notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - slightly hazy amber beer - smells semi-tart, with undercurrents of wintery spices and cherries - the taste is much the same - a little tart up front, followed by a moderately sticky caramel sweetness - a little bit of gingerbread flavor - finishes a little grainy on the tail end - decent, but I question the style designation.
jgb9348 (5067) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper coloured body with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, figs, pit fruit and caramel. Medium-bodied; Spicey nuttiness up front with malt and caramel once again most noticeable. Aftertaste shows a bit of difference - some nuts and raisins stand out most. Overall, a decent holiday beer to try...pick it up if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 23 November 2006 (Thanksgiving).
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Secret Santa lackenhauser poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark clear reddish amber with a small head that lingers as a ring for a while and leaves some spotty lacing.
The aroma is subtle but nice, with sweet caramel and toasted malts as a base with some sweet fruits on top, maybe some raisins and figs. The aroma is definitely on the sweeter side of things.
The taste is sweet, but the caramel malts always seem a little subdued with the toasted character and hints of smoke getting into the mix.
The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style with moderate carbonation.
This is a decent enough effort at a wee heavy and very drinkable. However, nothing stands out and its pretty run-of-the-mill overall.
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours red amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma with some berry like fruit. The flavor is similar to the aroma, a bit boring, but inoffensive. Not bad.
maugus4ever (123) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice ruby color with a light tan head. Sweet taste and aroma that is fitting of a winter ale, but I appreciated the fact that this brew is not very spiced. Lots of winter ales seem to have more spice than is necessary, but this ale is well balanced and appropriate for the season. I recommend this to anyone who wants a winter ale without the spice character.
mansquito (4066) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pleasant little beer that pours a nice brownish and red color with a nice tan head. Malty aroma that you know is gonna bring on the sweet taste. Taste is overall rather sweet. Medium bodied methinks. Caramel is there too I say.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body. Sweet and malty, with a note of wood and apple. Dry fruit and malt. Light woodiness, simple with a dry finish.
thornecb (4787) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, clear orange and ruby tinged brown into a thistle. Off-white micro head recedes to skim surface leaving sheet lacing. Smoky orange aromas. Sweet smoked nuts with a creamy, short marshmallow and vanilla alcohol finish. I actually like this one, but it became a little cloying as it warmed which brings it down a notch or two. Also glad to see it is classified here as an English strong as it is certainly not a scotch ale as the label implies.
halfonit (1222) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this one! It was actually really good. Has a nice dark amber color to it. Has hints of malts and something sweet. Has a nice, sweeter flavor to it with hints of some types of fruits. Very pleasantly surprised with this. It all works out very nicely. Not too much of an aftertaste in the end. Overall this was a pleasure to have. I will definitely get this one again before the season’s over. If anybody sees this on the shelf, give it a try. This is a great brew for an ice cold night.
stangger (604) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, not quite black pour... Nose strong of caramel and alcohol. Taste is of the same. Too much of an alcohol taste for my liking, but not terrible.