HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle (341ml). Deep clear ruby with an average fluffy straw-coloured head. Really nice English strong aroma - roast malt, dried fruits, a massive hit-up of funky, pungent UK hops. Taste follows - sweet malt, almost burnt, light nuts and chocolate, the hop bitterness stays under control, it’s quite balanced. Solid body, chewy, lightly astringent, nice bitter/burnt malty aftertaste. Excellent winter brew, wish I’d bought a six-pack of these. MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2006
poured dark brown with a red tint and frothy white head. aroma of ripe fruit and caramel. taste is balanced with some nice spice and sweetness. dry hops finish rounds out this nicely done brew. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle from Utobeer. Pours an unappetising shade of brown and rather murky with no head. Aroma of dried fruit and a whack of resinous hops. Thick, sweet malt with a balancing bitterness. Much better than the appearance suggested it would be. CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Yummy, aroma of malts, a bit of hops, coffee and raisins. Formed a small beige head that disapated quickly. Poured out a very dark amber, very sexy looking. Taste of yummy caramel, coffee and malts. Damn it, Flying Dog does it again. A somewhat ordinary beer that is wonderful. Very sessionable and smooth. Winter Ale? Too bad, but I could see why. Damn good beer, looking forward to more this winter. I could drink this sh!t over an open fire outside and get drunk, with much fun. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Bottle Code 070A06, Sampled November 2006
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep, dark ruby colored hue when held up to the light; otherwise it sits a brooding almost black color that has hints of red and brown to it. The head when poured briskly summons forth a frothy, meager fat finger in height and is a tan color. The aroma is definitely malt focused with notes of burnt caramel, raisins, cherry flavored roasted toffee, toasted biscuit-like malt. The aroma definitely has a sweet twang to it, but also has a hint of roasted malt character as well.
The beer has certain heft to it up front, perhaps not as much as I could wish for in a winter ale, but enough to stave off a light chill. Fairly drinkable, at least it is light enough for that, and it only coats the mouth lightly as it passes down my gullet. As the beer warms a bit a certain creaminess comes to the body of this beer. Sweet, richly caramelized malt notes lean towards fruity notes of raisins and even a touch of cherry, but both fruits have been lightly burnt and concentrated under a nice hot broiler. A touch of roasted grain character leaves a light burnt note that lingers on in the throat after the sip, yet still the concentrated sweet malt notes dominate the long finish. This certainly has some hop components to the flavor profile as well; notes of sweet tinged herbs intermingle with a light citrus character and a lingering bitterness. This is a nice beer, for some reason it reminds me of a slightly smaller version of Deschutes Jubelale, which seems to strike the winter warmer profile a bit better than this beer does.
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Bottled. A dark brown coloured reddish beer with a short-lived beige coloured head. The aroma has hops, chocolate and caramel. The taste is malty with a hoppy backbone. Toffee and berry fruits also. Quite decent and pretty earthy. jrob21 (3689) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Thickest beer yet from this sampler. Opaque brownish black color. Smells of roasted coffee. Slight burned and roasted taste follows through. Simple and not much else to the beer. Maybe a little hop bitterness on the aftertaste. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2006
A Sim Rate (bottled from The White Horse): Aroma of red wine. Almost sweet and cherry. Flavour is similar with a morello cherry taste. Lovey sweet finish...like the last sip of a shirley temple. Great red amber colour. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2006
Aroma is malty and fruity with a bit of citrus at times. Taste is similar very drinkable for the strength. GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2006
[bottle at GBBF 06] Dark brown with some red tingest, minimal head. Sweet malty nose, caramel, berry fruit, toffee and a faint touch of smoke. full body, sweet finish. too sweet for my tastes but nice