mar (4971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured a deep amber with a cream head. nose is spices, ginger, and malts. a little tart, spices, and the finish is sweet.
onceblind (4843) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark amber under a sticky lacy light beige head. The aroma is earthy nutty with a dark malt syrupiness with a odd but very welcoming herbal background. Nice flavor of Rosemary and some sort of herbal tone with some earthy malt tones, light nuttiness, a little Yrba Mate tea, and a light touch of earthy resiny hops on the finish. A little herbal for my liking but balanced and nuanced.
markwise (4565) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think sebletitje shared this one. Pours hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is malt, citrus hops, herbs, and a slight floral quality. Flavor is similar with herbs and malt. Pretty good.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks to Tweety for sharing this)... Poured a dark amber tone with a tan head. Very malt driven brew with a mild bitterness and warming sensation. Lightly hop with a caramel, nutty and earthy tone really shining through. Easy drinking and what you’d expect for a winter warmer.
maxwelldeux (3959) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish dark amber color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose has some nice toasting to it with just a hint of caramel coming through. Taste isn’t sweet, and has a nice dry bite to it that really highlights the toasting. Nice drink.
Cavie (3892) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy blutt59. Clear brownish color. Aroma is slightly roasted with chocolate notes. Flavor is heavy chocolate with a huge bitter bakers chocolate on the flavor. Did I mention chocolate?
joeneugs (3685) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber purchased at BevMo. It pours a dark red color with a nice creamy off white head. The aroma is pretty well balanced with toast, toffee and light fruit salad with some hints of floral, herbal hops. The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma with some strong earthy, floral bitterness, sweet toffee, caramel, toast, fruit and hints of cocoa. It kind of tastes like a cross between an English Strong Ale and a Winter Warmer/Old Ale. Pretty tasty stuff.
hayduke (3534) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a long distance shared beer tasting with Strykzone via Facebook chat. This poured pours reddish brown with a tan head and good lacing. The nose is fairly mild and the aroma a lightly roasted caramel malt presence with some hints of chocolate, coffee, ripe fruit and pine. Fairly complex. The mouthfeel is just a bit bolder than medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. The flavor, like the nose, is not overwhelming, and shows lots of malts with some subtle hops of citrus an pine, The finish goes on and on, and is bitter but not overly so. Overall a very drinkable brew that tastes just as good at the end as it did at the beginning..
BillKismet (3407) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mud-brown body, with a smallish burn-tanned head. The bouquet strikes with luxurious brown malt and candi scents mixed with a chocolate mint flair. Quite the festive holiday bedazzle. Familiar, yet markedly different from the other holiday faire. Chocolate ESB flavors coil around the tongue, which is caressed by a bitter-sweet hop current and trickles of pine sap.
BelgianBeerGal (3279) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle. Pours a nice mahogany brown with reddish highlights. Small tan head but no real lacing. Pretty nice aroma of caramel malt and a slight nuttiness. Flavor was surprisingly gentle with some nice hops present. You know, this was pretty nice...especially for a style I typically don’t favor and find a little "alcoholy."