JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle from trade with Dubbercody. Thanks Jamie. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium off white head. Aroma of malt, hops, nuts, ripe fruit and spices.Taste of hops, banana, spices and sweet malt. Has a dry semi bitter finish. BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Sampled at Big Pour Mesa, AZ. Dark amber in color with a razor thin eggshell ring. Somewhat spicy, peppery, and malty. Just nothing that would make me go back for seconds. Underwhelmed. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2008
pours dark brown with a plum tint and a small tan head. Aroma of mild malt hops and background fruits. and some nuttiness. Flavor is nutty malty and a little hoppy and some caramel and spring water taste. Mouthfeel is easy. Aftertaste is very nutty roasted caramel. A Christmas desert beer for sure. Oscbert (1337) - Lincoln, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
~Pours a dark reddish brown color with off white head.
~Banana spice malt scent. Yeasty
~Bitter hop taste, mild malts and spices.
~Medium feel, bitter finish.
~Solid Christmas brew. A bit bitter, but has a nice sweetness to it blutt59 (6598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 2011 bottle, this is the best batch I have had yet, lots of bitter dark chocolate and spices, bitterness is held in check, great beer, -----bottle, clear pecan brown color with small brown foam head, aroma of malt and spice, flavor is thin and fruity, some malt and a dry bitter finish
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a few glints of ruby when held against light. Moderate off-white head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and left a layer of foam with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, malt and brown sugar. The flavor is again caramel, malt and brown sugar, but not quite as rich and fulfilling as the aroma. Medium bitterness at the finish. A very solid beer. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours a dark brown with sparkling red highlights and a lacy tan head. Caramel malt, ripe fruit and a hint of spice in the aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet and fruity, with hints of malt, chocolate and spice. A good hoppy, though not overly bitter finish. Seriously not bad at all! GreggG (20) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Great winter beer - probably the best winter seasonal from the Northwest breweries. Moderate head, minimal lacing, full body, great roasted malt aroma.
Enjoy this beer on those cold winter nights when the wet snow is falling outside and you know you’re going to have to get up in the morning and shovel it. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Deep brown with a reddish hint, no head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, spices and some milk chocolate. The flavor is the same, some hops in the finish. Sweet and grassy; doesn’t go that well together. hopscotch (11419) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle... Dark, hazy, ruby ale with a small, fizzy, beige head. Hearty, malty, fruity nose offers port wine. Full-bodied with tickling carbonation. Brown sugar, port and caramel sweetness is surpassed by a wealth of black tea bitterness. Short, crisp, lightly bitter finish.