b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown in color with small head. Faint aroma with good sweet malty flavor. Ok, but not really that "strong"
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this was decent. But not very strong for a strong ale. decent bee, but would probably skip it for something else
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, with a deep reddish or rust colored tint to it, capped by an inch or so of creamy tan foam. A mild aroma of earthy spice and malt.
Smooth malt flavor and a wave of spice great you with the first sip. And every sip thereafter. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, it goes down pretty easily. And so did the second pint…
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft from DRE. The pour was dark brown with minimal off-white head. Aroma of roasty caramel malt, some X-mas spices, brown sugar, mild dark chocolate. Tasted roasty caramel malty, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and mild finishing hops.
kyzr (1188) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour with off-brown head. Light hint of coffee. Up front has a toasted malt with a lot of carbination that is followed by a light touch of hops.
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a short beige head...gone quickly. Smells mostly like coffee with a little roast malt. Well carbonated and not as thick as it looks; which strikes me as odd for a stout "winter ale".
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep Brown color, little-no head or lacing. Subtle roasted aroma, not overpowering as I expected. Very smooth for being as bitter as it is (If that makes any sense). Lingering spiceyness. Not too exciting, not much action. Very drinkable because of mellowness.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 I don’t understand the coffee and chocalate references. I get none of that. This a better than average version of minty winter spice style that I do not care for much. Gets tiring quickly.
POD (198) - USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. This was the best tasting beer in my seasonal beer sampler that I purchased from World Market. Rich dark brow ale with slight tan head. No big aroma. Flavor was like a watery chocolate stout. Lots of cocoa throughout and very dry "cooking chocolate" aftertaste. I’d buy this one again.
valpoaj (663) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque reddish-brown pour with a slowly dissolving off-white head. Somewhat lacking in aroma, some hints of coffee are evident, and these coffee tones become obvious as soon as the beer hits the tongue. There is a somewhat sweet finish that I can’t put my finger on, but it gives the beer a nice complexity. Overall, this was a very pleasant ale, assuming you are not adverse to coffee flavored brews.