GTAEgeek (2218) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2013
On tap in a flight at Ale Yeah! Light brown color, with a medium, bubbly, beige head. The aroma is brown sugar, ginger snaps, and light resinous hops, and some chalkiness. The flavor is grainy and sweet, with light bitterness. Light to medium body, grainy, and acerbic. Overall, this is a nice, light, and malty beer, but it’s nothing special. EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2013
This beer pours from a bottle a beautiful cloudy chestnut color with a medium light tan head. The aroma is nice and pleasing due to the strong nutty and roasted malt scent mixed with the smallest hint of resin hops. This smell is intriguing enough that the taste’s overall subtly and balance is a nice surprise. There is definitely a mild hoppy bitterness characteristic to the otherwise slightly sour and slightly umami taste, which is a bit surprising to find in a Christmas beer. However, the palate helps round everything due to its soft carbonation, medium body, abrupt finish, and thick texture, making the beer very drinkable and enjoyable. kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Aroma of crackers, alcohol, and caramel. Tastes bready, boozy, and slightly hoppy, but not IPA-like. A little weird. I know I’ve had this before, don’t remember liking it especially, and still find it merely okay. Love Boulevard, but this isn’t one of the best examples of an English Strong, IMO. zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle, pours a cloudy orange-brown body with a quickly disappearing yellowish brown head. Aroma of caramel malts, molasses, and sugars with some citrus hops and spices. Taste is similar with a greater citrus/pine hop presence than in the aroma. Sweet finish with a slight lingering hop bitterness. chinchill (5023) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Deep red-amber with a weak head
Aroma is a mismash of components that dont gel at first: spices, caramel, earthy hops ... But this improved with some warming or just the repeated tasting. The flavor was initially better than the aroma but as the latter improved they became more similar in both quality and character.
O: an interesting and distinct winter ale. Not challenging.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Pours a translucent deep amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts, toffee and piney hops. Flavor of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some pine/citrusy hop notes. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Superb. First, aroma -- I could smell this all day. Beautifully sweet and winter spice on the nose. One of the more aromatic specimens of this variety. Taste is solid as well. Requisite malt base with solid winter spices. But it's 80 F in Arizona! Oh well. A-
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cybercat (5835) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Comes out of the tap a clear, bubbly mahogany with a thin cinnamon-tan head, but lack of head must be due to how it is served. Aroma has caramel, nutty and cloves notes riding a sweet malty undertone. Flavor delivers a little more than what the aroma promises: caramel, cinnamon, cloves, hints of molasses and horehound. Texture is fizzy and smooth, if none too firm. Don’t wait for the official beginning of the winter holiday season, enjoy one today. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Tap @ TacoMac, Cumming. Medium brown color, dark tan creamy head. Sexy lace. Nutty aroma, hint of alcohol in nose, light grassy hops. Sweet malts, (Whoo!) some alcohol, nutty grains, earthy hops. Finishes with a bit of an alcoholic burn. I really like this beer, a great Winter Warmer. (3871) keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Can’t believe it’s 7.8% ABV. Not overly malty for such high alcohol beer. Could stand to have a tad more hops .