arminjewell (9725) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle dark blackish red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, roast malts, some slight biscuit, bread, dark fruits, caramelized sugars, nice spice with clove, slight cinnamon as well, slight earthy and spicy hops as well. Taste is spicy up front with cinnamon, clove, some cherry juice and dark raisin go into dark toffee, caramelizes sugars, dark fruits with a hint of earth, finishing fairly bitter and dry. Pretty nice, like the way this was crafted. bytemesis (9488) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a medium beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is light caramel, flavor is about the same, lightly sweet, lightly spiced with some zesty bitterness. Meh. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Clear dark amber with a light tan head. Rich toffee’d plum juice, some burnt caramel and wet oak. Divine chewiness, robustness and a touch of roast, amazing all around, warming, relaxing, satisfying. drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
12oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour is very dark brown with lots of red when held to the light and a 2-finger khaki head that sticks. The aroma is laid back but shows hints of malt, dark fruits, and pumpkin pie spices. The flavor is sweet up front but finishes quite dry, as perhaps a combination of roasted malts and hop bitterness. Slightly creamy but still medium carbonation. Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of Degarth. Pours deep amber with assertive bubbly to creamy tan head. The aroma is a mixture of highly roasted malts, mild dark fruity esters, molasses and an herbal note. Overall the aroma is pretty light. The taste is just like the aroma with roasty malts, mild dark fruity esters, some mild coffee, chocolate malts and a bold brash earthiness. These notes create an enjoyable superposition of flavors. Certainly a nice warm up during the winter.
BuckeyeBoy (8859) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2006
On Tap at Full Sail Hood River. Pours out a nice brown with a great brown head. Has some hops and spice very nice. jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Draft at pony bar with Brendan, Andrew and Feng. Pours a deep murky amber with light off white lacing. Pours a hazy amber with no head. Aroma is faint malt, pretty bland. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with bland notes of malt, fruit, pils, light cocoa and spice. radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was malts, touch of spices. Flavor was malts, sweetness, spices (cinnamon), touch of citrus (orange). SudsMcDuff (8539) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
i wanted to enjoy this more but alas ... some choc, raspberry malty aromas .. nice ass head ... good bitter content .. dark brown .. a nice old ale, not overdone .. decent but i don’t get it .. the 1 yr aged version i had a few months later was decent too ... PorterPounder (8356) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors, 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, khaki head, sticky lacing. Vegetable-like aroma with hints of rhubarb, Christmas spices and a hint of cinnamon. Flavor presents some chocolate, Christmas spices with a citrusy back bone. Good subtle bitterness permeates throughout. Thickish mouthfeel, overall a decent winter warmer.