luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottled. Best before 2/1/7. Beer is cloudy, medium-brown. Head is initially average, off-white, frothy. Diminishing.<P>
Aroma is lightly malty with notes of toasted grain and bread crust, trace flickering hints of coffee and molasses; Hoppy with a heavy note of resin/pine, light herbal note; Yeasty with a light note of basement.<P>
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily bittersweet, lightly acidic with a long, moderately bittersweet finish. Rubbing alcohol in the finish and retros<P>
The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively. valpoaj (744) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Muddy brown pour produced little head. Nice malty aroma with a very hoppy initial flavor. Extended finish leaves a creamy bready flavor behind. Not a wonderful beer, but good on occasion madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Brown in color with little head. Spicy aroma which also carried into the flavor. Nice winter treat. TBone (17565) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2007
Bottled (BB 02/2007)pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Ruby dark color, off-white small steady head. Bready hoppy, a bit sweetish aroma. Nutty hoppy, rye-bread hoppy, also a bit sweetish with caramelly notes. Mix of brown ale and IPA.
5-7-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to artisanbrew
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Cloudy red brown amber with a good bubbly head and very slight lacing. Smell is burnt dough and is sharp. Flavor is sweet dough too. It has some actual real flavor but it just isn’t my favorite flavor. Very very similar to drinking a liquid Christmas tree - huge on pine.
Pours a dark hazy brown with a thick head and moderate lacing. Aroma is yeast and a hint of sweet fruit (raisins?). Flavor is slightly sweet with winter spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not bad, but there are much better winter beers out there. kidmartinek (5000) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2008
a good all around christmas beer. amber colored and pretty clear like
a filtered ale, or maybe they used a lagering yeast. This particular
beer is lacking in the head department. Aroma is malt with a little
spice and some herb vegetable (carrot) notes. Dominate flavor is
bitter hops and some sweet fruity notes. Consistency is kinda like
beer mixed with whiskey. Finish is flavorful and balnced but hoppy. webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 im rating this for my own benefit, just to remind myself that i really like this beer, and to definitely try again. cant remember the specifics, but i will give a formal review once i try again. this was in my top 5 for winter warmers, although i didnt have many more than that this year.... SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Color is an overly brown tinted mahogany with a thin layer of foam. The initial aroma is faint and only has a notable scent of caramel malt. Flavor is tad bit astringent because of a bland serving of semi sweet malt and only the slightest hint of caramel and some flavor of nut indescribable since it is too hard for me to decide. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Picked up on a trip out to see Theisti. Smokey reddish pour with thin brown head. Spices, maple, caramel malt. Nutty malt with cinnamon, hops and darker fruits. Lighter bodied that I was expecting.