swanmann (764) - 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. Itís 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 Smithís 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. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz. pours more amber than brown, but a nice balance of both. not much head really, but there is a pleasant aroma, though minimal as well. unfortunately, thereís not even a touch of hops on the nose. it saddens a hophead such as myself. nonetheless, there is that whole malty aspect. itís one of the maltiest aromas iíve found for a flying dog brew. itís a smoother mouthfeel than i am used to, but the hops make an appearance there. creamy taste, not to spicy or herby. thereís a little jager in this beer, also darker fruits (raisin, plum, and something dark and tart). i donít know how i feel about that. well, itís a seasonal i suppose. within the seasonals, iíll give it a B for the depth in flavor, but then overall, a B-/C+. I know someone loves this, i just donít think itís my calling. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Brown clarity with tan head. Aroma is slightly smokey, big roasted malts, floral and sour. Big malts and mild smoke and spice. Sour and sugary finish. jzzbassman (1618) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Clear amber with a tan head. Aroma is pretty nice, with a touch of spice seeming to go with the malt profile. Aggressive on the front, suffers a bit for the style lacking the requisite malt backbone I really wanted.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Surprisingly transparent darkish amber colored body. Tan head. Malty (caramel, chocolate) and alcohol in the nose, but the alcohol seemed a bit light for the style, but still very pleasing. In the mouth, this was a bit depressing. Weak body for the style. Spicy hops, some licorice, grape, butter, and current are what I noted. More hops and less malt-sweetness than what I expected. Overall I would pass on this winter warmer when one has so many better options. jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2006
You ever get a Reeseís peanut butter cup and bite into it only to find that itís like 20 years old? Notice how the color of the peanut butter filling is almost a whitish-yellow, as opposed to a peanut butter brown? I had a poop that color the other day. But I digress...
The color on this beer is nice. The amber you see when youíve left like the last five drinks of a Coke in a glass full of ice.
The taste is funny. You get a hit of hops and then it fades fast. After drinking a couple of dark beers from the sampler I just got, itís a nice change of pace. Just an average beer, but definitely better than your Budweiser, etc. But still, disappointing in that I was expecting something a little more festive.
Enjoy. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Iíve been suckered in again by Flying Dog. Clear mahogany pour with a bubbly, short-lived off-white head. Thin aroma of malt and hops, with a little caramel. Weak taste consisitng of watered-down caramel malt, some hops, grains, and nuts. I have learned my lesson to not buy any more overpriced beers from this brewery. emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours a dark amber, has a thin body. The head is thin, off white, and dies quickly. The aroma is lacking, some hop/malt, alcohol. The flavor is thin, some bitter hop and maybe some malt character. The palate is harsh and the bitter is slightly warm. notoutpink (6) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2006 does not count
12oz bottle. Dark mahoghany coloring, smells of chocolate with a taste more in line with a light coffee. It definetly is "unique and different" as the description states.