kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was OK and improved as it warmed up a bit. Mild malty aroma.
It had a nice mohagony color with a nice foamy head. Average weighted palate with matching carbonation. A pretty malty beer with some nutty flavors and very minor hops presence. It had the English character of subtlety. A little above average.
Bif (1564) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an almost black color with a thick tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with coffee and chocolate with some dark fruit and nut in the background. Taste of roasted malt with coffee, chocolate with a bit of dark fruit. Decent bitterness with that lingers a bit too long. Medium body, quite smooth and seems to mellow out as it warms. Decent seasonal beer
Churchkey (15) - - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance/ Very dark, almost black. A full 2 fingers of rich, brown foam that left a nice sticky lacing.
Smell/ A nice malt aroma with a toasty coffee and chocolate highlights in the background.
Taste/ The thing that I tasted most was a strong coffee flavor followed by a malty chocolate flavor. A slight hop presence was in the background.
Mouth Feel/ This was a very smooth beer wit a nice little hop bite right at the end.
Over All/ I really liked this beer. I think it was pretty well in line with the style. It is not the best winter style beer I have had but I went back and some more when I finished my first six pack. I would drink this again at any time.
Serving type: bottle
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was reasonably good, and certainly at least legitimate. More of a Belgian than an English strong ale, it poured big with a billowing head, and had a strong sweet front (and finish) but also plenty of rich roasted flavors and a little fruitiness. Decent dubbel, basically. Bottle.
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not particularly wintery or warming, IMO. Quite sweet. Toffee aroma but sort of disappears on the tongue.
alobar (2885) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cola brown with no head Aroma of nuts, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate. Toffee, caramel flavor with nuts, and some chocolate. Overall, quite nice.
illiniphil (133) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a creamy tan head. Roasted malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate flavors. Low carbonation. Overall pretty good.
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madvike (2917) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Pours cola with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet, nutty, and breast, with a touch of baking spice. Taste is the same, with a bit of dark fruit. Medium bodies with a bit of carbonation. Too sweet.
SSSteve (3834) - - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. deep red,. near black, with a large tan head. roasted malt aroma. nice milk chocolate notes with roasted barley. lots of chocolate in here. not very hoppy. somewhat creamy. moderately sweet. maybe debittered malts or even lactose?
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of toffee, spice, light carmel and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, earthiness and spice with a smooth lingering spiced toffee finish.