Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper color with a fizzy beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and a little citrus. Flavor of sweet malts, toffee, spices and with some hops in the finish. Thanks to Dogbrick for the trade.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 11/30/09. 12oz bottle. Filtered with an orange ruby hue. Finger width of cavernous off-white head. Heady aromas of sweet bready malts. Faint earthy spice. Medium bodied with a very sweet malt palate. Yep, definitely sweet! Big berry esters and citrus notes throughout. Nice sipper. Once the sweetness subsides, the hops start to shine. Definite dichotomy. And both really stand up. This really has a pleasant complexity. Bready malts and earthy hops. Good carbonation. Solid brew!
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from notes july 09 dark reddish orange pour lil tan to white head. lots of malt flavor with presense of citrusy hop flavor in the backin very enjoyable. only problem was last glass of the cask should of brought knife and fork cause it was a wee bit chewy. still one of my favorite st arnold brews
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Ben. Amber colored pour with a slight tan head. Aroma is malty, biscuity and spicy. Flavor is very malty with some hops and more spiciness. Sweet finish. Very nice sipping beer.
onceblind (3575) - 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.
dfinney23 (1377) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange amber with a thin head. Nice spice and malt aroma. Flavor is caramel and spices. Once again, I’ll probably run out of these before Christmas.
AndresTM (300) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Great aroma, teeming with dark fruits, caramel, and floral hops, which results in a very Christmas-evoking sensation. I even got some Gummi Bear, which just adds to the awesomeness of it. The taste is a bit more one-dimensional, albeit still good, with hops taking the lead and the malt-derived sweet notes in the background. I want to give this another try.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, light fruittiness and light spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, spice and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering malty finish.
ration (1887) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
041112. Tap at the brewery, Houston tx. Pours clear copper with a small head. Aroma hops, spices, caramel. Slight sweet toffee taste. Not that spicy. Not Bad.
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber with an abundant, rocky, cream head. Big aromas of butterscotch and vanilla with a floral hop bouquet. Sweet, spicy, and toasty malts up front followed by a nice hop tingle. Medium body, bit of a metallic finish. A great Holiday beer that has improved dramatically over the years.