davidezdonz (488) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - DEC 20, 2016
A 355ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass. It was a very nice clear dark amber colour with big almost three finger tanned head with great retention and left lots of nice lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, toffee and dark berries. Tastes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasty coffee, toasted bread, raisin and prune sweetness. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Overall this was ok, but I didnít really get the warming spices that were supposedly there. colui72 (991) - HONG KONG - DEC 19, 2016
Clear brown, with a nice cream head. Aroma is too sweet for me, kind of caramel, candy, molasses, spices. Taste gets better, still very sweet, toffee, candy, fake melon syrup, spices lot of booze taste although itís below 7%. Not my cup of tea, hard to sip this. darb85 (277) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2016
OK. Smoky with oak. A bit of vanilla finish. Way too thin. If you like malt forward beers with spices youíll love this, just not my thing Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon.
Chestnut brown body with a thick, soapy tan collar. Brown bread, malt, squash, spice, vanilla aroma. Prevalent sweetness in both the scent and flavor. Cream soda, pine, holiday spices. While fun and seasonally appropriate, a small pour is plenty for me. jc1762 (1386) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Thanks to altonbrownd for the bottle! Poured into a taster showing well filtered caramel brown with no head.
The nose shows light toffee and caramel with hints of fig.
The palate is light bodied and well carbonated. Clean tea makes in background but mostly assertive hoppy forwardness that is out of place and too strong. More tea flavors on the finish.
hershiser2 (3064) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle from Kroger. Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma of wet dog, caramels, dust, and some dark fruit. The wet dog, and that is exactly what it smells like, puts me off a bit. Flavor is caramel, dark fruit, toast, burnt toffee. Lingering burnt flavor. I donít like this, and Iím surprised. katrinaez (1931) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Pours dark red brown with lots of foam. On nitro, so extremely smooth. Not overly spicy with a dark fruit aspect. Went down easy. Tap. Popoff91 (124) - Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2016
12-ounce bottles in a pilsner glass. I like the alcohol content, but not the chocolate flavor. Its okay for a bottle or two, but after that, it becomes overpowering. Very hard to down a six-pack. After having actual chocolate in a beer, I wonít use chocolaty as a descriptor of stouts/porters anymore, because they are more like a dark roast coffee than a chocolate flavor. ineedbeer (2149) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz 2016 vintage bottle.
Aroma is rich and malt forward with lots of toffee, dark caramel, toasted bread and chocolate. Some raisin, cherry and dried stone fruit notes. Light spiciness.
Pours a clear dark brown with auburn hues and a medium sized, thick tan head that shows really nice retention as it recedes to the edges very slowly. Moderate lacing and small legs.
Flavor has a medium sweetness with quite a bit of malt character. Some toffee, toasted bread, caramel and chocolate with a light roasted nut note. Some light raisin, prune and date character. Hints of the alcohol. Medium spice notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer but definitely not my preferred malt profile. Iím also not a huge fan of the spice notes. Its a nice winter warmer beer, but that might be my least favorite style. crispaire (234) - - NOV 28, 2016
poured a dark mahogany from bottle with exceptionally thick tan head. the aromatic bouquet included bread pudding, spices, prunes, with toffee. nice balance between hops and toasted malts. medium body with a brief finish. classic winter ale sipper, one of my favorites.