gripweed57 (878) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Hazy reddish brown color topped by a small creamy beige head. Nice caramel malt nose with a hint of dark raisins. Sweet roasted malt flavor has notes of brown sugar and Dr. Pepper. Slight yeastiness and spicy hops come through in mid taste. Finish is cloyingly sweet and malty. Smooth and tasty.
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A maltier take on a dubbel, this beer is on the shallow end in terms of complexity for this style. Toffee, the sweet and bitter notes of molasses, and dark fruits like plum coat the palate while the expected esters never really make an appearance. A lightly pleasant sourness finishes the beer out and leaves me wanting more out of this beer.
c4p3n (6) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
To be fair, winter styles (winter warmer, christmas ale, spiced, etc.) are not usually for me. Slight roasty and burnt sugar smell. Maybe a hint of cherry in the taste, and a much stronger flavor of burnt sugar, which I am really not a fan of. Just a very middle of the road beer to me.
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber almost brown pour. Nice off white head with lacing. Aromas of sweet fruit, caramel, touch of spice, and some bread. The flavor is full of fruit, caramel, and more fruit. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Light chocolate notes also come to mind.
LeT248 (6) - - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like coca cola when poured. Creamy head when poured. Sweet aroma and taste. The carbonation is pleasant and the beer itself is sweet and not hoppy.
ScipioA (366) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a color that looks a lot like medium brown sugar with some red highlights. Slightly hazy with a large tan head. Lots of fruity yeast byproducts waft through the air immediately on opening the bottle and while pouring, more restrained when actually smelling the glass. It’s absolutely delicious going down, sweet caramel and syrup dominate but yield ground to fruity Belgian yeast to keep things interesting. It leaves lingering caramel and whiffs of bitter hop in the aftertaste. Really, really good palate, refreshing with a well-balanced carbonation. Probably the best "winter seasonal" I tried this year, will look out for it next year.
MarkSachon (693) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle on Rte. 8 in Pittsburgh. Plenty of body and nicely balanced with just the right amount of hops. Smuttynose did a nice job with this one.
bellco33 (448) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into pint glass: Pours dark brown / red with a thin beige head. Aroma of caramel, currants, and other fruit. Yeast is also present in the nose. Taste is fruity and caramel up front, followed by a little booze, hops, and malt sweetness. Medium body, light carbonation, slightly sticky mouth feel. Not bad.
bkurtz (923) - PERU - JAN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark copper with an off-white head. Nice aromas of dried fruit. Notes of caramel,chocolate, and alcohol. Well made,delicious beer.
1pintatatime (100) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. A deep amber with a sturdy, lasting head. Slight aroma of yeast, caramel, and fruitcake. Initial flavor is a solid malt and burnt sugar, followed by fruit, just a bit of booze and a slightly dry finish. Very smooth. Overall pretty average.