JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a pretty good beer. It pours dark with a light aroma of malt and a little bitterness. The flavor is malty, caramel-like and a little dry. It’s not spectacular, but it’s decent.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The pour is rich deep brown, with a medium white head, which dissipates quickly. the nose is of slightly leathery, with hints of tobacco leaf, dark fruit, and sugars. The flavor is warming graced by touches of cinnamon, caramel and the slightest finish of hops. Decent, and I would drink again, however better seasonals are on the market.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Dark reddish-brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, piney refreshing hops. The flavor is malty and sweet with a slightly harsh bitterness and piney, minty hops. Full, creamy mouthfeel. I’m not really that satisfied with this as a winter warmer because the hops have a minty, cooling quality that seem to work against said warming properties. Couple this to a slightly unclean bitterness in the finish, and I’m not too big of a fan, though its still a decent beer.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
very dark brown body with a dimpled tan head. It has a spicy , citrusy aroma with notes of anice. The flavor has huge notes of raisins and not much malt. moriarty’s philadelphia pint for $5.25
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Pours in mahogany with a foamy two fingered head that quickly dissipates and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet fruit and some spice. Flavor is sweet almost cloyingly so. There is some nuttiness and spice in the background. The finish is mildly bitter (hops). Mouthfeel is medium. Average winter warmer.
nick76 (4292) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 The aroma has deep toasted malt, piny hops and caramel. The appearance is mahogany with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is thin. Overall a decent but not great beer.
Edgekrusher (84) - , Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good winter ale. Alcohol aftertaste is soul warming. Tastes a little like caramel coffee.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 26, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(2001). not quite a barley wine as it is dominated by a malty toast-like taste,as in a scotch ale some spices here with a understated hoppiness.
potent alcohol content is masked well to make this a good winter warmer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark ruby with a medium tan head that diminshed quickly. Very spicy malty cherry aroma. Flavor is very dry and not nearly as sweet as I remember previous vintages. The alcohol is fairly prominent. Kind of one dimensional. Disapointing.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A clear dark brown beer with alcohol in the smell as well as copious amounts of malt, and some esters. The flavor is a bit bitter near the end, lasting aftertaste.