XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Poured into a pint glass, dark blood reddish brown hue. Color is spectacular in good light. The body is very malty, so if you like a good malt brew, from an IPA lover, Id say this is a delicious beer that brings out a little bit of coffee grind, choco taste out, to drink while its available. Little lacing, little head. I suggest a icey cold glass from the freezer, cause this one will warm you up! fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Draft at O’brien’s. Aromas were fruity but that’s about it. Flavor was a bit better with some hoppy bitterness and decent malty body. Not bad. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 12oz bottle probably a month or so old. pours a dark amber with modest head. not much going on in the aroma, some nuttiness and sweet caramel, smells like it’ll be a balanced beer. flavor is full, mild chocolate, toasted biscuit caramel, nutty. a nicely balanced beer that fits the season. great work. HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Rich and malty with a meat and potatoes body. Hard to have more than one in sitting. Flavor is intense, but get to me half way through the beer. Don’t know if I could rock this again. BAH HUMBUG! cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Delicious and rich malts and hoppy bite. Full body, strong alcohol, bitter balanced by sweetness.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Rerate: 2007 Bottle. Man, whoever designed that bottle must’ve had a field day. WEEE!! Woody malty aroma, pours a murky dark mahogany with an offwhite head. Huge malt flavor and dark fruits with some hops and acidity in the finish. the malt in this is fantastic. In one word, this beer is YUMMY! raphael (1303) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2006
tangy, citrusy, slightly sweet aroma. dark amber with a light brown head. smooth with a little weight across the tongue. bright hops at beginning and end with a light caramel middle--the blaance a little tenuous brstp (201) - - DEC 14, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 2007: Ruby brown color, aroma of cherries, caramel, plum, prunes, yeast. Lots of cherries in the taste, almost Robitussin-like, some yeast, sweet bitter finish, bready. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Each component seems to work but not sold on the beer as a whole.
2006: Hazy copper brown color, yeasty caramel aroma but pretty weak, malty bitter taste with a little chocolate and cherry. A little spice for the winter. I had a 2005 a couple weeks ago and don’t remember it being as good as this one.
6-4-8-3-14=3.5 tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2006
2006 bottle from BeerandBlues2. Pour clear dark red to brown color with a big tan head. Aromas are cherry, clove, nutmeg, honey, cooked sugar. Nice dark cherry flavor with a subtle blend of spice. Strong bitterness. Hefty palate. Really pretty enjoyable beer. Thanks Brad. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Thanks to Jake for this. Pours hazy deep ruby with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of cherry, nutmeg, caramel malt, honey, brown sugar, and some grapey fruit. Tastes spicy and malty, with some cherry and grape notes, plus brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I even got a hint of strawberry from this. Medium to dense palate and very complex. This one is great.