Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a deep burnt red color with a nice finger’s worth of white foamy head that crept slowly into the beer leaving some subtle concave lace just a rim of it.
The aroma had some caramel malt, lightly roasted, toast and then some sweet pomme-like fruits. Sweet grain.
The flavor had the sweet enriching maltiness flowing back and forth between the grains and malts. Toast to caramel malty enriching aftertaste flows into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable to sipping quality about it. Moderate carbonation. ABV felt good as is.
Overall, nice English Strong ale worthy of having every winter if I could get it in my distro. Capa (3711) - DC, Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Deep drown with ruby highlights. Creamy light tan head. Full of caramel malt, light roasted, some toasted grain, sweet fruity notes. A nice warming back end as it goes by. Sweet and malty with a good dose of fruit and toasted malt. Finish is slightly bitter. A really nice warmer. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy darker amber color with a moderate off white head on it. Nose is a little floral and hoppy, though the hops smell like they are on the cusp of turning. There’s a little caramel in there as well. Taste is a tad sweet, actually, and has that same caramel to it. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours clear mahogany, three finger off white head.
Smell fruity fig, spice
Taste fruity, light, powdery and a bit of a bitter hop finish
Not bad mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Nice. Good malt base. Winter spice is present but wouldn’t mind more. Perhaps a quibble. Solid B
DenverLogan (1318) - North Bend, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2013
From 12 oz bottle via Letspour.com.
Poured in a St Bernardus chalice.
Pours a copper color with small head with lace.
Aroma of wet straw, berry spritzer, black cherries, light biscuit.
Modest carbonation and strong mouthfeel.
Flavors of bitter roots, clove, cardamon, alcohol, burnt malts, molasses, sage. Overall it’s big and bold, yet a tad rough with chalky or root bitterness. nuplastikk (6633) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12oz bottle. Stained-glass amber-red, with a thin, patchy beige head. This is quite a great beer, big caramel tones, but even bigger steady piny hop tones. There is also some alcohol warmth, some vanilla tinged fruity amber malt, and some burnt coffee tones. Quality ingredients and excellent execution. This beer makes me want to move to the Northwest. Excellent. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours medium brown, and has a strong sweet malty aroma. Flavor is robust sweet malt, and the sweetness lingers on the palate. There are carmel and date tones in there to add nice complexity. Finishes with a combination of sweet malt and hop bitterness, but still primarily sweet, almost sticky malt. I like beers along this line, but this one is actually a bit too sweet for me. Almost sugary throughout, so I’ll take a pass on this in the future. Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2011
12 oz bottle from New Seasons - Poured a dark brown. Absolutely no head. That was a little disappointing. Strong barley aroma with hints of caramel. Sweet beer. Not my favorite, but not a terrible one, either. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear ruddy dark orange color. The head was tall, creamy, and tan with and orange tint. Good retention and lacing. Smelled of rum soaked fruit cake with plenty of raisin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and caramel. There was also subdued pineapple and orange peel. Medium to full bodied and sweet with mild to moderate bitterness. Carbonation was on the lower end of the spectrum. Citrus rind, earthy hop, caramel, and cola flavors.