theOptimator (368) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is heavy butterscotch/diacetyl, caramel, biscuit. Appearance is brownish ruby red. Clear with small whitish tan head. Taste is butterscotch forward, some biscuit nutty, caramel. Hint of roast. Also a bit of alcohol. Bitterness present but a malty beer. Palate is medium full. Rich unique butterscotch is heavy and lingers with nutty biscuit. Overall a very nice beer. Pleasant and rich. Rich diacetyl you will only get from this brewer. Maybe could improve with a bit of aging, but still very ready to drink now.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Mahogany with a fluffy white head. Nose: piney hops , ginger and oranges. Flavor is a melange of spices and dark fruits: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, raisons, prunes, figs and black cherries. Some nicely subdued hop flavors. Chewy palate.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well I don’t know what all you guys were thinkin’ I think this is a very well done beer.
Aroma is spices and spruce. Pours dark brown with creamy head. It starts spicy, then becomes quite malty, with a nice hop bite at the end. The spruce, spicness lingers on the finish. Very enjoyable.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, poured a deep reddish brown with a thick white head. Nice malty aroma with a good hop kick. Kinda reminds me of SN Celebration with a little more of a malty aroma and taste. Crispflavors with an earthy hoppiness. Medium moutfeel and a clean finish. Very nice beer.
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.
VAYankee (346) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brownish/red body with a cream colored head. Sweet malty aroma including brown sugar and nuts. This tastes like what I expect from an english ale. More descriptively a toffee, nutty flavor with a mild hoppy finish.
anderson01 (330) - Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong floral nose that follows up with caramel, kettlecorn, and butterscotch aromas. Burgundy in color. Okay head at the beginning, but decipates rather quickly. For some reason the lacing seems to hold its own. There is a hint of spice. Starts bitter and ends sweet. Overall it is an alright beer.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Punked! Bastards sold me last years version. It was refridgerated so its stil pretty good. Dark amber color, small head. Spicey aroma, maybe a little peppery. Full bodied, malty, smooth. Spices are very understated and blend well with the beer. Pretty nice.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a dark brown,clear ale, with a light tan,creamy head. A strong malt taste is followed by a balancing hop hit. A true winter seasonal, strong flavored and warming. Heavy mouthfeel with a long lasting aftertaste. Great palate with a lip-smacking, multiple mouth swallowing after each sip.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured with a white soapy head, an ominous sign of things to come. Something unpleasantly chemical in both the flavour and aroma - kind of pine-sol, left a detergent fealing on the tounge. Syrupy sweet. Similar to but worse than Rouge’s Santas Private Reserve.