gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
This is a wonderful holiday ale. The aroma is fruity and spicy. The taste is just great - chewy with a hop bit that is made for cold winter nights. Glad I paid to have some shipped to Maine. 666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2002
Interesting flavor. nice color. but i had better winter brews. oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Black liquorice and cherry aroma, I also get some strawberries in there too, Pours a dark ruby red, thin filmy head. Flavor consists of oak, sage, and dark bitter chocolate, very creamy finish. Palate is biting, sour, and bitter in the finish. bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Pours a deep copper to brown with minimal tan head. Nice nutty aroma up front. Chocolate and pecan flavors from the malts with some grapefruit, pine, and moderate bitterness on the back that lingers on your palate. Good but not great. DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Slight yeasty and malty smell. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Taste is biting malt with a waery taste that become strong malt sweetness.
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Not what I expected from this brew at all. Poured dark chocolate brown with a nice tan head. Had a definate bite to it, but not a hoppy bitterness bite like I expected. Has a full body, very complex, a nice brew. herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Dark amber color with red highlights. Thin lacy head. Maltiness is subtle in the beginning and lingers in the end. Could use more hops! AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Dark brown with a light lacing. Malt, light sweetness aroma. Charred malt, caramel, light bitterness taste. Good beer BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Pours a dark chocolate brown. Head quickly becomes a thin film though the lacing remains steadfast. Nose is spruce and biscuity chocolate. Flavor is bitter coffee and chocolate malts with a piney aftertaste. Inviting mouthfeel and a lingering cocoa aftertaste. Don’t get as much from this as I would like. shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2008
12oz bottle. very dark, tobacco black color with little head.. malty aroma with hints of nuts and earth tones.. initial hit is very winter and nicely balanced.. roasted malty flavoring leads to a hoppy spiced fruity finish. with little loose air.. some toffee flavors can be justified in the aftertaste.. okay brew, nothing great but a very typical concocted winter ale- with a cornicopia of hops.