Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottles, tap, brewery. I have a ton of this each winter. Dark, dark red pour. Cinnamon and malt aroma. Tastes of caramel, malts, a little sweetness, and a hint of alcohol. Thick feel with a lasting aftertaste.
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rollinhard. Reddish brown pour with an off white head. Roested grain and dark fruit aroma. Smooth malt taste with nice touches of cherry and some hop bitterness. Good brew.
kidmartinek (3507) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer look like a beer should when you pour it in a beer glass. Its 80% opaque brown malt colored with a 1 inch beige head that settles to a 1/8" faster than id prefer. The aroma is clean and has notes of spring water and clove. The flavor is heavy with heavily toasted, roasted, almost burnt malt, and clove. Appeal is smooth and easy. Lacing is light on the glass. Finish is spicy and malty. Tastes good when its 68 in your house and 105 outside.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from 12-oz bottle and shared by moelikebeer. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with an average sized beige head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, cloves, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, and white pepper. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of roasted caramel malt, a hint of molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Finish is more towards the malty side with a clove and herbal aftertaste. A typical Christmas sliced strong ale.
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a lasting creamy beige head. Smell is slightly herbal and malty. Taste is a bit bland, but with smooth herbal and light caramel malt. Almost no bitterness. Creamy body with soft to medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but not too amazing.
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber pour. Herbal, earthy on the nose. Taste is heavy: malt, herbs molasses.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells herbal, vegetal and sweet. Tastes of pepper, earthy, tea, spicy, light. Enjoyable.
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Via trade. Pours a dark brown with a two finger light tan head. The nose is sweet, malty, some corn, bready, . The flavor is crisp, bready, malty, mildly sweet, biting spice, some bitterness, kind of a lager feel.
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown, fluffy tan head. Nose is sharp, peppers, spices, and a bit of turpentine. Taste comes off spicy, a bit malty, peppery, and that off taste of turpentine/paint thinner. This distracts what should be a very nice beer. OK to drink and goes down easy but that "odd" flavor does not do this beer any favors.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours very dark coffee brown with a faint ruby glow. A big beige head left light lacing. Ground coffee and cocoa dust on the nose as well as some toasted malts. Flavor was big on roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. finish was crisp with the brew being medium in body, pretty good.