Sledutah (5605) - Utah, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from a trade with Bill, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber/brown with a small off-white head, some lacing in the glass
Aroma: Sweet toasted malts and dark fruits, spices
Taste: Caramel, spices and some hop bitterness in the finish
Nice holiday beer, not over done with the spices.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a amber body with a tan head. Malty with a light woody note, weak spices and a warm fruit sensation. Not all that good.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a nice orange mahogany color with a thin white head. The nose is spicy and sweet with some herbal hop character and a caramel/raisin malty note. The flavor is balanced, a light tartness in the tail and a little yeasty candy note. Not too big of a body for the sweetness involved. More herbal hops in the tail. Very well conceived winter strong ale.
Strykzone (5337) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had a sample of this at Ginger Man in Austin. This poured dark brownish and was opaque. No head and no carbonation seen or felt. The nose offered raisins, other fruit, spices, and malt. This was a bit of a mess to me. Raisins ans spices were tasted but there was an undistinguishable mish mash after that. Not for me.
kramer (5315) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a small thinnish looking fizzy off-white head that faded quickly. The nose is slightly sweet with a light spice and herbal accent. A little husky and grainy smelling. Pretty sweet flavor with a thinnish grainy cereal malt base. Some light spicing late in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a course grainy texture and moderate fizzy carbonation. Not really caring for this one too much, but maybe it is a bit over the hill by the time it got too me.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Hoppy Monk El Paso. Has no head but the holiday festive hue is red and pleasant. Aroma has spiced candi sugar, candied cherries. Is sweet but thankfully not cloying, there is a dry finish bc of the spice. Cinnamon. Thin flavor/body and not hot but feels strong in the head. Not bad, just too thin.
notalush (5217) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a fizzy red, with a head that almost completely dissipates, so it sure doesn’t look like much - nose of toffee, light mineral, raisin, treacle/pudding, and a touch of earthy English ale yeast - medium body - slightly slick mouthfeel - fairly sweet flavors of green raisin, cherry, treacle - some mild sherryish notes - somewhat warming finish - a bit sweet, and somewhat subdued for such a beer, but the more I sit with it the more I feel that that is a welcome change - I’m enjoying it.
onceblind (5152) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Russo’s Pizza on hwy 290 @ West Rd, Houston. Clear orange amber, thin laceful head. Nice malty aroma of pale malt, nice chewy cereal grains, a tad bit of honey and dark fruit. Taste was much the same to my delight. Nice chewy cereal malt, a bit of honey, raisin, subtle winter spice tones, pretty sweet but adequately balanced, finished dark fruity cereal grainy. Nicely done.
djd07 (5030) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is very sweet with spicy hops and pine. Decent lacing on this one. The taste is very smooth malt with a spicy finish and hides the alcohol well. Very easy to drink and a great winter brew. An excellent English Strong Ale from Saint Arnold.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Azurelimits. Served in a tulip.
Pours a copper-bronze color with a very thin head that quickly fades into a thin white color. There are a few bubbles on top as well. The nose is quite plain with just a tad bit of pine and cinnamon along with some caramel backing. The taste is along the same lines--pine and a bit of faint spicing plus a bit of caramel sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation. Overall, nothing offensive as it doesn’t take the spicing too far, though it’s quite boring.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2010