroma is of ginger, sweet malt, nutmeg, and alcohol. Taste is like a liquid gingerbread man with a hint of alcohol. Real nice stuff.
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extra from trade with phaleslu...thanks! Brown pour, small off white head. Burned caramel, vegetal notes, herbs and a bit of booze on the nose. Flavor is full of caramel, buchwheat pancakes and a very light bitter finish. Good beer.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extra from trade with phaleslu. Pours dark caramel amber brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, spice, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is similar with malt, spice, and molasses. Medium body and pretty nice overall.
sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of markwise.
pours amber, off-white head.
Aroma light spices, malty caramel character. Found the aroma to be a little lacking, though the taste made up for it.
Flavors, got a lot of nice winter spices, cinnamon, some caramel/toffee, chocolate.
Lingering roasted malts, good balance with a mild caramel finish.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Smells of caramel, roses. Tastes of sweet malt, some spicy hints, nutty. Not much going on.
smith4498 (3468) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, bananas and some other spices. Lots of brown sugar and and caramel flavors with some spices. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Peter.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours clear dark brown with a reddish tint and a small off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, banana, spices, caramel malts, brown sugar, and a little earthy note. Flavor is sweet, with caramel malts, banana, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, spices, and toast. Light-medium bodied, with light carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Pretty good. Re-rate: Better than I remembered. Nice spice-hop-malt balance. Good body, not overly spicy.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark amber with a lasting, one finger white head. Immediately hit with chocolate with caramel and dry roasted coffee. Pretty good on this cold evening.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: January 01, 2010
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, touch of rich candy caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, light spicyness, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
alexsdad06 (8430) - Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle (label says 8% not 6%). Pours a clear deep reddish copper color with a fine beige head. The aroma was caramel malt with some spice and earthy (herbal)hops. The flavor is a well blended mixture of caramel malt and earthy hops. Moderately sweet to start with a dry bitterness in the finish. There isn’t a singular spice I can pick out, but there is enough there to be a presence. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a nice beer to end a cold evening with. Actually, the malts are coming out a bit more as I continue to type and drink.
Is this the same beer that had 4 ratings all from prior to 2009? There are clear differences in the stated ABV.