robforbes (2072) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear dark copper with a red tint, a small thick tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of malt, nuts, spice, and some caramel.
taste is of sour malt, spice, caramel, and pepper, ends tart, and a little thick.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mahogony pour with thick tan head. Malty aroma with a hint of spices. Tastes of caramel malt and a bit of licorice, not too sweet with a slightly sour bitter finish. A little weak on the finish and palate; I expected a little bit more excitement for a winter ale, but not bad.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kind of fruity aroma with a pinch of smoke. Deep red chestnut in color, fairly clear with some bubbles. Very little head. Toasty caramel flavor is off the charts! Nice herbal hop balance makes me come back for more. Very quaffable with nary a hint of alcohol. A real winner!
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Pours clear and slightly thick dk brown with a small off white head...aroma is dark fruit and malt, roasted nuts and yeast...flavour is sweet caramel and plums, leading into dark burnt sugar bitterness and a rough grain grit...fun balance between sweet and savory makes this a fun winter warmer...
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. pours super dark brown with a lacy head. Aroma is dark malts, lightly coffee bitter, just a touch of sweetness. balanced finish. unremarkable.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown with medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel and a bit of raisin. Sweet malty flavour with full body, some slight bitterness in the finish.
highibus (733) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours deep ruby brown with lasting white head. nice aroma of chestnut and biscuit malt. as i take a sip it is somewhat flat on the flavor. some hints of sweet dark fruit but it quickly cuts out. no finish at all. not bad but not a fav winter.
HungTuna (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice vanilla and licorice nose, but overwhelming alcohol backbone made it hard for these flavors to come forward. Needs more chewable malt characterisitcs.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, toasty malty backbone. Nice winter warmer with a lot of body. A little caramelly, a little hoppy. Really fizzy on the tongue. Pretty solid, though I prefer their IPAs.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany into a pint glass (unfortunately, I have yet to find an alt). Abundant but dissipating head. Slight hop presence on the nose, little malty sweetness, spices, apple. Man, oh man is this beer an oddball. No detectable hops despite the aroma, only mild malty sweetness. The prevailing taste is spiced apples. Could really use some extra sweetness to balance out the spice. Soft carbonation, fairly drinkable. Doesn’t seem to sit well on the stomach; bit too watery for the slightly detectable alcohol presence. This would be great if it was richer and sweeter. Not something to drink much of. Perhaps relative, but this brew doesn’t make me feel well at all. Almost nothing doesn’t sit well in my gut. Disappointing end.