onceblind (10864) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Slightly cloudy dark amber under a creamy head that unfortunately doesn’t last too long. Smells like a winter English Strong Ale. Some burnt toffee and a mild tone of oak are on the nose, with some odd herbal bitterness. Taste is a little too bitter and herbal, with not enough sweetness to back it up. There is some sweetness present, but it tastes a little burnt and woody. Perhaps a little metallic as well. DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle. Handsome rust amber colour with a finger-thick golden crown that leaves a little lace. Nose is surprisingly muted, with caramel notes struggling to rise out of the glass. I poured four of these and they were all alike. Flavor is tea and toffee, with astringent herbal rooty bitterness in the finish. After having recently had Old Fezziwig and Jubelale (on draught, no less), this cannot compare. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Tasted from 12 oz. bottle purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Medium to deep copper body with a medium head. Hoppy and slight alcoholic aroma. Juniper, hoppy flavor with a distinct alcohol flavor. sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2009
Courtesy of goodzoid10.
Pours amber with tan head.
Aroma of fresh piney hops with light presence of caramel malts as well as winter spices.
Taste of floral hops and spices with notes of fruits - pineapple / grapefruit - malty with notes of caramel.
Not too complex, easy to drink, overall feel was rather disappointing.. JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2004. Dark brown, some ruby tint, thick lihgt brown head. Sweet bready aroma, dark rye, light spice. Sweet bready malt with honey/molasses flavour before a nice spicy hop finish.
JorisPPattyn (10113) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2002
Sweet taste, of liquorice rather than sugars. Some smokey, fading taste; malts but none too pronounced. Neutral mouthfeel, no new aftertaste. A Winter Warmer, this? bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Draft. Ruby beer with a nice off-white head. Nice hop profile-citrus and some spice- with some malt backing. Aroma of citrus hops. Light bitterness with an underlying roastiness. Well balanced. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Cask at the brewery. Dark glowing red with a frothy off-white head. Sweet cherries, nuts, nutmeg and allspice aroma, very sweet. Flavor is a sweet woody cherry. Not very spicey or hoppy in the flavor, just a mellow fruity winter ale. Nice. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 13/10/2007
Hop aroma. Bronze mid brown coloured with a passion fruit flavour. Crisp and slightly bitter pale malt finish. Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2013
12oz bottle pours clear amber with copper hues and supporting a weak tan head. The aroma offers up lots of prunes and raisins and then a bit of fig like sweetness. The taste is similar as I get a raisin note that borders on peppery along with some softer prune notes in the background. To midway it picks up some candi sugar and a faint beat quality.