jhamp9 (1300) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head that quickly fades to a ring. Streaky lacing. Aroma is nutty with some smokiness to it. Taste is wood, roasted malts, and some sweetness but a bit thin. Not bad overall.
Frank (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This pours a red brown color w/ a small head of fine bubbles. Overall, this is a subdued and relatively malty ale somewhat reminiscent of a strong bitter or maybe a less roasty brown ale. Nose is just a touch of roast malt and sweetness and a very mild tartness imply cherries and fruit once it is tasted. Full bodied w/ gentle carbonation, this feels like it is meant for moderate paced enjoyment and would go great w/ food. Pretty tasty beer.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into an English Pint. Pours black with a half finger of off-white head. Aroma of coffee, caramel and roasty malt. Taste is light bitter. Coffee and caramel. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a long coffee finish. Overall, I’m digging this beer. Great for tonight when it’s a solid 15 degrees outside.
wilnatp (639) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
TAP. Dark, brownish red pour. Hops, coffee, chocolate, malt flavors come through in this drinkable winter.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper brown with a creamy off white head. Malty caramel and roasted grain aroma and taste. Meh.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Nice. Better than I was expecting. A little bit all over the map, but not in a bad way. Fairly British. Tons of flavor and complexity in a fairly low ABV beer. Very nice. I could see myself drinking this in after shoveling out of a big snowstorm. They should really do a better job describing this one on the label. I almost passe up a great beer because it seemed unexciting in name and had no description.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark red that was basically black in the glass with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate to heavy roasted and nutty malts, caramel, molasses, and coffee; lighter chocolate; raisin; plum; cherry; toffee; brown sugar; a little fruitcake; hints of vanilla; ever so slight vinegar; hints of some sort of spice toward the end and hints of Baileys Irish Cream. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter and slightly sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, light to mod bitter and lightly sour. There was caramel, cherry, a little chocolate, hints of coffee, toffee, prune, plum, roasted malt, slight hops that were just enough to balance things out. The medium body was a bit oily and then dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, medium lacing, strong, malty aroma and firm body good malt flavor wkth slight roast.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass. Brown pour with small white head. Lots of caramel and toasty notes with some roastiness as well. A bit of cocoa also. Full bodied beer with a nice long finish. Also pick up hints of the spices as well. A pretty good winter beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, toasting, and toffee. Poured deep amber/light brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Some medium and large-sized particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, slight cocoa, slight chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, caramel finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask. Pour opaque dark brown with a thin head that lasts. Moderate malt aroma, other aromas but can?t nail down. Wonderful malt flavor, some roast, caramel, hints of juniper. Medium-heavy body, light hop bitterness. I?m not getting the spices, just me. I?d try it again.