hotstuff (3567) - 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.
Cavie (3546) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby red pour. Light aroma, might be too cold right now. I’ll revisit that in a tad. Taste has dark fruits upfront that finish with a dry, chalky feeling. Some light chocolate makes itself known but provides little change in the overall flavor. Taste gets increasingly dry as it goes on. Fruit has dark plum, easy citrus and bitter grapes. After quite an amount of time has passed, the aroma expands to a smelly grape must. Well didn’t get much better.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I had this side-by-side with the Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout and it was difficult to tell them apart--creamy, off-white head over a deep mahogany body, very attractive. Slight hop presence in the aroma, then very little of anything in the flavor. Creamy palate, rich carbonation, though a bit watery for a beer of this style and strength. Ultimately the absence of real flavor depth left me very disappointed.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Axel’s Bonfire, Blaine, MN. Pours an average mahogany with a thin body. Aroma is thin spice (cinammon and nutmeg). Flavor is sour malt with a coppery vegetable film and a peachy finish. Average mouthfeel. Spring, hurry up.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown to red in color with a beige colored head. The smell is caramel, fruits, cocoa, and slight roast. The taste is fruits, caramel, spices, and malts.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity aroma of apple and pear. Mild malt sweetness with an undertone of almost turned milk. Lactic apple cider from a distance. Dark reddish brown clear with thin off-white or light cocoa lacing head. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Starts with some muted sweetness. Coffee and chocolate notes, a bit of caramel and licorice. As taste grows, starts to become a bit too sweet. Sugar and sticky anise, rootbeer. Mild to medium hops finish. Floral but not overly bitter. Mild smoky coffee finish and sweetish after. Very little spice but a bit of cocoa.
wlajwl (3317) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good malt complexity yet still not too unbalanced, a pretty good American Winter Warmer.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle by way of moelikebeer...
the pour is very porter-esque... ruby dark brown with a creamy off white to grayish head. sporadic drippy lacing noticed.
the aroma also reminds me of a porter... without a whole bunch of character... coffee, lactose, mild sourness, brown sugar and faint pepper.
there’s a light sourness on the palate as well... especially toward the finish. flavors of chocolate, coffee nuttiness, brown sugar, malt and mild spice are noted.
light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation and a somewhat harsh mouth feel.
this seems to me a weak porter masked as a winter warmer? 6/4/6/3/12/3.1
jsquire (3227) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at the St. Paul airport. Dark amber color with a big root beer head and lots of lace and a sweet, grainy nose. Dark brown sugar sweetness and an almost roasty coffee bitterness in the finish. The alcohol seemed higher than the 5.9% listed.
oldrtybastrd (3226) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber. Aromas of malts/toffee/spice. Flavors of malts, caramel, spice, and a lightly bitter finish.