adam129er (1) - - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
This beer has great spices and wonderful aroma it's make you feel like your drinking a gingerbread house and I personally feel that it ages well also. I pulled one straight from the cellar and put one in fridge to see if there was any difference and the cellar (55f) had more aroma and flavor than the really cold one from the fridge this beer will never leave the cellar unless it goes straight into a glass
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is dark brown, almost black, with a slight ruby tint. The head is dark tan and paper-thin. Aroma is holiday spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc. There is also a light cocoa scent and a very faint roasted malt smell. Absolutely lovely. And it begins to spread through the room as it warms. The taste is a weaker version of the taste. It’s very good, but it simply tastes a bit more watery than I had expected. A very easy drink, especially due to a complete lack of alcohol taste. The mouth is also a bit thinner than expected. Overall, this is one of my absolute favorite beers. MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2015
12 oz draft at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh. Chewy and delicious. Some hints of tar and dark sugars. A slight banana finish. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
18-Sep-06 (12 oz bottle: Obtained 15-Apr-05 in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) I might as well say this right up front... This beer is frigging amazing! I’m drinking nirvana. It brings peace and tranquility to my hectic life. All of life’s worries are completely forgotten as I savor each and every drop of this delectable beverage. This Vintage 2001 winter ale from Dark Horse is about five years old now and is wooing me in just about every possible way with a wonderful complexity of genuinely delicious flavors and a terrific evolution from start to finish. The initial attack: rich, dark, moderately bitter, roasty malts combine with sweet, dark fruits and plentiful spices (especially nutmeg and clove), and are balanced by a mild cherry-like tartness that’s makes me reminisce about some of my favorite wood-aged dark ales. Tremendously flavorful, and so many flavors, all in exceptional balance. A light smokiness begins to emerge in the mid-palate, increasing intensity for a delightfully smoky finish. And given the age, I’m amazed that the typical chocolate and earthiness I get in most aged dark ales isn’t present. In other words, I think this beer still has much more life in it and would still be amazing a few years from now. The nose shows a more chocolaty maltiness, not so much roast, but the nutmeg and clove are ever-present. Inarguably full-bodied and round right into the long finish, but with the bitter roast and spices lingering on the palate for several minutes, even the mere suggestion of a cloying nature is outside the realm of possibility. Carbonation is still ample but gentle on the palate. The color of the light-blocking body is deep, deep, deep, deep brown with a bit of ruddiness at the edges. Fairly small, tan head when poured, but given the age of this beer, it’s entirely forgivable as far as I’m concerned. Nevertheless, a modest ring of bubbles clings to the edge of the glass for the entire session. I’m not one to gush so effusively over a beer very often -- I’ve had a lot of amazing beers in my life, but this beer is truly one of the most complex and exquisite holiday ales I’ve ever had. I had no idea this beer was this good or this RARE. I’m really sad that I drank this beer at home alone instead of at O’Brien’s so my other Ratebeer buds could experience just how incredible this beer is. I bow my head in appreciation to the talent that was responsible for making this bottle of beer. And a second bow to Mike for magnanimously sending me this rare treat. dorain (304) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2017
Aus der Flasche 2016-12 getrunken. Dieses mit u.a. mit Muskat, Nelken und Piment gebrauhte Winterbier schmeckt und duftet wie flüssige Dominosteine. Dazu ist es super süffig! Geiles Zeug!
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2012
On keg at The Holyrood 9A. Pours a very dark brown colour with a ruby tinge. A fantastic aroma of spiced pumpkin, chocolate, marzipan, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Light CO2 prickle and a dry finish. Superb! chucklemation (1687) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a white foam head. Aroma is allspice, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Those aromas come out nicely in the flavor as well, which is also sweet and a little bitter. Has a full body mouthfeel. Delicious. EyeAmBaldman (461) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Pours opaque dark mahogany with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves minor lacing in the glass. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is strong, spicy with loads of nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon, some cloves and a hint of caramel. The warmer it gets the spicier it is. Finally a beer from Dark Horse I can get behind. I like this one. Sissio (1650) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 7, 2017
bottle @ home
clear dark brown, minimal cappuccino brown head
ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, "vin brulé", vanilla, cocoa
beer version of vin brulè. Spicy warming with chocolate hint jwtinn01 (34) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2013
This beer pours deep brown with a tan head. A perfectly spiced winter warmer that has a great flavor. One of my favorite Christmas drinks.