cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Classy spiced treat from the brewers at Anderson Valley. This place puts out some tasty beers and this is a great slice of winter. 2007 release, 6.9% as stated on the label. Aromatic with light fruits and sweet malt. Citrus , spice, strawberries and caramel. Reddish copper pour with a thick filmy off-white head and stringy/leggy lacing. Sweet and filling on the palate, a touch of alcohol rolls down the gullet with ease. Biscuit and caramel malt, floral hops, and miscellaneous berries. Great spicy backdrop, hard to identify but it’s fruity and very lightly done. This beer has it all, it’s an amazing offering by itself and a tremendous example for the style. NJJereme (387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours into a red/amber color with a medium light head. Hints of cinnamon and clove mixed with caramel or toffee. Light to medium bodied and soft on the palate. Pretty tasty. kyzr (1596) - Montana, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Dark amber pour with average brown head. Some spice and sweetness to the nose. Fruit and spice up front with a medium body. Light toasted malt with a little nutty flavor. Nice creamy finish, very nice winter ale. highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Pours a hazy crimson with little head or lacing. Smells of sweet gingerbread and dark fruit. Has a medium body with flavors of dark fruit, light cranberry. Less spiciness but a very good winter. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2007
enjoyed this very much. Well spiced, and well balanced with a predominant graham crust flavor. A distinct fruit flavor as well, maybe cranberry. A nicely spiced brew for the winter.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2007
dark amber appearance with slight white head. flavor is very solid initially with a caramel malt proponderance, the finish is dissapointing without much hop balance and a watery end. pretty solid overall jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle: Pour a dark rosewood, cola color. A wisp of an off-white head floated on top. Had a faint warming, nutty, malt, cookie flavor. Decent finish: spices, perhaps a bit of dark chocolate. I think I detected some bubble gum flavors as well. Enjoyable. Delirium (670) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Bottle. Pours amber-brown with a dissipating beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, resiny hops, and some spices, esp. vanilla. Flavor is sweet brown sugar, caramel malt, vanilla, miscellaneous other spices, and some hops in there somewhere. Sweet and spicy and easy to drink; as someone else mentioned, "sort of a mix bewteen a strong English ale & eggnog". Quite good for this style of winter warmer; manages not to feel heavy or cloying, and the spice/malt/hop mix is interesting. tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2007
malty, apple aroma with a bit of spice; amber to brown in color with an amber, disappearing head; slightly bitter with a bit of sweetness and a nice spice; finish is slightly sweet with some vanilla (?); nice beer, though it could be a bit more substantial. elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Lunchbox apple nose. Pours like a Southern English ale, w/ slight head that dissipates moderately quickly & some residual lacing. Deep amber. Immediate vanilla bean flavor, with malty, pastry sweetness becoming deeper nutmeg, some soft fennel, warm alcohols, and then a slight earthiness. Vanilla a bit much: sort of a mix between a strong English ale & eggnog. I enjoyed it, but can’t say that I will crave this brew in the future.