spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Get some dark fruits in the aroma.Pours a deep dark copper with a medium off white head.Get some caramel and sweet malt in the flavors.Medium mouthfeel with a sweet finish. Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Dark amber with not much of a head. Fruity, sweet, malty aromas. Lots of carbonation. Tastes of sweet caramel malts, figs, some spicyness, but very little hops. Starts slow but ends well. Finish is smooth and has an interesting balance between bitter and sweet. jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Decent winter ale. Poured from the tap a dark brown with a finger thick whitish head. Not much nose to speak of, tastes of chocolate, caramel more than anything, hint of dark fruits. Not getting much on the hops side, but the malts are there in full force. A nice session beer, but would do well to jack up the gravity a couple of points. Optigon (561) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2007
A dark amber bear with a fair malty flavor up front, but what flavor there is goes away quickly. blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear, very bubbly ruby-amber with an average size diminishing beige head. Mild but pleasant aroma of caramel malt, fruit, toffee and some alcohol -- not getting any hops at all. Slightly watery flavour of caramel malt, very light roastiness, nuts, dark fruit, alcohol and a mild bitter finish. Light to medium bodied. Needs more aroma, more flavour and more body to make it a world-class beer, as is it’s just O.K.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2007
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer. Have not been a big fan of flying dog beers in the past, but this one was very good. Nice mild drinkable beer. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, fruit, apricot, toast, and roast. Poured ruby in color with a small tan head that diminished. Clear and sparkling. Flavor is odd. A little fruity, a little roasty, and a little creamy. Not really sweet, bitter, or sour. Medium body was thin and watery. Average carbonation. Short chalky finish. Overall, drinkable, but not good. Not an English Strong Ale. SudsMcDuff (8488) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2007
an average beer at its start....god.. needs to be fuller...got from nawlins and is a let down...shouldn’t be a winter...muddled and confusing...lifeless...a kick in the junk! swanmann (778) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz bottle poured a great cola color with a chocolate milk head that settled soon. Mild aroma of chocolatey malts and light spices. Flavor is slightly sweet and roasted. It’s pretty thin, but the taste is alright. BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12 oz bottle
Aroma- Sweet malty. Smell reminded me of brown sugar with lightly floral undertones. In no way do I mean hops when I write floral undertones. Hops were pratically nonexistent on the nose.
Appearance- Deep, clear red brown. Pretty. Only a minor head at the beginning of the pour that did not sustain at all even though carbonation was OK while drinking.
Flavor- Surprisingly in the flavor I denoted some hoppiness up front with caramel malts present. The mouthfeel was somewhat thinner than I expected. The sweetness (sugar and raisins?) remained but was well overpowered by the bitter finish.
Palate- Bitter finish as stated above. Lingered rather well which surprised me.
Overall- Not a terrible brew but not as good as say Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome. You can see that they were really attempting to move in that direction but there is still some work to get that level.