hotstuff (3340) - 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.
Nate (3326) - 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.
nuplastikk (3275) - 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.
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
oldrtybastrd (3228) - 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.
esjaygee (3209) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear mahogany with a slowly dissipating medium brown head. Aroma of caramel, lots of malt – toasted, roasted and sweet with the mildest of hops presence. Taste of caramel, mild chocolate , mild sugar, light chocolate and malt. Pretty devoid of flavor though it gets a bit better as it warms.
alexanderj (3052) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was a little strange for me at first, but I eventually warmed up to it. Flavor of chocolate, malt, floral, spice, a slight sweetness, and some hop bitterness. REally interesting flavor, and would make an excellent winter beverage.
travita (3049) - 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.
nimbleprop (2998) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours a translucent, copper amber with some wispy white head. Nose is mild, wet malt. Flavor is sweet, metallic, malty, sweet, light bread. Watery finish.
Silphium (2969) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red wine appearance, topped by a thin tan head. Dry, toasty aroma with chocolate notes. Toasty, chocolatey body with woody tannins that hint at dark fruits that never quite develop, although there is a red grapeskin characteristic to this beer. Aha! This is very, very similar to New Holland Dragon’s Milk, as a bubblegum sweetness develops as the beer warms. Me likey.