DenverLogan (1211) - LA, California, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz into a Lost Abbey chalice. Pours brown with modest head and lace. Aroma of malts, caramel, cocoa, Brazil nuts. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of caramel malts, cocoa, minty herbs, candy sugar, molasses, hay hops. Overall medium body with significant complexity and sweetness. commonshawn (1234) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from elevated with commonmac. Dark plum with bubbly off white head. Subtle smell. Expected more spice nose. Malty spicy and slight hop finish. Slightly warming. Nice mouthfeel and finish. Some dark fruit. Taste seems to change over time. Grows on me. A bit oily. Pretty darn good. ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from Northside Tavern. Pours cloudy copper withwhite head. Aroma of nuts, malts, citrus, and bread. Tastes of caramel, orange peel, and spices. Very good. superspak (5514) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/15/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, and moderately bready/grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is a great English strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Really well balanced and not overly bitter for being fresh. A very enjoyable offering. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Brown color,small light tan head that faded quickly.Malty caramel aroma with a light hint of hops,mildly sweet.Malt taste up front then a change to light sweetness and hops mild fruit presence (grapefruit) The after taste is hoppy and mildly fruity with a nice but mild bitter hop finish.Not a bad brew,nice flavor good feel and decently balanced,Thanks go to Chimaybabe for this nice taste experience.
egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Muddy red color with a small tan head, and slight lacing. Aroma of spice (ginger, clove)and hops. Sweet chocolate, berry, and caramel taste. Molasses and alcohol as well. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2004
The time of chestnut-roasting may have nestled to the back of our memories now, but the chill outside still beckons for a winter ale, so let's see how this one holds up...Intriquing appearance, not quite brown, more than red, with a firm, but fallible, toasted tan head of foam. Aroma is evident at first pour, and on initial sniff we encounter mild spices, mellow fruit, dark ones, grape, cherry, plum, etc., and a solid, sweet maltiness. Taste: Nice hoppy buzz at the top, pleasing the palate, spicy/fruity flavor climbs to the fore and washes over the mouthfeel. At once sweet and somewhat sharp. Medium body, but full with flavor, with a tasty, pungent finish, that glides softly off the palate. Best-by date of 2/01/04 is stamped on the bottle, but this sample actually tastes better than the ones I had six weeks ago! Has a Belgian feel to it, actually. And I can dig it. PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2004
a good beer especially for the season. the color is a dark red. The flavor is nutty, with some fruit and generous amounts of hops. unfortunately its a bit thinner than i would like. SpringsLicker (3616) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Redish amber brew with a 1" head that’s creamy, tight and off white.
Nice malt and yeast in the aroma.
Very nice assault to the tongue. Cream and sugar, sweet like a liquid candy bar.
Lots of body and a nice long finish.
Thanks to csbosox for sending this one! jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Pours cloudy brown with a thick, light tan head. Aroma is of spicey and citrusy hops (label says chinook) with hints of grass and hints of fruit. The flavor starts full of citrus/grapefruit hop flavor with some balancing sweetness. The middle of the flavor shows an interesting, almost tart, fruity malt profile with more hops and some yeast. The finish is full-bodied, with just a touch of dryness on the back of the tongue that provides a lingering after-taste - subtly bitter with some citrus hops. The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied with a bit of levity and air from the carbonation (and very burp-inducing). Overall, not bad and very well balanced - the hop and malt choices led to very complementary flavors.