radio_nowhere (1395) - Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into pint glass, clear deep dark ruby brown color with tan head. Aroma of toast, caramel, light coffee, some nuttiness and cocoa. Taste adds notes of toffee, milk chocolate and light herbal/earthy hop bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, creamy, soft, rich with some earthy roast finish. Very nice malty rich winter ale.
sinfull (1433) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color, medium off-white head. Earthy , malty aroma with coffee notes. Coffee , malt , bread in taste. Gentle roasted bitterness in warming aftertaste.
dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours auburn brown body with thin tan head and decent lacing. Earthy malt aroma, hint of of coffee. Nutty molasses flavor. Smooth dry finish. Well balanced seasonal.
Jlax10 (19) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a red hue. Roasty taste with a light body more carbonation than I expected. Nice change of pace for a winter ale, not a "big boy" beer by any means, but it's a good beer on a cold night.
hfmejias (1270) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some caramel notes and some fruit. Taste is also malty, some roast, some caramel. Very decent and drinkable beer, a bit watery but not bad.
LetsGoState (819) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance is large white head with orange-amber. Aroma is some spices. Taste is a bit of toasted malt with spices. Overall a pretty good winter ale.
mike67 (1104) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, herbal hops, chocolate, cherries and brown sugar. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of chocolate, bready malt, honey, cherries, cacao, brown sugar and herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-dry. Well made brew.
dlovell2 (1771) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a thick off white head. Caramel and toasted malt aroma. Flavor starts out toasted malt with sweet caramel malt and chocolate malt flavors. Slight hoppy finish. Nice malty brew.
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown body under a one finger fizzy light brown head. The nose is rather nice, some caramel and toasted malt with light chocolate and nutty notes. Just a light hint of hops. The flavor is a little too husky and grainy for my tastes in the style, it lacks a certain smoothness. Minimal nutty notes, much more toasted malt and a little too much caramel sweetness as well. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a lingering husky finish. Pretty so-so stuff, even for a style that tends not to thrill.
Pumpkin87 (231) - - NOV 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An attractive deep brown with reddish undertone, pours with a small tan head that lasts several minutes before leaving slight lacing.
Bouquet is mainly roasted malts, with slight chocolate, bread and caramel undertones.
Like many dark or spicy beers, this really needs to sit 10 minutes or so to allow those flavors to come forth. Until then, it’s not very intriguing, just toasty, and I was having a hard time figuring out how it differs from a straight brown ale.
It gets better as it opens up, and a caramel and spice finish saves the day. Not bad.