m4rest88 (389) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Pours with a dark brown hue with a small light brown head that diminishes pretty quickly.
The aroma is of caramel, dark fruits, wood, and brandy - there is a lot of it in the nose.
The flavor is initially very alcoholic, with some hoppiness and some sweetness. The beer ends on a bitter note.
Creamy mouthfeel, and light carbonation - feels a little metallic in the mouth. luttonm (6304) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2008
2008 bottle. Darkest copper pour i’ve seen, very nice body. nose of candied fruit and a touch of alcohol. Smoky, tart fruit and maybe banana bread (my companions thought I was crazy). Touch bitter on the tongue, a bit spicy. Ultimately a drinkable winter ale but it could go further Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Dark Brown in color with a small off white head and decent lacing. The aroma is of brandy, caramel, dark fruits, malts with a note of oak. The flavor was very hoppy and bitter throughout with a nutty overtone. The texture is creamy. Overall I’d say its a good ale; not bad, but I’ve had better BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 14, 2008
2008 Bottle. Pours with a light brown, smallish head that leaves decent lacing, and a clearish, dark amber body. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, plums and some brandy (essence, not alocohol). Taste is bitter with wood, some nutts, toffee and slightly metalic. Creamish mouthfeel, light bubbles. arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Pours dark brown in color with little head. Taste is spicy, what I would expect from a winter ale. Slightly bitter, lot of caramel and cinnamon. It’s a decent beer just not something I would usually drink.
jacobp51 (5) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008 does not count
2008 bottle compliments of my good buddy Andrew - thanks! Pours a deep brown/red with a tan head. Aroma is subdued, but the hops and spices are apparent. The taste is bitter, but not unpleasant for a winter brew. The malts are complimented by notes of cinnamon and the citrus hop flavor. Easy to drink and left me wanting more. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 2008 edition. Pours a rich mahogony from the bottle with a tan/yellow head -- much like a scottish ale. Smells of hops, cherry, and cinnamon with creamy malts, caramel, and additional hops in the flavor. Warm with alcohol and prime for holiday drinking. 2005 bottle from ajm -- many thanks. Ages incredibly well. Full of black cherry, blackberries, coffee grounds, and red licorice. spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2008
2008 batch. Dark brown with red highlights. Two finger long-lasting tan head and fair amount of lacings. Piney-citrus aroma. Orange grapefruit hops, plenty of roasted malts makes this a smooth winter ale. Slight alcohol taste evident. From a 12 ounce bottle. Handsome label art. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2008
Courtesy of ibrew2or3.
Pours cloudy brown, with brownish/beige head.
Aroma has this nice wintery feel to it. Cherry, malty caramel.
Taste malty, hoppy, fruit notes and caramel.
Very sweet, warm, medium carb, filled with some nice flavors. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark mahogany body with a small, bubbly, off-white head.
Smell: Spicy-scented caramel malt nose with a slight note of pine.
Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness sprinkled with spices. Drop of molasses. Floral overtones, along with a taste of pine needles, though only a mild balancing bitterness. Dry, lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Why, it’s downright tolerable! A decent, stand-up member of the winter warmer league.