SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
had as Winter Ale, bro .. . deep brown .. squirrel belly foam .. . lots of spice, spiked jam, and piney booze .. . would be good in a mince pie, other than that, nothing i’d want again .. . . The downside of DVR is getting freaked out by tornado warnings from four days ago..
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour has a dark black color and leaves the same colored body with a nice ringy lacing clinging very nicely to the pint glass in rings - nice show.
The smell is very coca cola-like initially, but as it warms, some light cherry/raisin comes forth.
The taste has some sweet malty Coca-Cola like qualities with some roasted malty notes and the cherry/raisin like qualities coming back. It has a smooth Coca-Cola like aftertaste with a long sweet somewhat watery finish.
On the palate, it sits about a medium, comes across somewhat sessionable. Carbonation seems a bit smooth for the style and for me, interesting creaminess coats the mouth and tongue.
Overall, this is not a bad winter warmer, pretty interesting with that coca cola aroma and flavoring. Would I have this again, unsure ... but I’m starting to think I should stop reviewing the darker winter warmers as I seem to be straying from a fair amount of them.
BrewDad (4628) - Olympia, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown in color, clear with a thin head. Nice easy drinking winter ale . Rich and spicy.
HoppyBudgie (606) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown with tan head, Aroma of chocolate and liquorice. Flavour of raosted malts and dark chocolate. Fullbodied with high carbonation (too mutch compared to 2012) sticky texture and dry finish, One of my favourites christmas beers. Solid
coolfunnj (310) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
big chocolaty caramel coffee and toasted malt flavors along with some subtle spice really nice lets you know what youre in for...dense dark brown/black color,no light gets thru..thick foamy tan head lots of lacing on the side of the glass..tastes like coffee..licorice..caramel and chocolate maybe a holiday ale but tastes like a Russian imperial stout ..hops just for tingle at the end more than taste..big beer with thick creaminess otherwise low carbonation and full body..so this is what Norway calls a winter ale..this stuff will warm you up
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown. Aroma of chocolate and oranges. Roasty, sweet and really rich. with clean mouthfeel. Dark chocolate dominates. Salty aromatic finish. An excellent, complex,
Blade86 (460) - Wrocław, POLAND - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
chocolate and a little alcohol aroma; very dark, hazy, small off-white foam; medium sweetness, light bitterness; full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long bittersweet finish;
Overall: not my glass of beer, too strong, too sweet yet undoubtedly very well made
erickok (3161) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large stable frothy tan head over a black body. WIntery spices, juniper berries and clove. Roasted coffee malts, bit woody and some old leather. Sweaty but not necessarily fruity yeast. Some residual dark sugar. Tasty mouth feel, fairly foaming. Not entirely convinced by the balance though, the bitterness is a bit astringent and the sweetness a bit simple. The spices make it a bit medicinal too. Perhaps the yeast that doesn’t quite work for me with the dry roasted malts. I don’t know but I’m not blown away. Aroma is nice though and the mouth feel top notch. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
hotstuff (3901) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 5-11-2010 - This bottled beer pours a large very fizzy tan head that mostly diminishes, mostly opaque dark brown body, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, hops, and some yeast. The taste is caramel malt and chocolate. The palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, has a nice warming sensation, worth trying, and a beer I would enjoy having again.
tbopslt (332) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour. Thick creamy chocolate colored head. Strong alcohol and malt aroma. Sweet start, bitter finish. A very different Winter Ale but enjoyable.