topherh (1898) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is toasty malt, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is toasty malt with earthy undertones, bitter chocolate, and nuts.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a moderate lasting khaki-colored head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, almonds, and toast. Tastes of caramel, toast, butterscotch, with a bit of earthy hops and dirt. Finishes with earth, dirt, bitter caramel, and gentle roast aftertaste. Medium bodied, fairly creamy but also a little oily in mouthfeel. Pretty good and easy going. I donít know if a session beer is what I want in a winter warmer, but this one does fairly well.
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark, almost coffee like, color with a very small, quickly dissipating head. Malty chocolate nose. Very creamy, caramel malt flavor that is extremely full with almost no carbonation. Smooth finish, very good beer.
ders0 (28) - , Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is the definition of a creamy beer. Iím surprised by all the lower ratings, because I really like this beer. Itís not super complex, but itís full bodied and the abv is masked quite well. A very sessionable dark beer which is a great thing to have in the winter time.
SudsMcDuff (5321) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
got in that stupid winter pack that took months to get rid of ... huge head .. fruits, caramel aromas .. mellow .. abv well masked .. a BMC winter warmer, simple .. . what are you doing? iím bending my knees, that makes me bum go plonk on the chair, its called sitting...
Finhead (1031) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear mahogany color with a medium tan head. It has roasted malt and toast aroma. The taste is lightly sweet with a flavor of toast and nuts, then it finishes smooth with a lightly bitter aftertaste.
joechristenson (146) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown color with some hints of ruby. Small tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and some bitter dark chocolate. The taste is quite thin - roasted bread/yeasty malts, a faint caramel sweetness, and some hop bitterness masquerades as a bitter chocolate (explains the aroma). Too much carbonation. Watery and a bit metallic - underwhelming and too simple for my expectations.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too bad at all. Not sure quite what an "English Strong Ale" is-almost sort of to a Porter but not quite? Most of the way there on the malts but not quite. Tasty, sessionable. Ok.
nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz shorty bottle. Deep brown-red-black with a big beige head. Dark sweet malt and maybe a touch of cinnamon in the aroma. Pretty nice actually. certainly not unlike Anchor OSA stylistically. The thick, sweet malt tones balance perfectly with the hops and spices. On the lighter side of full bodied, drinkable but full of depth and flavor as well. Really a tasty and respectable beer.
BVery (5121) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Dark pour with red highlights. grey white head. Huge roasty nose. Semi-creamy, semi-carbonated palate. Taste is coffee and some dark chocolate.