wlajwl (3469) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not horrible for a strong ale, has a nice alcohol warming to it with sugar notes, not bad.
keepersj12 (2511) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Average at best. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small lacing head. Aroma is faint, malty sweet with some bread and yeast. The flavor is a little spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet with a thin feel. Finishes a bit thin without much kick. Not my favorite.
jeff789 (1401) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear amber, ok head, no real retention, big bubbles, no lacing... Smells like generic cowtail candy, loads of generic caramel flavor with faint fruitiness.... loads of caramel in the flavor with subtle hints of spicy yeast... Dry finish, medium bodied.. Flavor is not horrible for a beer in this price range, but the aroma is quite off....
vikingguy (744) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber w/ off-white head. Pleasant aroma, pungent dark fruit, almost winey. Like the taste too; a good mix of bready malt and ripe fruit. Fruit lends a bit of sourness. Medium body, low hops content...maybe a bit too low as it seems to leave the finish a bit flat. Overall this is nice. A good winter session ale.
Ron (2311) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this at the neighborhood party tonight. Deep amber in color. Lightly spiced and fruity aroma. Sweet at the start with notes of malt, caramel and a bit of cocoa. Hint of spice. Flavors are fairly subdued. Some bitterness is barely noticeable. Good stuff. Thanks Jim and Bob.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet toffee malt aroma, with some caramel and light hoppy notes. Malty toffee flavor with some brown sugar notes and light hops. Not bad.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: A little British. A little easier to drink than most English strong ales from England. At first I thought it was watered down, but it was actually just smooth. It was less earthy and bitter than a lot of British versions. It was sort of between a British and a Belgian strong ale. The hops were way more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark, brownish amber with a very small, off-white head that almost completely diminished. The aroma had moderate cookie, caramel, nuts and toasted malt; light to moderate herbal hops; apple, cherry, spices, maple syrup, brown sugar and ever so slight alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was rather sweet, rather bitter and slightly acidic with a slightly longer than average duration. There was caramel, maple, syrup, herbal hops, yeast, perfumy hops, something like rye, cherry light spices, toasted malt, crackers, fruit cake, brown sugar and apple. Th body was oily and then dry, but also a little sticky on the lips with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly metallic finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4442) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium orange color with a large foamy tan head that left some lacing. The aroma was toasted caramel, rum, cherry and nut. The flavor was sour, tangy and a bit vegetal with notes of cherry, pear, caramel, nut and hints of vague spices. The finsih was medium length tangy, fruity and spicy. Medium body. Ok.
Tmoney99 (9953) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good spice and malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft texture. Moderate spice bittersweet flavor with with a moderate bittersweet finish of average duration.
NielsenRatings (8081) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at Bull and Bush Xmas tasting in Denver, Colorado. Translucent red orange appearance with a strong malty head. Body is quite spiced with a somewhat strong flavor.