timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp, refreshing, slightly bitter. A hop forward ale - some bitter grapefruit and slight pine, presence of biscuit bread malt. Very pleasant
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Nephilium (1153) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big caramel aroma, with a hint of hops. Pours a clear red with a dusting of off-white head. Mild roasted flavors, with a touch of nuttiness. Light on the palate, and easy to drink. Not too much going on here, thereís a touch of hops in the finish, but nothing really complicated.
flylikeabanana (158) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 This is a nice take on a winter red ale, dark amber with a milky head. Notes of caramel, citrus, toffee and still rather hoppy too.
NikkTwist (897) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Moriartys. Clear dark copper pour. Large pillowy white head that reduced to lingering foam. Somewhat harsh flavors. Burnt caramel. Artichoke. Dark Christmas spice. Sharp tangelo pith. Bitter hop bite. Black pepper. Some odd bitter notes that feel out of balance. Not a typical winter brew. Bit of a challenge, but that can be a good thing if one is in the mood.
tatinek (38) - South Dakota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís cold and snowy here in SD today so I picked up a six of this at the local market. Iím sitting at the the computer now wondering how it tastes compared to their standard ESB. I should have picked up one of those too. Really quite a nice beer for a cold wintery day. I will buy it again. Thanks Redhook
Iphonephan (1228) - Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle at home. Pours a clear reddish brown with a white head. Hints of pine in the nose. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Roasted malts forward with a slight bitter finish.
BeerKurve (219) - - DEC 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Red color. A nice blend of Caramel, Toffee, Grapefruit Hops and Yeasts make the flavor robust and rich. Body is heavy and moderately carbonated and it doesnít come off quite as well as one would hope. Overall itís an excellent winter warmer with a nice flavor
chickenflea (280) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The last of a sixer. I wanted to get familiar with the beer first. The color is a clear chestnut. A small off-white head recedes quickly with islands of lacing, The aroma holds bread and sugar with a touch of apricot. The flavor is malty and earthy. No real noticeable alcohol. Body is medium. Texture is very soft. Low carbonation. This is an easy beer to drink and makes a nice nightcap. I truly enjoy this beer. But I am not sure it is an English strong ale. It seemed like a cross between an amber and a scotch ale.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish-brown with a clinging tan head. The aroma is both hoppy and sweet with notes of pine, grapefruit, and sugar. Medium, smooth palate. Flavor-wise the brew starts sweet and smooth. I would say there's a touch of sugared grapefruit there. The finish is appropriately bitter with some pine notes. Not a bad seasonal.
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maxwelldeux (2240) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and somewhat darker amber color with a smallish head. Nose is fairly week, but has some interesting subtle malty notes. Taste actually has a slightly bitter hoppy note to with with some nice malts balancing it out. Not bad.