IrishBoy (3851) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sandys, San Luis Obispo, picked up by Odeed; Thanks Jake; Nose of vegetable chilies, chocolate, and caramel; clear, very dark brown with red fringes; one finger, extremely lomg-lasting, glass-lacing, tan head; flavor of chocolate, sweetnees, vegetable flavor of chilies, but no real heat since anchos are very mild, caramel, spices, and a tiny bit of tartness for a finish. Could be a porter without the chilies! Now this is a chili beer!
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color. A ton of spice in the aroma. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and mace. Some chocolate and wonderful dark malty caramel. very good.
MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting notes from 1/4/08
Sampled from bottle. Pours a deep brown with a minimal amount of tan head. Aromas of cloves, cinnamon, some burnt wood. I poured this when it was still on the colder side, everything seemed muted. As it reads on the bottle "Be sure to enjoy it cool, rather than cold to fully appreciate itís complexity". It is true, as it warmed the flavors really began to reveal. Bitter chocolates, spicy chilies, cinnamon, cloves, some vanilla. A really nice warming effect on the back of the palate. There seems to be something very special about this beer. Very original, not like any other winter ale. Outstanding!
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, and roasted malt. The flavor has sweet chocolate, the cinnamon and nutmeg, and some roast. A little bit of dark fruit appears as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel with a rather clean finish with just a touch of spice lingering. One of the best winter ales I have enjoyed this season.
Getbetter (874) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle,coriander is the strongest flavor on my palate,a great example of a wit for a california beer.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fantastic medium brown with 1 finger. The aroma is of brown sugar and a great Belgian spice! Taste follows the nose. Thus us just a great winter warmer beer.
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badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from Pizza Port. Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet spicy and pepper aroma and taste with some peppermint notes. Quite good.
popery (1433) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Great spice and chocolate notes. The chili is mild but provides a touch of heat. The taste has a some good sweetness but finishes without any stickiness. Itís about half stout and half winter warmer. Lots of chocolate malt. Some caramel. Mild roast. Some dark fruity notes. The spice is really the star and lends a mix of cinnamon and chili. Mouthfeel eventually gets creamy and smooth, but itís initially over-carbonated. Very pleasant beer and has some very good holiday spicing.
BucannonXC5 (882) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was dark mahogany, closer to black than anything else. Just over an inch of head. Nice amount of frothy lacing on the top, that stayed throughout the beer. The film was sporadic, but stayed. The film always looks better in a pint glass than a pilsner glass, so Iíll take that into consideration.
Initially smelled deep spices with cinnamon and gingerbread the only two I mentioned. Gingerbread is a spice you say? Well it is for this beer. Also smelled cloves, caramel, chocolate and toffee. Good smelling beer.
The taste wasnít as much like the smell as I would have thought. I got gingerbread first, followed by cinnamon and a deep dark chocolate aftertaste. Spices rule the day here.
Full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long spicy finish.
I liked this beer. It was definitely what I could call a winter beer. Too bad I live in California and canít really appreciate the winter nature of it. Good beer.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml courtesy of thome50. Pours medium brown into a snifter with a big off white head. Aroma of BIG cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove notes with almost a hair of some pumpkin like vegietal presence. Very pungent aroma. Flavor is just a blast of all spice, with cardamon, nutmeg, whole cinnamon sticks, graham crackers, banana bread and pumpkin pie. Just a hair of the ancho chilies shine through towards the back of the finish. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation, which helps clean the palate at a steady speed. Sure enjoying this one.