tbopslt (347) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown coffee color with a small cream colored head. Good lacing, head quickly fades though. Gentle smell of winter spices but not overpowering. Taste is unexceptional with a slight aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the grainy side. Not the most drinkable beer due to its volume but does have that "winter" feeling to it. Just not my particular taste.
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark-red/light brown with barely any head at all. Smells of toasted nuts, brown bread, toast. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter - dark bready malts, nuttiness, hint of licorice and dark chocolate. Very mild hops, a hint of woody and floral.
artmcd8 (1607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty average beer for winter. Can really put this down quickly. Malty with slight bitter finish.
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Jayb0 (1029) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good not great. A nice, malty brew, easy to drink and satisfying with roasted malt, slightly biscuity, and somewhat lingering finish.
sherm1016 (1148) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle purchased at Pinocchio’s. Pours a dark brown color with an off white head and a little lacing. Aroma dark fruit, raisin, plum, molasses. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, roasty, milk chocolate, brown sugar, with a sweet, raisin finish. Nice.
ReggieDunlap (3070) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep amber/ruby with a medium tan head. Aroma has light roastiness and cocoa...a bit of dark fruit...but is very faint. Flavor has some roasty cocoa and dark fruit...underwhelming. mouthfeel is medium and the finish lingers with dark fruits. This is very underwhelming for a past silver medal winner.
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of caramel, vanilla, roasted milk chocolate, and butterscotch. Appearance is very dark brown, almost black, with faint off-white head. Flavors of vanilla, cream soda, caramel, some hop bitterness, and some dry Belgian fruity esters. Medium-bodied, with a carbonated creamy texture, and a slightly sweet, slightly bitter, clean, lingering finish.
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Aroma is a light barley wine/old ale, fruit and very heavy malts. The flavor is roasted/nutty malts, fruit, slight sweetness and a tart finish.
BREWMUSKCLES (2233) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
dark with some sweetness and raisin and fig. some malt and low carbonation, a bit syrup like. some earth this beer is mildly dissapointing with little hop or much else for that matter to get one’s interest. no alcohol. a mellowness.
chinchill (1866) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 2010 edition served Dec. 2010 in pint glass.
This beer beer pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick tan head that slowly fades to a nice ring.
The aroma is good. This smells like a winter ale, with roasted chocolate malt overlaid with some spices and a bit of a fruity and floral yeast aroma.
The taste is interesting and has some complexity. Although rather on the sweet side, it is dry on the finish with slight bitterness and some nuttiness.
The mouthfeel is good, with a medium/full body, a creamy feel, and a nice level of carbonation.
This is an interesting beer, with good flavor and creaminess, making for high drinkability. Lacks the body or high ABV found in more traditional winter ales.