djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. It is a slightly changed recipe. Pour is cloudy reddish brown with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet brown sugar, caramel. Taste is roasted sweet caramel malt, some dried fruit, slight earthiness, good round richness.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice roasty aroma with a slight spiciness. Root beer color with a thin head and some rings of lace. Tastes of roasted malt and some spicy hops. Finishes slightly sweet. Hop flavor profile similar to Redhook ESB, but works well with the roasted malt flavor. Thinner mouthfeel and lighter body than it appeared it would have at the pour. Overall, very drinkable with no off flavors or aftertastes. Alcohol is hidden well(until you finish the sixer and try to function).
lawman834 (267) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
the group that i dined with in MN ordered it. not that impressive for the style. roasted malt. smoky. metallic finish.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with inner ruby hints, contrasted nicely by stark white head. I love this color combo more than almost anything, for some reason. Smooth mouthfeel, somewhat light body. Toasty with only a hint of a wintery dark fruitiness and spices.
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tastes a little like a porter. scent of burnt roast and coffee and some molasses. taste is the same and is quite enjoyable. I would probably purchase this again.
lukedarock (246) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great lil winter ale especially for the price, sweet malts slightly bitter pine/spruce flavor comes through nicely will finish my six pack fast!
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Satisfying without being quite distinctive: not worth a special search, but worth drinking if it is in front of you. (Downgraded after I finished the sixpack I bought:
it just wasn’t a beer I looked forward to every day.)
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.
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.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich brown color with ruby highlights. It has a nice tan head that could use a bit more retention but produces nice lacing. Nose is full of nice mellow chocolate notes mixed with a hint of beady yeastiness. Flavor is full of chocolate flavors with a very underlying coffee-ness to it. I also pull just a hint of dark fruit out of it too. Very tasty. It has a nice full mouthfeel and is a little too easy to drink, being 5.9% abv, it can get you into trouble.