darkvibe (68) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2002
A bit strong for me, but overall a well made beer. ........................ BigBen2120 (687) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Cpper body with thin off-white head. Smells peppery hoppy and somewhat caramel malty. Tastes fruity, bitter, and malty. Medium-bodied. Very tasty, well-ballanced beer. A new favorite winter beer! stouty1 (9) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2006 does not count
Very Killians -like, but better. Poured a nice amber/red with a full head. Smells of hops and slight maltiness. Though the ABV is high, it does not overwhelm the taste. However, I feel like this will kill the palate fast and not taste as good a few pints into the night. Tonight, I had only one and I appreciate the brew. For a winter ale it is not very warming but overall satisfies the palate. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours deep red with a tiny white head that quickly dissipates. Lacy and still. Smells fruity (cherries?) with a bit of bitter spice.
Taste is nice and hoppy. Also a bit sour and fruity. Got that cherry flavor again. Alcohol finish is ther as well. Smooth but I can definitely taste that alcohol. Stonger than I expected. Medium bodied but light for a strong ale. Also very smooth for a strong ale.
Reminds me of Riptide red with that same fruitiness (same yeast?) but much stronger and warming. Very nice winter warming ale. Perfect for Maine winters.
johnnysmoke (104) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2008
It mists my nasal with tones that hints of summer sausage and braunswager. The color is ambitious yet restrained by the dominance of malty ions dancing around my glass vessal. This BOMC was a little above the normal fair for BOMC. I’d drink again if given to me in another BOMC subscription.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2002
typical of many freshness dates, it's completely indecipherable: just some wispy scrawls as distinct as the tracks of a drunken shrew. but i don't require a date to tell me this is a beer in it's prime: teaky, baked yam-skin orange, responsive head, full fresh aroma of baking pies oozing carmelized juices, the hops are trenchant, alcohol tinged. very smooth carbonation. alligator bite from the hops, but theres enough sweetness from the malt to lubricate the jolt, we're left with a nice bitter quinine finish, a buzz, and an enhanced persective on life.
Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Lightly vinous, fruity nose. Mahogany-ruby hue. Pale beige head. Moderate carbonation. Sweet, assertive malts. Medium body, herbal hops, very smooth, lingering hop finish. Very well balanced, very nice. Alcohol is nicely concealed. Dogbrick (13763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2003
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this winter seasonal was after being none too impressed with their summer seasonal. This beer is a dark amber color with a medium beige head. Some lacing is apparent. The aroma is nicely spiced with a pinch of malt and hops. Rich body with a pleasant mix of spices and warming alcohol, as well as malt and caramel. The finish is nicely spiced as well, making for a nice winter warmer in July. KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Drank this from a bottle found in the cheap bin at Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA. Not much head but it is a nice dark red color. Smells like a beer. Smooth taste that is a little hoppy but not overwhelming. agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2008
Dark amber......thick head. Floral aroma, with a slight hint of spice. Somewhat bitter flavor in the front, with a sweet hop taste. Clean mouthfeel, though there is a subtle crispness. Balanced back with a very bitter hop finish.