melange396 (5) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2007 does not count
ridiculously good beer that will certainly melt the snow off of you! nice and dark in appearance, it hides a strong flavor and powerful content. though it tastes very spicy, the brewer has informed us that there were no spices added in brewing. PghBrewer (11) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Very good wimter warmer. A little differnt from typical warmers (if there is such a thing as a typical warmer). A little sweet for my taste, but that’s part of the style I guess. I great strong ale for a cold weekend day. MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Enjoyed as a draft selection at Mad Mex on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh, PA. Immediate flavors of heavy hops and coffee in a richly dark and enjoyable seasonal toaster. Has a warming effect on the whole and I was slightly disappointed that the gravity wasn’t a bit higher. The hops are well balanced and will last for a while on the palate. Another winner from one of Pittsburgh’s best breweries. ttutony (920) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Dark brown in the glass. Coffee notes with a pleasant roasted malt character. douglas88 (9194) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2009
On tap at the brewpub during the Pittsburgh tasting which was during a massive snow storm. Pours a dark brown with a medium light brown head. A really interesting nose; sweet funky marijuana-like notes of simcoe hops, rich toasted notes as well. A rich complex flavor; sweet brown ale aspects, toasted malts, but a funky strong citrus and herbal hop bite. This works. Nice.
kassner (1663) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
This beer is on tap at the Brillobox. dark reddish brown, really great drinking like a spicy sweet porter. some smoke and lots of malt. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Malty and spicy goodness. Pours a cloudy brown. Very appealing. Slightly astringent taste with the high alcohol. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 25, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-4-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a medium off white head. The head faded to give a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell – Roasted malts with little aromas a chocolate and coffee. There is a very nice spiciness in the aroma and a light piney hop aroma present as well.
Taste – A nice roasty malt flavor is at the base of this beer and is present throughout the whole taste profile. With the malt flavor, the flavor starts out a little on the sweeter side with the spices detected in the nose mixing with a caramel and toffee sweetness. As the taste advances so too does a little bit of hoppy bitterness. The bitterness comes mainly from a pine hop flavor but also from a small amount from the coffee and cocoa.
Mouthfeel – The body is slightly above average and the carbonation is slightly below normal. The body allows the complex taste profile to really coat the mouth with the lower carbonation level letting all those flavors really soak in.
Overall – A nice roasty holiday brew. The spice and roasty malt mixed with the light pine hop all combine quite nicely.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Growler. Has a fruity hoppy nose. Orange blossom and some bitter grapefruit. Sweet licorice and cocoa, too. A touch of spice, perhaps some coriander, and a winter beer aroma with some spices I can’t quite finger. Dark, dark brown-black clear; not as dark as the Black Strap but definitely dense. Foamy light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body, with light-medium carbonation. Mild warming. Starts with some chocolaty and licorice maltiness. Mildly sweet with spicy undertones that aren’t quite as strong as normal Xmas beers, but it’s definitely of that genre and for colder weather. Malty and rich overall, with a mild spicy nuttiness that lasts on the palate. Mild to medium bitter finish and bittersweet after. A nice winter warmer. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Aroma of malt and faint spices. Appears to have a medium cloudy brown hue. Tastes like mild spices, very clean and crisp which hides the alcohol. Palate is full but not too thick. Good beer that i feel should be rated higher.