Frank (4259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Cellar Temp:Surprisingly light in flavor and body for a beer with so much alcohol. Pleasant amber color with very little head. Nose is mostly hoppy with a hint of ginger. Similar flavor. Nicely hopped but lacking malt depth. The spices are quite mild, mostly making themselves known in the aroma and finish. The slightest off-note of soapy bitterness. Light bodied with zesty carbonation. Uncommonly refreshing for either a spiced beer or a beer thats 9% ABV.
Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Room Temp: Much thicker and with less pronounced carbonation, more befitting of a brew of such strenght. More pronounced malt helping to balance the spice. Also, the soapy note I noted earlier is all but gone. Much better at higher temperatures. I'd say this beer doesn't wake up until about 65 degrees or so at least.
Look out - this penguin has quite a bite! I smell and taste a lot of ginger in this - ther real kind - biting, spicy and warm. This is bundled up with a generous hopping and some dark fruit flavors. Body was a little thin. Appearance is clear dark golden brown with hints of red. Nice. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 clear shiny amber/mohangany, woody colored...sweet & candyish aroma like samichlaus-ish...fruity candy flavors..smooth creamy creamy texture malty and caramel and cream! joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
Cloudy dark copper w/ light brown foam. Aroma is sweet, malty (caramel, toffee, cookie dough), reasonably hoppy (tobacco, grapefruit) & spicy (allspice, ginger). Medium, somewhat sticky feel. Flavour is sweet, moderately complex, mildly bitter. Finish is peppery & spicy. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
Bottle. Orange amber in colour. Aroma was a nice balance of caramel malts, fruit and spices. The flavour was of citrus hops, some caramel, slightly sweet with some dark fruits. Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with some pepper heat.
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
rating from memory, had this around 11/06, 22oz bomber, purchased at Chuck’s wine and spirits outside of cleveland. pours dark amber, nose sorta old ale like, sweet caramel and fruits. taste was pretty enjoyable, sweet malts, fruits, chocolate, and subtle vegetable notes. pretty tasty and aged fine. Christpuncher (3215) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2016
A very nice no n malty barleywine. Super easy to drink. Slightly malty and sweet and bitter. Pours a deep red with a light tan head
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Big head at first; dies down quick; leaves behind some rather intricate lace patterns. Deep, dark amber in color with a reddish hue. Spicy, somewhat vinous nose. Toasty caramel notes. Rather spicy, with allspice, cinnamon, and "hot" and peppery ginger flavors. Hints of citrus... and maybe even a bite of lemon. Bitterness shows in the finish and aftertaste; kind of hides behind the spices though. A little spicier than I like, but still pretty good. Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Clear amber color with a beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and spices. Flavor of malt and spices. Has a little alcohol warmth. PhillyBeer2112 (2921) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2004
Very attractive, an orange-tinted ruby, with an even firm layer of foam which dissipates gradually leaving a pitted creamy head that clings just right. Nicely clear and almost glowing. Aroma is a bit of a letdown, with a strong earthiness joined with winter spices of nutmeg and ginseng. Highly reminiscent of Anchor's OSA but without the malt layers to support it. Surprisingly, the flavor makes me take that back: a nicely pillowed backbone of toasted biscuity malt, a complement of earthiness. The spices are subdued, mainly present in the aftertaste, and not well defined. Hop flavors are difficult to identify but are well balanced in the semi-dry finish. Not too bad for a spiced ale, although I think they could do better after a few more wintry attempts at it.