NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hudsonís in Plover, WI. Pours a clear, deep amber with long-lasting meringue head. Good lacing. Aroma is moderately nutty & spicy. First taste is nutty maltiness with a dash of vanilla. Some fruitiness follows with a surprising spiciness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel but excellent carbonation from a tapper. Never got to try it from a bottle but would definitely ask for it again on tap. Very good.
TXBadger (1421) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown with tan head. Spice, dark fruits, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more spice.
cheap (4111) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Big and black beauty with nice head, shouldah been a 5. Like a black ipa on the palate. Perhaps a bit difficult to the unexpected. Yes, wew, dark beer fer sure. When i saw winter I thunk spicey but it is not; more like dark roasted strong beer. Yes, this must be black IPA, not strong ale, but Iím not doubting its strong, heheh. Thick medicinal finish. Not typical of the friendly point brand beers Iíve had in the past. Yes, either black ipa or baltic porter.
fattybladdy (582) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, very dark brown appearance with a frothy tan head. Slight aroma of raisin, dark fruits. Taste is dark fruit, roasted malt, mild bitterness. Pretty bland.
rubbishystuff (1864) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Dad. Rather booze and sweet tasting. Very warming. A little too sweet for me over all decent. Thick palate. The missus enjoyed it. Serving: Bottle
jerseyjohn71 (186) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 caramel, bread, cereal, chocolate, nuts, toast, roasty, resin, spruce, dough, earthy, alcohol, banana, butterscotch, red, brown, red, black, clear, rocky head, tan foam, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, sticky, creamy, lively, long finish,
kevinator (978) - 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 (1500) - 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 (3693) - 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 (1732) - 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.