unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had no idea what to expect from this brew, but I was pleasantly surprised! It pours dark brown with a little red throw in for good measure. The aroma is sweet, somewhat candy-like but clean and malty. Not a lot of head in the glass, mostly just a ton of carbonated fizz. The taste is sweet, a little bitter, with hints of ripe apple. The finish is nice, clean, and spicy! I canít complain about this one at all, itís very good! I like this MUCH better than most of the so-called winter ales Iíve tried, and Iím only sorry I bought just one bottle!!
TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown almost black color with tan head. Roasted caramel malt, a little spice, and charr on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes warm and roasty.
legion242 (2185) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably better then my numbers reflect, but I just could not add it up any other way/ BTW, I listed this as an ASA, but if someone else can come up with something more fitting, please feel free to change. Very thin head with some good lace. Brilliant garnet color with a crisp tongue feeling. Good burnt malt, but not over done like B-ridge. In other words, nicely balanced.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark garnet red, with a decent sized, but quickly dissipating head. Aroma is subtle, but thereís quite a lot going on: caramel, toffee, some biscuit/butterscotch, light milk chocolate, even some mild plum. taste is mildly chocolate, leading to a tangy raisin taste, and again something buttery. Gentle roasted nuts in the finish (innuendos aside). Not much of a hop presence. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but it seems like it was done out of intention, rather than failing to make it thick. All the flavors were pretty mild and well blended. This beer was incredibly easy drinking and I was astonished to find out it was 8%. Very well hidden. This is probably the most session-friendly winter beer Iíve tasted that didnít half-ass the quality. Kudos to Rahr.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for this beer. Poured a dark mahogany with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of sweet nuts, fruits, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is extremely smooth, with notes of sweet fruit, nuts, toffee, a bit of smoke. Alcohol is undetectable in the initial flavor and only shows up to balance out the finish. I could not believe this is 8%. It drinks like a refreshing session beer. Not the most complex beer Iíve had, but so well balanced, flavorful and drinkable that it really sat well with me. Could have downed two or there more of these (which is why itís probably a good thing I only had one at my disposal). A surprise treat from Texas that made my evening.
bhensonb (11044) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy. The white tape guy! Thanks a bunch. Pours damn near opaque brown with a foamy 4-finger beige head. Whoa - aroma of dark malt and cinnamon sticks (we just got a bunch of those). Medium plus body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is dark malt, astringent cinnamon bark thing, coffee, maybe chocolate. Yeh, I think chocolate. The head is clinging all over the tulip glass. Iíll also buy nutty. But muted nutty. Finishes dry, but some malt sweet insists on hanging around. Then everything goes creamy. Creamed coffee aspects. Enjoying the heck out of this. Merry Xmas guys. Iím with Fratto on this one.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Ben. Deep brown colored pour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma and taste is molasses, chocolate and a slight roasted coffee note. Finish is some roastiness and caramel.
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, caramel, coffee and light spice. The taste is akin to a thin imperial stout. Rich chocolate, wood, roast and coffee dominate. Then thereís a mild bitterness in the finish. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation and a mild alcohol presence. Nice.
Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dull yet still clear brown with a thick frothy khaki head. Aroma is light, some toasty malt.
Taste is smooth, roasty malt thatís not at all spicy. Dark caramelized flavors, semi-sweet brown malt with some nutty brown sugar but the overall effect is not overly sweet at all. Very, very faint trace of hops in the middle, hints of smoke, maybe some dry dark cocoa. Finish is clean and slightly bitter, no trace of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, almost lager-like, which exposes the brewerís well-known preference for lagers. Exists somewhere between a clean brown ale and an old ale. Bottles are better than keg; I could drink this all year round.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with my friend Brian. Pours a deep mahogany with a diminishing off white head. Pleasant aroma of berries, spice, and mild chocolate. Nice medium to medium light mouthfeel, more like a session than a typical strong ale. Aroma carries into the flavor. Flavor of plums, caramel, chocolate, berries, accented by some subtle spice. Not overly sweet. There is not much hop bitterness in this one. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, and makes this very dangerous. A very pleasant surprise. I would recommend that you ask for this when trading with Dallas ratebeerians. However, I would put this in the spice/herb/vegetable category, not American Strong Ale.