KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear burnt copper with an average (1-2 finger) off white fluffy head that dissipated at a normal pace, down to a thin film with a small collar and had very good sticky lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, light herbal hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, dark fruit (raisons and plums) and a lightly mild spiciness.
The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a hint of caramel from the onset, becoming slightly bitter sweet and a tad acidic with a touch of dark fruit and a light spicy alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a slightly bitter spicy taste left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a thin dry texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this brew was a nice change from a lot of winter beers, possessing good malty backbone, a nice sweet fruitiness and just a smidgen of spice, giving it a really good drinkability...
asedzie (784) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with light khaki head. Nose has citrus, toast and very mild pine. Flavor is rich malt toastiness exceeded by wonderfully bitter and woody hoppiness. Finish is warm, slightly earthy with bitterness lasting in the cheeks. This beer is wonderful in its simplicity - my choice when I am snowed in.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a semi hazy light copper orange with frothy white head. Aroma has a lot of hay an grass. Flavor is earthy with a lot of grassy and nutty notes. Not very exciting. Body is light with medium carbonation.
highibus (774) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy crimson with no head to speak of. Flavor is malty and sweet. Light spicing also noted. Fairly heavy beer but not overly alcoholic. Finishes malty. Decent but nothing special.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best part about winter is the seasonal brews!! Pours a deep amber with little to no off white head. Nice spicy, hoppy nose. The flavor was hoppy, spicy, malty wintery goodness. Great brew!!!
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pour is deep amber and almost brown in color. Slight caramel and and dust. Flavor is slight dark fruits, caramel, and more dust. It tastes much better than the aroma. Loads of lacing in the glass. Not really as enjoyable as i’d hoped.
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasty, toffee, sweet malt aroma. Caramel, sweet, bread crust, and toasted malt flavor. A little fruity. Spices are in the aroma and flavor, but not a ton--probably just about right. Maybe allspice and cinnamon?
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thin off-white head.
Aroma: Rich caramel malts, very spicy English hops, and a light fruitiness. Fairly dry aroma.
Taste: Just lightly sweet malt body with caramel, dark fruit and a touch of tea. Very spicy, floral and citrusy English hops are used to great effect on the finish. While not particularly bitter, the hop profile suggests it is higher than the listed 29 IBUs.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, smooth medium to full body, very dry finish.
Overall: Quite simply, this is one of the best traditional English-style Ales I have had. Drinkable, full flavored and delicious.
swanmann (718) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 This was probably my first declared "favorite" beer. Darker amber. Maybe a bit over carbonated. They have a cask conditioned on tap sometimes. The lower carbonation really opens up the flavors. Wood and smoke, sap even (?) I really like it. Pork or pizza.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber color with a very small reamy white head which did not hang around very long. There really isn’t much in the way of aroma. Smells of bread and perhaps a touch of alcohol. There really wasn’t much in the way of flavor. It was served so cold I couldn’t really pick much up. Will need to revisit this beer at a later time. What I did pick up on was all rather light with very mild flavors of nuts and toffee. Really not much else going on here. Overall, this isn’t really anything too exciting. Very middle of the road for craft beer.