troyc (2200) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Tap] Pours a deep, dark brown color. Very little head on top. Aroma of roasted malts. More spice in the taste. Cocoa powder, nutmeg, sticky molasses, light wood smoke and tobacco in the flavor. A little thinner than expected. Low carbonation levels. OK overall. Tasting notes from 2/2014.
rondphoto (1539) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
@ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Clear brown with a head that drops quickly to a light cover, no lace. Off-tasting malt with vegetable herbs that is prominent enough to be present when I donít know the recipe. Maybe it goes where the brewer intends, but it isnít a very desirable place. Not a keeper.
crossovert (6351) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Malty aroma, hint of spice, slight slat. Flat, slight spice, some caramel and bread. This is pretty bad.
phaleslu (5868) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a cloudy amber color with a beige head that laces the glass. The aroma has a blend of winter spices, with brown sugar, toasted malts, and nuts. The flavor goes pretty much the same way. The spices are not overpowering, and follow a nutmeg-cinnamon-allspice range. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, dry, spicy mouthfeel. Really toasty, which is nice when balanced with some spice. Worked for me.
julesy831 (3) - - JAN 11, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much flavor for a beer that looks as nice as it does. Smooth but mild tasting
b3shine (4429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a mostly transparent dark amberish brown with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes like a brown ale with notes of malt and a bit of bread, winter spices, and toastiness. Average on the palate. Okay.
bubblehouse (229) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very carbonated when poured. Taste like a nutbrown. Descent aroma lacking in flavor. Would drink again but probably only in a pinch.
malrubius (1578) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Save On. Dark reddish brown with lasting small head. Caramel apple cinnamon bread aroma. Caramel with dark fruit and apple pie spice with medium assertive herbal bitter finish. Medium body. Okay, Probably should be retired in favor of a big winter scotch ale.
chinchill (1378) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pour is medium red-brown, clear, with a tan head that soon settles to a partial coat but continues to leave a nice coat of lacing on the glass with each tilt.
Feel: near medium body seems too thin. Medium+ carbonation seems a bit too high.
Nice aroma; surprisingly similarity to a Belgian dubbel but not the same. Rather nutty for one thing.
O: flavor is a bit too weak, and the body a bit too thin, for a Winter warmer.
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is not a bad beer at all, but I donít really feel that it hits the style. It is malty and sweet like an Octoberfest style and the spice characteristics that should be present are very subtle. There is enough of a hop finish to fit into a Red type of category, but it doesnít really hit the mark there either. Bottom line is that it is an interesting beer, worth trying, but not what you would expect from a Winter.