minihame2 (260) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, reddish body with small white head. Aroma has mostly malts and some sweet syrup/sugar notes. Mouthfeel is light, somewhat watery with little carbonation. Taste is soft with nice bitterness. It’s a pretty good ale and I can see this working outside winter as well.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, thin brown head. Aroma not impressive, but flavor is actually not too shabby. Malty and toasty. Rich and some very mild spices, but nothing too overbearing. Nice bitter finish.
snoworsummer (3052) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft the the candle pin bowling alley. Pours clear medium brown a frothy off white head. Tastes like malt, musk, gains. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like musk, malt, slightly bready, nutty, and sweet.
sonnycheeba (4148) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pours clear light brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is woody notes, light toffee, cereal malts, and light raisin. Flavor is dry earthy notes, ash, chocolate, and faint dark fruit; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
McGarnigle (577) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 12-pack of Christmas beers. This is a pretty one with a nice clear, dark amber body. Beyond that, I don’t know. It’s not quite an IPA take on a Winter beer, but there is some hop bitterness (45 IBUs per the brewery). A little caramel sweetness, a little roast, but these three elements seem to clash. I don’t think there are spices in it, which is fine with me.
realjb29 (27) - olean, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Nose is very bland only a subtle hint of cinnamon. Appearance good clarity color is almost mahogany a deep amber hue. taste is bland over all only subtle hints of caramel, black cherry, possesses some sour off flavors. moderate carbonation. Overall not good. I would never drink this beer again.
zicksmith (3) - boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013 does not count
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle looks like a chode. Taste is relatively bland but what it lacks in taste it makes up for in alcohol content.
harrymel (1550) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled 20SEP11 (because winter starts in September now?)
A: Copper with a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. near cobweb lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Caramel malts with hints of metal.
T: Herbal, with a near lavender flavor. Nasty.
M: Thin with moderate carb.
O: Been drinking some shit beer tonight, getting tired of it.
Serving type: bottle
Cybercat (3888) - Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma has notes of yeast, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pours a warm chestnut (not necessarily roasting on an open fire, tee hee) with a fairly thick and rather persistent pale buff head. Flavor fills the mouth with malty, woody hop, and subtle nutmeg and cinnamon notes - is that a snippet of cloves? Texture is not particularly thick or fizzy, but it does leave a pleasing finish of hops and understated spices. Yep, not getting the same thing year in and year out is very nice!
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2007 Total Score: 4.2
Pours a deep chocolaty opaque brown; tan head has fine bubbles and persists some. Aroma is rich and creamy and fairly malty with strong hints of spice and coffee. Flavor is mainly malty and has a roast coffee overtone and hints of spice and hops. Very smooth, perfect for the winter holidays.
CharmCityCrab (202) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderately malty character with a bit of roasted malt and hops (Burnt pine?). Reminds me a little of an Amber Ale, with just a tad more hop presence than is typical for the style (You won’t confuse this for an IPA, though). Relative to other winter warmers, a little less sweet and a little more bitter, but fairly balanced. Nothing special, but nothing that will turn you against the winter mix pack from which it comes. Old fashioned bottle design. I don’t know if one would call this a stubby, but its definitely not a long neck.