J_man (917) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy malt aromas with wooden overtones float off a beautiful, crystal clear deep copper/amber body with an initially foamy white head that recedes eventually to a wispy layer. Definitely malt driven (as it should be), there’s an overtone of nuttiness followed by caramel, light molasses, and a bit of raisin and dark fruit. Good, earthy hop bitterness balances this out and ties up each sip perfectly. Leaves on a slightly (and delicious) bitter note with some lightly charred wood. Excellent winter ale!
bigben873 (202) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma - Musky aroma
Appearance - Medium clear brown, light head
Taste - tastes like a nutty, bitter porter
Palate - medium body, light carbonation
Overall - Not my style of beer
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a copper tinted, clear medium brown with a thin eggshell head. Aroma is brown sugar coated roasted nuts, buttery toffee, sweet grain, floral and planty hops. Flavor is roasted nuts, bitter planty, herbal hops, caramel, buttery toffee and a strong mineral note near the finish that goes well with the light, lingering bitterness. Palate is on the viscous side of light bodied, slick on entry, dry on the finish and has a light, but sharp carbonation. Pretty basic, and a little too buttery, and over carbonated, but decent.
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Sam’s.
Ar: Up front, toffee and nutty notes.
Ap: Pours a clear dark brown-copper with a nice, frothy 1" head. Great lace rings.
T: Strong toffee nutty flavors. Finish has some pine, and maybe even a touch of booze.
P: Creamy body, moderate carbonation.
O: Pleasantly surprised with this one.
Lowe1983 (1486) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, floral hops, and some nuts. Strong nut flavor with hints of caramel malts and floral hops.
ghawener (1555) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - NOV 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: earthy, wood, smoke, red berries, dry. Food Pairing: Peacan Pie a la mode$
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a light brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, spice, esters, and floral hops. Flavor is much of the same. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Medium body. A decent beer.
Finhead (1592) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear, mahogany pour with a creamy, tan head. The aroma has raisin, toffee, and some nuts. The medium body has a slick texture with average carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with some dark fruit flavor and a little alcohol in the finish.
r464 (2254) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rather malty with a dark fruitiness. Hints of raisin and chocolate, but with a bit more hops in the finish and a slow but smooth end.
DuffMan (9284) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, found in the beer cooler of the gourmet food shop on Schweitzer. Must be left over from last season. Pours a handsome copper penny hue with a rather thin almond head. Very inviting aroma equally of chocolate and caramel, undertones of burnt sugar. Brown sugar malts, light cocoa, light marzipan, hints of vanilla. Well balanced with a hoppy bitter finish. English strong ales can be really hit & miss for me. This one was a solid hit. Very tasty.