travita (4867) - Dallas, 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.
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Very dark root beer complection to this still, heavy-looking liquid with a thin, lasting head; sweet, Christmas-spicy nose of allspice, anise and nutmeg...fairly dry body, tarry and full of dark licorice and hints of chocolate...bitter, somewhat acidic dry finish.
superspak (4744) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/19/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, light raisin, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and nutty malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, brown bread, light roast, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark and nutty malt notes; with very nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice winter warmer style. All around nice balance and robustness of dark/nutty malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is very toasted and almost smokey with coffee, toffee, and a touch of spice. The appearance is dark red brown with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma but too tangy and acidic. The palate is average for the style. Overall its OK but not that good.
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, a few months past BB date, served in a snifter.
Pours clear but nearly opaque ruby-brown. The light tan head settles down to a thick ring and partial top coat but leaves full coating on a robust looking the side of the glass.
Aroma: rather floral and unlike the flavor, a little boozy. Also more spicy than the taste.,
T: Nicely rich with chocolate, dark bread and a touch of coffee. More coffee in the lingering dark roasted malt aftertaste. A touch too sweet before the finish.
Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied; very smooth with soft, medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish sometimes felt just a little too thin.
O: very enjoyable and flavorful that resembles a porter. Recommended.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear deep chestnut color with a thin off-white head. Strong caramel malt aroma with some frutiness. Light sugary notes and some chocolate. Full malty flavor with notes of caramel and cola. Hint of hops and a fruity finish. Medium bodied.
Cavie (4311) - Arlington, 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.
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A mild winter ale. The spice is understated, a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, but mostly just Bready malts.
Nate (4200) - 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.
jsquire (4167) - 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.