ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours a hazy amber with a small beige head...aroma is floral malt, passion fruit? and light yeast...flavour is sweet toffee malt and light roast, finish has an ephemeral hop bitterness...I am really digging this...I haven’t so much in the past...odd... Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle courtesy of chickencoop. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a medium brown with a thin, off white head. The nose brings a small amount of spice forward. I think I’m getting cinnamon and nutmeg, but never entirely sure. I really need to start having these beers with my spice rack nearby. A bit of caramel and toffee in there as well. Taste is a bit of doughy bread with light caramel and some spice. Light to medium body with good carbonation levels. Not at all overspiced, this drank pretty well.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-19-2010 Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JAN 25, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a slightly hazy lighter mahogany-brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a sweeter caramel and darker fruit smell of cherry and raisin. Along with these aromas comes notes of caramel and some spice is there as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter dark fruit flavor of cherry and raisin, just as the nose would have suggested. Along with these flavors are some lighter roasted malt tastes, which grow stronger and stronger to the end of the taste. The fruit while heaviest upfront, is later overtaken by a caramel and slightly bready taste. A hint of a boozy rum flavor and some spice flavors develop later in the profile, melding well with the sweeter caramel and fruit to leave a nice warming flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that was rather average. Overall the feel was rather good for the fruit, syrupy and warming tastes of the brew, although just a hint less carbonation may have been slightly better overall.
Overall – This was a very tasty brew overall, with a great drinkinability nice light warming feel and just enough spice to balance the sweet.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
This was truly a pleasure to drink, never gets too xomplex, but has a nice mellow balanced flavor, with an incredible malt backbone. A truly great seasonal. jsquire (4483) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Amber color with a lasting off-white head out of the bottle. Full mouthfeel. Brown sugar sweetness with a faint cinnimon spice and noticable alcohol. Tastey winter seasonal.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2004 edition: pours a dark red color, thin head but thick creamy lacing. Much like Snowcap but a little more malty and sweet, very smooth and well balanced, not as hoppy and bitter as Snowcap. A very solid Winter Brew. PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled. I poured this beer very aggressively into my glass and the most perfect dense white head formed on top of the dark ruby/amber body. A few minutes later when returning to the beer, from washing out the bottle the most perfect head was gone but a thin layer of lace. Oh Well. The beer would turn out to be just as exciting. This beer was well above my expectations. There was a tangy tea quality that made this beer exceptionally drinkable. Malty, dried fruity, and earthy overtones rounded out this beer to make it excellent choice for a cold night. Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Bottle Conditioned - Surprising good winter ale. Pours a burnt ruby read. Great head, great lacing. I probably drank it a few degrees too cold. So I started off good, and got better. Taste is somewhat complex. bittersweet chocolate, leather, peach, and maybe a few tiny notes of cherry. a perfect mix of not being overbaring, but not being boring either. Lots of different tastes going on, but none of them overpower your tasebuds. It had more carbonation than I expected, but still maintained a good palet. Good Brew CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Deep clear red in color with a creay head. I was lucky enough to have this wonderfu brew on tap. Has an expresso after thought that makes this complex beer begging you to drink more of it. I enjoyed this so much that I bought a growler to take back with me, but it did survive being left alone in a hotel room with me and an empty pint glass. Very nice beer zoucrew102 (1869) - - NOV 4, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 Bomber. Caramel malt aroma with notes of hops and a bit of spice. Pours dark amber colored with about a finger of tan head and some lacing. Starts with strong caramel malt flavors with subtle hoppy undertones. Finishes dry but smooth with hops and slight spice characters before being enveloped again by the sweet caramel malt that lingers on the palate. Nice winter warmer.