Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Pours a deep Tawny port color with ruby red hues, thick creamy, redddish brown head.cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2007
head dissapates slowly and leaves a thick even glass coating lace.
Aroma is fruity, hoppy, flowery.
flavor is sweet, fruity,honey, mildly acidic, mildly spicy, with a piney hop background.
finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, with a touch of pine on the lips.
POS on 6 pack says it is "formidable enough to temper even the crankiest of spirits". Well it worked for me, I was in a bad mood and now I’m not. lol
On draft, XMas Day. (What place is open on XMas Day? I’m telling a tall tale here, surely.) I’d categorize this as a brown ale, and a strong example at that. Sweet and sticky with a moderately spicy fuminess. Go for it!
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2009
12 oz bottle from pretty much anywhere in Portland - Pours the color of a nice leather jacket topped with a perfect 1" head. This is an extremely well balanced beer with just the right amount of hops and no malty aftertaste. I’d forgotten how much I liked this one. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2011
12 oz. bottle- Pours deep red with a thin white head, aroma is some spice and not much else. The flavor is sweet spice and candy like, it has a wonderful cherry like flavor, tasty and drinkable. This is one of the better holiday beers I’ve had. oldgrumpy (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
One of my earliest craft beers and I still remember how good it tasted. I would love to find another
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ads135 (4727) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Not a bad winter beer. Deep amber with a nice thick head. Rich and malty with a good grassy hop balance. Has a nice spicy body. Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Expect the unexpected with this ale. It pours a dark brown color with a long lasting head. There is a slight scent to it, but nothing that stands out. It was quite heavy for an ale while there was a slight nutty taste, very slightly bitter but finished quite smooth. A very nice find and something I would suggest to others. RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a clear, but very dark ruby with a light tan head. Nose is light with a hoppy tone . Flavor is smooth. Slight bitter tone. Strong presence of hops, but nowhere near overpowering. Caramel. Very slight nut character. Overall, a decently complex flavor ride. Feel is good. Not overly syrupy like a lot of other winter warmers tend to be. Good bubble on it too. Very drinkable. Someone could drink a lot of these in a night if they wanted to. Would I? Probably not. It’s good, but it just doesn’t grab me as others have. tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 1-Dec-2103 : 12-ounce bottles, Still dark malty flavor with pleasant hop flavor underlying. I still like it.
On draught at old Chicago - Kansas City., pours a clear dark brown with a thick tan head. Medium body with a clean dark malty flavor and even dry/sweet flavor balance. A slight caramel character with a dry finish. A very slight spiciness. Overall - very easy-drinking. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2007
1997 bottle enjoyed in 2007 at Ezra’s barley wine gathering. Dark chestnut slightly ruby hue. Nicely retained (especially considering age) almond foamy head. Brown sugar, viscous nose and flavor. Dry, gripping. Nutty, earthy and dark fruits. Petey and grassy. Quite good.