Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Caramel and spice aroma, pours a clear dark red, with a thin light tan head. Slick mouthfeel, with malt notes and a lot of earthy spice notes. There’s some sweetness in the finish, leaving you wanting more. A very nice winter beer. GoufCustom (2309) - HONG KONG - DEC 21, 2016
davidezdonz (646) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - DEC 20, 2016
355 ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.
Looks: Clear, deep ruby redHalf finger head with soapy light beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with active slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet rich malt, with strong Bock-ishness, strong red fruit, dried fruits, alcohol, strong caramel, sticky toffee, strong floral, sugar, spices, biscuits, light lemon and grass. Nice!
Taste: Close to light sweet Ale malt, with caramel, toffee, light alcohol, strong liquorices, floral, light molasses, earth, strong spices, dry biscuits, strong lemon, quite strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Medium body. Quite slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Very solid Ale maltyness in a slick and quite oily background. Very low sweetness which is surprising for a winter warmer. Low booze with strong liquorices, flowery and pretty spicy with herbal edge. Biscuity with strong lemon to round. Quite sharp and neat!
Hoppiness: Dried fruits, strong floral, spices, light lemon and grass in nose. Earth, floral, strong spices, strong lemon, and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is quite strong for a lasting, mid to high astringent herbal malty finish.
After Taste: Dry; Spicy and quite bitter to mouth.
Comments: Its pleasant sweet Bockish aroma suggests a liquid fruitcake. The taste reveals a spicy herbal Amber Ale with lean sweetness which reminds me of Leffe Noël. Enjoyable already, but with a bit more sweetness this will be a perfect merry X’mas. Worth trying!
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 didn’t really get the warming spices that were supposedly there. colui72 (1190) - 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 it’s below 7%. Not my cup of tea, hard to sip this. darb85 (310) - 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 you’ll love this, just not my thing
Huhzubendah (3776) - 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 (1693) - JAPAN - 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 (3886) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2017 Rerating this 10/27/17. Aroma of dark fruit, wet dog, caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar.. Looks like I enjkoy this more than I did last year.
katrinaez (2411) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Old rating below:
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 don’t like this, and I’m surprised.
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 won’t use chocolaty as a descriptor of stouts/porters anymore, because they are more like a dark roast coffee than a chocolate flavor.