phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
12 oz. bottle from a $3.99 six-pack purchased wildly out of season at A-1 Liquor in Indianapolis. Pours a cloudy brown with some clear caramel-colored tints around the sides and a smaller beige head. Notes of caramel malts, toast, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts, and hops, which was nice for a beer that was probably half a year or more old. Medium-bodied, with a toasty and mildly spicy mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink- is English Strong Ale really the right category for this? onceblind (10548) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours out a deep rusty copper, very hazy, with a decent cream colored head that sticks around for a while. Aroma kinda muted but I get some fruit salad notes, and a hint of molasses. Taste was much more assertive than the nose, but not in an overwhelming way. The full mouthfeel is complimented by very mild hop bitterness, surrounded by fruity caramel malts and only a touch of holiday spicing, particularly cinnamon. Spicy enough to be a winter warmer, but not done to the point of overpowering. Somewhat mild start with a grapefuity finish. Not bad, lads! sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2009
pours amber/orange, off whtie head.
Aroma is malty, some christmas sipces and light caramel.
Taste, caramel malts, spices, yeasty with some pine hops in the after taste.
Finish is lightly bitter with hints of caramel. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
355mL courtesy of emacgee. Pours a dirty reddish brown with a two-finger tan head that has okay retention and leaves little to no lace. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, toffee. Fairly nice. Taste is a little off- maybe since it’s a 2008 bottle. There is a raw grainy mess juxtaposed with some light tartness. Interesting. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lots of caramel, molasses, lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, hints of a grassy note, some red fruits in there as well. Taste is a mix of red fruits, some cinnamon, touch of grass mixing into some caramel, toffee, and molasses, finishing fairly sweet, slightly spicy. Decent.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
12oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Best by 2/16/16. Up front, a musty kind of strange malt. Chestnut, some caramel. Color is a hazy brick orange, with an astonishing amount of small particles hazing up the body. Thin khaki head, leaving very good lace. Big earthiness. Medium to bigger body. Kind of lighter carbonation. Very dry texture. Bigger bitter taste. Light sweet, more dry overall. Mild bite, bit of heat in the finish. Alright to sip on, but overall, a bit muddy and overly dry. Gets a bit better as it goes. Some nicer dark fruit character comes out, more caramel. RB says that this is with wet chinook, is it really still? That’s hard to believe. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Has to be tasted at room temperature. Dark brown, nice dark tan head. The smell resembles an abbey dubbel, strangely enough. Clove and bananas are mixed with pine, scotch, cinnamon and alcohol in the aroma. Mouthfeel is even, a little heavy, but just slightly under the texture of a porter. Flavor centers around the hops, but only a small influence of the cascade, which is quite nice, so it must the chinook and nugget that I’m mostly tasting. Fairly even throughout, with a nutty finish. Funny how the hops are subtle in the flavor but very apparant on the palate, as it leaves you quite dry (think cotton-mouth). I am completely overrating this one because I have a history with it and am quite fond of the winter memories of which it’s become a part. b3shine (9138) - Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a mostly transparent deeper orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of molasses. Tastes like it smells with a bit of hops. Average on the palate. Okay. drowland (9057) - Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2016
12/29/15. On tap at Barrel House, Moline. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Sweet toffee and caramel aroma, light spice. Malty flavor, caramel and toffee, bready, biscuit, light spice. Not bad. drfabulous (8572) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Sweet, caramel, winter warmer. Well balanced. Not heavily spiced. On draught at the brewery. Nice overall.