YigSvartka (304) - Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014 piscator34 (2534) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, - JAN 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of dusty pumkin pie spieces, milk chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Sharp spice notes dominate the flavor profile (especially the nutmeg... WOW!), but some traces of nougat, chocolate chips, vanilla, and roasted nuts come through on the back end. Medium bodied with a sharp finish. Painfully overspiced, but the base porter underneath is actually pretty good. Kind of a shame.
Opaque black, minimal head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, and roast aroma, but unfortunately not overtly pungent. Thick and extremely creamy texture. Much more satisfied with the taste. Roast, chocolate, malt and caramel formulate the underlying flavour and notes of cinnamon and nutmeg present themselves near the finish. markas101 (2455) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
65 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via MLCC. Dense brown, thick foamy head. Chocolate, cinnamon/clove and oak aroma. Somewhat thinner texture than I’d hoped for, some metallicness, then a slight resinous green veg finish. houblonchien (89) - CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
Dark in the glass with a slight head. Nose reflects Christmas baking with spice. Notes of chocolate. Alcohol is 6.5. andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
Pours a very dark brown with thin tan head and decent logs. Aroma is made up of spices that over shadow the light oak+vanilla and a sweet maltiness overall. Flavour is a lot of spice(much stronger than the smell), alcohol, roasted malts, mild bitterness and faint oak and vanilla notes that are quite masked. Not a great balance and a burnt/spicy/bitterness that lingers a little while in the after taste. Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
Pours a clear brown with a orangosh hue and a small light brown head on top. Aroma of sweet vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and other random spices. Taste is slight sweet vanilla oak however it is completely dominated by all the nutmeg and other spices in this beer. Leaves a somewhat unpleasant bitterness on the finish. This beer is decent in small quantities with a festive dessert however a whole pint is too much.
cards04 (2811) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
Pours a nice black with cocoa head. Nice oaky aromas mixed with spices. Flavours are oak, roasted malts and a bit of spice. Thin and a bit watery. Not bad overall. dreamflower (790) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
I smell coffee and chocolate. I taste coffee on the back of my throat. Some toffee notes. It’s nice. northropfrye (3627) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
Subtle aroma of chocolate and oak. Taste is moderately spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, dark chocolate, more bitter coffee/chocolate than sweet, but not an overly strong taste. Overall, pretty good. DuffMan (10436) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, orangey highlights, witha medium beie head. Aroma is muted, but the spices are showing their dominance. Sweet oaky vanilla caramel is lost under a barrage of nutmeg spice. Finish is bitter. Very out of balance, with the spice essentially eclipsing the other elements. Not a favourite.