burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Small head.Nice ruby-brown color.Aroma was not much,but I have a cold,so I really can’t say too much about it.The taste was a nice toasty,somewhat bitter,caramel without the sweetness.KInda sticky palate,which I find desirable.Finishes with a nice bitter hops,but could be a tad more hoppy for me. cblado (298) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
On tap at Ohana’s in Seattle, Washington. Dark amber in color. I was immediately surprised by the effervescent head, very unusual. Aroma was dominated by a robust malt, which gave way to a similarly robust molasses flavor, with an almost earthy nutty flavor to it. I’d definitely go back to this one again. SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2007
One of my favorite winter beers. The easiest drinking of them all and one I wish i could have year round. Deep amber color with white head. Primary taste is a toasty burnt malt flavor and spicy hops blend together into a great bitterness. As bitter as an IPA but not just from the hops and a good malt backbone. I love it. BEENJAMIN (292) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Huge caramel raisin aroma and flavor, strong mineral depth with a bright malty finish. A really nice representation of an english strong ale!! Stampion (291) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Pours darkish red with little head, almost can't see through. Malty with a bit of hops at the end. Slightly sweet aroma. It sort of sticks to the top of your mouth. A decent winter beer.
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mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Dark reddish-brown with a tightly knit tan head. Understated aromas, brown sugar and nutmeg. This beer is smooth and malty with holiday spice flavors and a little hop note in the finish. Complex and tasty, but lacking a bit in aroma and, for a Stong Ale, strength. akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Nice thick body, very creamy in the mouth. the flavor is very subdued and friendly. the alcohol is warming in the end and as i exhale. a few spices are evident but there is nice hop flavor and bitterness in the end. klaing (282) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Another solid offering. Pours a dark ruby head with creamy and moderately persistent head. Roasted malts clearly on the nose with hops coming through. Taste is a bright burst of mild chocolate and cherry. Hopping gives a lot of berry cheer in a long aftertaste.
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I didn’t think much of the ale at beerfest last week in Orlando. It was labeled a winter beer on the table. Not as good as their lager antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle. Root beer color with a thin off-white head that fades to a ring. Aromas of roasted malts, pine, and citrus. Flavors of bitter chocolate and orange peel that starts out sweet and finishes acidic and dry for a beer of this type. Can’t shake the hops. Fairly thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hides alcohol well. Good, but not enough malt flavors for me in a winter seasonal, or for an old ale any time of year.