b3shine (5203) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks decent; a cloudy brown with AMPLE off-white head and lively carbonation. Smells of dark fruit, yeast, and caramel. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Forgettable.
onceblind (3965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark murky nutty brown with a gigantic light cream head, even when poured gently. Smells like roasted caramel and earthiness along with a bitter grassy and leathery hop note. Flavor is kinda nutty and earthy with some boozy toasted caramel malt, light notes of chocolate, some leather, a little herbal and earthy hop flavor and semi-strong hop bitterness. Like a calm BIPA with less roast and less American hops.
benpickens (402) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly good! Pours dark with a medium head. Typical British Xmas ale aromas of fruitcake and port and cinnamon. Great palate with super crisp finish.
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pumpmaster (1124) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $3.99/6-pack. Very good!
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a very dark red color with a thick head of tan foam. The nose smells of spiced bread, brown sugar, cherries, and apples. The flavor leans towards the sweet and spiced side, like you would expect from a holiday ale. The sweetness is balanced with abundant carbonation and light earthy bitterness. A little pine and vanilla come out as it warms. Nice brew.
zoucrew102 (473) - - MAR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is fruity with hints of hops. Pours medium amber with a thick off white head.
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ajnepple (1998) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Mahogany in color. Bitter hops, chocolate malts, nuts and light caramel.
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Lucky 13, San Francisco, CA. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity sweetish malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish.
glennmastrange (2226) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of bread and roasted, light cooked orange for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, with brown sugar and dried fruit. Head is huge, frothy turning rocky, off-white with excellent lacing and is fully lasting. Color is muddy medium red/brown. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate was undescernable from the overly fizzy carbonation. This English Strong Ale has nice aromas but the flavor is out of balance and its carbonation hides too much of the mouthfeel.
MrBeerFanatic (841) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium mahogany with an off white frothy head. Aromas on the malty side of sweet caramel, toffee, candy, bubblegum, light fruity hops, and a touch of chocolate. Flavors of light roasted malts, slight grain, grass, very light ester of bubblegum, and light caramel. Light to medium sweetness, bitter finish, slight roasted malt aftertaste. Kind of an interesting mix of flavors as the aromas put out different vibes than the flavors.