ajtrupp (340) - Broomfield, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
This is a great example if a winter ale. The hazelnut in it is spot on. Very complex beer.
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UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Dark brown with ruby. Head is big and airy; dissipating expediently. Dark fruit aroma of prunes and rum raisin with molasses and some roastiness. Some alcohol in nose as well. Taste is similar but with "cough syrup" (as one reviewer astutely opined) towards the end. Finish is a nasty combination of alcohol and cough syrup. Hibernation Ale is much better. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2007
The aroma was nutty and toasty with a sherry character, chocolate and coffee thrown in for good measure. The chocolate and fruity esters dominated the aroma was dark fruits of raisin and prune. The beer was brown with an amber hue and some particulate matter. The head was off-white and barely there, yet lasting enough to lace at the glass. The flavor was malty with dark fruits, once again raisin and prune, and chocolate, dark and milky. The beer had a strong caramel malt flavor coupled with chocolate and a smidge of coffee. The body was medium full or just a bit less and with a low carbonation level was still a bit creamy in the mouthfeel. A nice beer, kinda a porter IMO. I believe this one has been in the stash for awhile, but it certainly does not seem the worse for wear - I had written 2003 on the label. 12 ounce bottle. Stevesie (336) - - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle to pint. Deep red pour with a touch of off white head. Big nose of roasted nuts and dark fruit. Taste is similar with some nice body. Alcohol is well-hidden. Captures the idea of a winter seasonal perfectly. chuckstout (336) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Nice color and bubbles, nice earthy minty, raisin burnt sugar character, a bit much alcohol
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Nice body and beautiful color (dark red). Nice bittering hops, too, if you like that sort of thing. First thing that came to my mind was a dark IPA, which is sort of an oxymoron. Good stuff but certainly not the best beer in their line up. Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Poured red/brown with a small egg-white head. Aroma: malt, hops grain. Taste was very much the same. Thinnish body. Overall: not one I would buy again. It is not a bad beer, just not for me. I can not say I picked-up on too much of what the other rates state. May have had a bad bottle or I just had a beer too many before I tried this. jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Reddish brown pour with beige head. Aroma is fruit and caramel. Flavors is fruit, caramel, but, and malt. Finish is clean and bitter. foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Very peculiar character. Fruit and spice in aroma, malty sweetness, some toffee in the flavor. Pretty good beer. Alcohol is well-hidden. Complex malts. Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Let the doors of Christmas open up, wow. Pours a dark amber with a nice head that recedes quickly. It smells of Christmas spices and caramel. On first taste it is also quick spicy. The spices never quick leave your lips or palate. It is also quite easy to pick up both the aroma and flavor of nuts and toffee. As I said the spice sticks on your palate for a nice warming feel. A very good seasonal.