rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Tap @ Goodbar. Copper, slight off-white head. Nose is caramel, slight spicing, decent malt. Flavor is rich caramel, xmas cake, decent bitterness. A bit of bread in the finish. Very English. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle from shadey. Standard transparent amber, decnt beige head. Aroma is all spice up front, faint residuel sugar/caramel background. Flavor much the same, spice up front, caramel, and some musty hops in the finish. Probably a decent session beer. pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Pours out a clear dark amber color with a small wispy white head. Aroma is nor very powerful, but there are some notes of spice. Notes of caramel, nutmeg, chocolate and some fruit. Some slight bitterness on the finish. Interesting beer. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Pours a clear amber with a tan film for head. The aroma is surpsingly fresh, with an orangey hop zest. Nice overall hop flavors as well. The body is a drop thin, but the flavor is full, an orangey citrus, spicy peppery aspect, hint of nutmeg, nice caramel malt undertone and a solid dry finish. Not bad. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle. Clear garnet color, quickly diminishing head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma. Cookie malt flavor with some berries and spiciness. Slightly reminiscent of the old Pete’s Wicked Winter Brew, but with a blueberry or grape instead of raspberry infusion. A trace of hoppiness noticeable on the finish. Turns out to be a nice "winter session"--A drinkable take on a malty winter seasonal with a modest ABV.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2006
27.11.06 12oz undated bottle. Maple brown color with small but lacy white head. Aroma is sweet, cookie dough, fruity (strawberries?). The flavor is nice if just plain and ’beery.’ More fruitiness and sweet buscuity malts across the flavor. Towards the end, it actually increases in sweetness and has sort of an orange PEZ flavor that lingers along with solid biting bitterness. Not the full bodied winter beer I was expecting, and, in fact, an odd choice for thier winter seasonal, but it’s a decent quaff nonetheless. freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Light brown with a small thin tan head, this beer had a nice resiny hop aroma. The body had a solid malt undertone, but it was mostly domincated with piny hops. A sharp bitter hop rise at the end says, "I’m here, take another sip". A pleasing amber that does not try to be a big over-the-top beer. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Early ’05 bottle: Pours a clear copper orange with a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Lightly toasted semi-sweet caramel malty aroma. Body starts with some light earthy sweetness turning slightly more bitter and drier toward a thinner finish. Not bad, but pretty bland. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle. Poured a deep hazy amber body with smaller creamy off-white head. Chocolate, caramel malts and some hoppy scents. Well balanced malts, bitterness and sweet flavors. Medium bodied, spicy/caramel finish. This is a very drinkable beer, but coming from a big fan of ambers, I feel this is missing something. Solid beer. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
Cask at the brewery. Deep copper/brown beer with a thick, creamy, and persistent head. Dark toasted malt, light molasses and brown sugar, earthy and spicy with a light fruitiness. Only 16 IBUs, but on cask the bitterness is fairly prominent. Sweet malty flavour of molasses, dark toast and light cherry. Nice brew.