highibus (821) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2009
pours a deep crimson with thin off white head and a bit of lacing. a bit over the top sweet bit nice carmel and plum notes. potent and warming. overall very nice. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
bottle thanks to americanbrew. deep brown with a cream head. nose is caramel malts, yeast, fruits, and vanilla. nice on the palate, flavor is fruits, yeast, caramel, and a light vanilla finish. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
On tap at the College Inn in Seattle.
Pourrs a deep red-bown with a limited and short-lived head. The flavor is intense in both hops and dark malt, though well rounded on both accounts, slightly sweet on the palate with a nice bitter hop finish. Unfortunately, this one didn’t have the sort of staying power I would have liked to have seen; halfway through I was beginning to lose interest (and beginning to lust for the Diamond Knot IPA that would follow; perhaps this is more the fault of that superb Diamond Knot brew than that of the present beer.)
The beer felt increasingly cloying and less refreshing by the sip.
Nonetheless, this is not a bad offering at all - quite a passable seasonal in the Pac NW style.
Draft at Collins Pub. Pours a clear mahogany with an off-white ring of foam. Fruit and nut aroma. Medium body and light carbonation. Tons of vanilla and bananas in the taste, along with nuts and malty caramel. Clean finish. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
22. Dark mahogany with a thick, creamy tan head that falls quickly away to a little float of sudsy film and a thick web of lace around the glass. Somewhat sour, sweaty aroma with dark sugars afloat.. Medium body with some present carb. Lots of brown bread, black bread, leaves, and caramel on the mid-palate. Some booze bites near the finish, along with some spicy hops. Not quite as good as I remembered it...not unpleasant, but rawer and rougher.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
From a 22 ounce bottle--Poured a deep amber-mahogany body with a creamy beige head. Creamy, hoppy, sweet, nutty, bready nose. Light toasty crisp hops presence. Toffee, vanilla, citrus finish. Very tasty! joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
thanks to all at mcbackus throwdown. nice flavors of caramelized sugar vanilla and a slight amount of citrus flavor humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
Appearance amazes and entices in a snifter with a deep brown and ruby hues when held to the light. Fine tan head with impressive lacing. A rich caramel and candy-cane malt wafts into the nose with dark fruit, ripened bananas and light vanilla undertones. Flavor is malt-forward with nuts, molasses and bitter chocolate hiding in the background. Finish is warming, and hop-spiced with a dry mouthfeel, my least favorite characteristic of this beer. I was hoping for something velvety smooth and soothing but instead I am left craving a little water to moisten my palate. A decent effort though. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 15, 2010
On tap at Eastside Club in Olympia. Pours dark brown with a thin white head that is quickly fleeting. Has a big chocolate malt flavor with a nice licorice backwash. There’s a big chocolate aftertaste that lasts a long time. The palate is only medium and might even be considered a bit harsh. deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear amber brown with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma combines bread and biscuit notes with some sweet grains underlying. Flavor has sweet grains and a touch of caramel with some biscuit and a bit of toffee.