j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown, though mostly clear. Fairly still, no head to speak of. Complex aromas with lots of stuff going on. Cough syrup, tobacco, cherries, spices. Creamy mouthfeel with chocolate, tar, and light roast flavors coming through. Slow warming alcohol on the finish.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
lightly phenolic nose with a hit of tripel like booze and a touch of berry/bubblegum. flavor is more of the latter; further tripel like qualities of pleasant sweetness reminiscent of berries. yeast and winter spice follow the lead and close with a relatively soft mouthfeel considering the color the body presents.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at GABF 2009. Pours a cola brown with off-white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of chocolate, yeast, ripe berries, hints of spice and caramel. Flavor is about the same. Medium body with a pleasing fruity and spicy finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: October 22, 2009
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: dark brown, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, lots of chocolate, light spice
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of sweet fruity esters, touch of spicyness, strong cinnamon presence
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 On draught @ TAPS. Cloudy copper brown with a small off-white head, fair retention. Also served in the proper Adoration glass, and too cold. Spicy aroma of nutmeg, anise, and molasses, as well as dark candi sugar. Alcohol and drying Belgian yeast dry out the flavor, but it’s still kinda sweet. Bitterness peaked @ a 2-3 with some chocolate in the boozy finish. Big full body with light to moderate carbonation. Definitely a bastardized Belgian winter warmer.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy orange-brown with a thin head. Fruit malty aroma of orange, belgian yeast, cloves and pine. Flavor is sweet orange almost like candy, malt, raisins, very sweet and spicy. Bitter and dry finish with a little zing from the alcohol. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. A year or two in the bottle and this will be amazing.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: It poured a slightly murky brown body with a short and short-lived beige head that devolved quickly into a slender ring with a bit of film. No lace at all. The aroma had some sweet dark malt at the bottom, but was over-spiced to a medicinal state, smelling like Smith Brothers black cough drops and pine needles. The smooth mouthfeel tempered the strong spices into a blending of licorice, candied dark fruit, and bitter spices. Interesting, but not something that I’d drink again soon.
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of spruce, dark sweet fruits, lots of spices (clove, anise, pepper, licorice). Flavor of sweet fruits (plum, raisins) with lots of spices and chestnuts. Dry, sweet finish. Good winter ale!
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma starts out very up front with a great deal of spice, but with a bit of patience lends itself also to plum, toffee, caramel, and nuts, I’m going to go with almond. In the mouth a gritty nut presence is the boldest to mesh with the still forward spice character, though rich caramel notes also show up. Though not really my type of beer in terms of the spicing, this one works well for me.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Taps Petaluma. Pours a dark, milky brown color; creamy light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; bubbles soon left only on the perimeter. Sweet raisins, overripe dried dark fruits, creme brulee, and Belgian sugars in the nose; some alcohol; generous. Full, chewy, viscous mouthfeel: lots of overt Belgian sweetness (brown sugar, esters, dried fruits) coupled to a slightly sharp carbonation and white pepper notes; very full, very generous profile; not undeveloped sugar, just a hugely developed and overly sweet core right now; pushy; sharp on the tongue. Lengthy sweet finish of brown sugar, Belgian sugars, and graham cracker. I could see this developing beautifully with a couple years behind it.