blutt59 (6288) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, reddish orange pour with billowy off white foam, aroma is a lot of candied sugar and orange peel, flavor is more candied sugar, orange peel, herbs, floral notes, strange metallic orange finish
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish, frothy beige head. Big phenols up front, dark fruits, faint spice. Flavor is dominated by phenolic character, dark fruit in the backend, not much else. Highly carbonated, spritzy mouthfeel. Phenolic character is just too much. Not sure why I keep spending 10-14 per from these guys, just to be dissapointed.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium reddish color with fluffy off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, cardomom, cinnamon, belgian sugar and fig. Taste mirrors the aroma but is much more mild and easy drinking. Decent Belgian interpretation but nothing exciting.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing, bro. Pours a brown-amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is spices, light orange peel, and rock candy. Taste is much the same. Some good flavors there but a bit off balance and overly sugary.
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of gum, allspice, apple, plum, sugar.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent.
The spices seem to come out more as bitterness than aromatically. Fizzy and sweet in the mouth, with a finishing bitterness that seems amped up from, as mentioned, spices. Overall it’s ok, but not very memorable or distinctive.
BigBeer45 (1355) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a murky, dark brown and dark red pour with an off-white / light tan colored head, after the head deflated, there were small mounds of bubbles in the center of the beer, it is hard to see the bubbles flowing in the beer while looking into the glass because it is murky and dark, there is a stream of bubbles in the center of the glass, left some nice spotty lacings on the glass,
this beer had aromas of bread, dark fruit aromas of prune & raisin, and spices that are a little more than in the background, faint pepper and esters, brown sugar and raisin-prune fruit sweetness,
flavors consist of dark fruit with faint spices on the palate, the spices are hardly noticeable (less so than noticed on the nose),
a little pepper, there is a little citrus flavor, some fruit and malt sweetness, the spices do give a little pepper and heat on the palate, I think the ginger may have been a bit much in the drink, a little less would have been preferred,
mouth feel is less than medium to medium, and there is some creaminess,
letting this ale warm up brought out the aroma and flavor, I thought the spices were pretty balanced for the most part, even after the ale warmed up to almost room temperature, a nice spice drink.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very nice looking murky brown with thick, foamy tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, brown sugar, horse blanket, pepper and some dark fruit. Flavor is very much the same and the flavors are fairly aggressive but balanced with nice complexity. Mouth feel is medium body with high, fizzy carbonation. Overall, excellent brew!
TreadyTalk (15) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of wine and dried fruits. Dark, deep ruby appearance. Moderately bitter, somewhat harsh. Rich with old, dark fruits.
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured ruby brownish with a decent off-white head.
Strong aroma of spice.
Strong spices in the taste, with a more alcoholic finish.
Great winter ale.
Would definitely have this again.
thegreenrooster (3649) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a murky dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is stellar. Lots of spice, Belgian yeast and a intense brown sugar. Flavor is lots of coriander and spice. Finish has more yeast and a bit of alcohol. Wonderfully flavored beer for a cold winter night. Bonus is that the place i bought this charged me half of what they should have for this beer.