YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet cherry nose. Nice appearance. Black with a little head, leaving stripes on the glass. Kind of a weak chocolate taste with pepper notes. Fastgoing.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good collection of nutmeg and other spices, mixed in with a nice malty flavor. Smooth and enjoyable, as long as you can handle the spice load.
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a ruby edge. Small, fast fading head. Hints of toffee/caramel in the aroma. Roasted malt taste had a earthy, leathery edge to it. Spicy bite in the finish.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep russet brown. Nose sweet, somewhat peaty and earthy. Primarily sweet, caramel notes. Mild roast flavor gives a little heft. End dry. Not bad.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruddy color. Sweet and malty, with notes of dark fruit and smokiness. very good indeed. Definately not a gimick beer like alot of "winter" beers.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i'm really being to enjoy strong ales. nice dark color. Caramel was dominate along with alochol. Was rathered suprised by the only 6.1 abv, but i think i'm gonna enjoy the rest of the 6er.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date, but it's the 2003/2004 batch.
Poured out a deep ruby red, with almost no head at all. Had a thin lacing of foamy bubbles around the edge of the glass, but that's about it. Aromas of caramel malts, some chocolate notes as well.
Some slight fruitiness in the taste, but mostly sweet caramel & spices. Finishes smooth & dry, not cloying or syrupy.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Good beer. Nice chocolate flavor that stays with you the whole beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark ruby with a frothy tan head. Bubbles are a bit big for excellent lacing, but the lacing is still quite nice. Aroma is roasted malt, some smoky aromas also. Spicy aroma also, cinnamon and allspice. Smells like a very nice winter ale. Flavor is very malty, caramel and somewhat smoky. Spiciness is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor as in the aroma. Body is Medium and quite lively. Overall not bad but not great.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Had a mild roasted / smokey aroma with a medium light tan head. It had a light roasted chocolate flavor, which finished sweet at first and then turned bitter. Seems like something is missing. I think it could use more malt. Not a bad beer, but it was missing the kick in the butt assertiveness that I like in a winter ale.