Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in the MSP airport. Tan head on a black beer. Vaguely roasted aroma followed by stark toasty flavors with a coffee-bittered finish. Smooth.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark tawny brown color with tan creamy head and nice lacing. Light pine and hop aroma, lightly earthy. Flavor is sweet and malty, rich and fruity. Finishes creamy and lightly zesty. A decent winter seasonal.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany pour with a creamy off white head and good lace. Earthy aroma of malt and hops. Some spice. A pretty good balance of malt and hops in the flavor. Woody and spicy as well. A bit nutty. Creamy palate and a malty finish.
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Taste contains a little wood and some spices. Transports you to a little cabin in the Northwoods by the fire. Very fine.
JMerritt (1863) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was incredibly light malt. Flavor was fantastic oak with nutmeg, nuts, and caramel malt. I find these beers facinating, where the aroma is very nondescript, yet the flavor is fantastic. It really takes you on a rollercoaster ride.
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A small sized tan head that creamy and smooth with fine-medium sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was carbonated with a mahogany hue. The nose malty with some caramel notes. The flavor was malty and caramel as well with a smooth mouthfeel and it was a medium bodied beer with fair lacing.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer poured a nice, thick head and has a dark brown color. Lightly carbonated and leaves a nice lace around the glass. Tastes a lot like a Stout to me, with the flavor of coffee, caramel and chocolate persisting. Good brew.
thedm (5001) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a semi-transparent dark brown colored softly carbonated body and a fair lace. The aroma was mildy vinuous and contained malt and hop notes. The mouthfeel was mildly tingly and had a slight hop tingle in the finish. It also had a smooth brown beer like flavor with notes of caramel and chocolate.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich mohagany color with a lid of shiny light tan bubbles. Sweet mid roasted malts dominate the nose. Mild toasted malts with a light sweetness. Finish has a light bite of spice and alcohol. Smooth on the palate.
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 Not spectacular, but defiinitely okay. Still a seasonal favorite I keep coming back to. It's not exactly a winter ale, in my book--not like Blvd's nutcracker, for example. More like a porter, or even a dark alt. Nice hoppy aroma and taste. Just a tad watery in the mouth, but then that's my experience with most domestics, even the best ones. Nice roasted flavors. A lingering bitterness. Clinging circles of lace. Overall, a nice brew for these dark and cold evenings. I've found it tastes best around 60 degrees F; more flavorful at a slightly warmer temp than where I normally drink beer (around 50-55F). Although there are other winter and dark domestic beers I might prefer over this, I still think this is worth picking up at the right price.