Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Pours a clear dark amber with a half-inch head. Flavor is of grapefruit, dark fruit, a little bit of honey. There’s an initial pungency in the body that wears off slowly. Not bad overall, though quite forgettable. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear golden amber with billowing head and slight lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, toast and an undeniable similarity to Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which I associate with cinnamon and honey, but I don’t think that is in here, so not sure where that aroma is coming from.
Taste: Light malts of biscuit, toast and mead, with a nice layer of spicy English hops on top, which has a tinge of citrus and pine. Still getting some very light winter spices.
Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish.
Overall: Nice ale overall that does not seem to fit any known style. Kind of an English Strong Ale, kind of an Amber Ale, kind of a Spiced Winter Warmer (despite the lack of spices). This seriously confuses the hell out of me, but if I put my beer reviewing hat away, it is clear that I really enjoy it. brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2008
someone else noted that this is much like a scotch ale and I agree. very malty with english tasting water. decent beer but nothing to look for. brandon1989 (695) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2015
2014 Bottle:7.2% ABV. Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a thick off white head. The aroma is hops, caramel malts, and bread. The taste is sweeter up front, possibly the caramel. There is also some distinct pepper to this beer as well. I also pick up a moderate amount of hops and bitterness as well. The finish is crisp and has some breadiness as well. It is hard to pin point but there is almost some almond in the flavor as well. Great beer I highly recommend. Delirium (670) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Bottle. Pours brown-red with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel malt, various winter spices, chocolate, and some woody hops. Flavor is woody hops, metallic hops, some light fruit, caramel malt, vanilla, and winter spices. Gets sweeter as it warms. Not bad, but another in a long line of middle-of-the-road sweet/spiced winter warmers.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Bought this because it was on clearance at BevMo. Didn’t smell like much, sort of chocalatey I guess. Flavor is of caramel, toffee maybe some chocaolate, and a sort of musty, earthy flavor. Not bad, gives a nice warmth to the belly. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Dark amber colour with thick light tan head that retains well. Nice lace.
Nose is grassy, some citrus, and baked goods sweetness.
On the palate the palate is some faint chocolate, malt sweetness, and semi-harsh alcohol to hops flavor. The flavors aren’t integrated very well.
Finish has a metallic grassy characteristic. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours a dark amber color with off-white head. Tastes of hops, caramel, and malts. Pretty smooth and drinkable. Good beer. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Another NW beer courtesy of Ibrew2or3. The man is unstoppable. Amber colored body, with a small tan head. Fades quickly, leaving no lace, only a ring of foam at the edges of the beer. Nose is full of hops, very spicy and citrusy, along with caramel malts and some other spices. Also smells a little musty, but not bad and really doesn’t harm the beer. Flavor is resiny hops, pine, citrus and balancing sweet malts. Medium bodied, oily slick on the palate. FInish is bitter, drying hops and an ending sweet malt note. Solid. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle, Some malts, a bit metallic aroma, pours a dark amber with a tan head. Nice malty flavor light hops and a touch of spiciness. Pretty good, as are most of their brews.