Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Dark ruby brown with a thin off white head. A slightly weak malty, nutty, aroma with a hint of fruit. Medium palate with little carbonation. Nice malty, cherry flavor with a bit of pine. Very drinkable, but not very memorable. chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Gorgeous deep amber pour under a thick rocky tan head. I can’t quite pinpoint it, but there is a spiciness underneath the sweet malty nose. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly thick – perfect for the style IMO. Taste is nutty and roasted malt with a mildly bitter finish, overall a great seasonal. Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Poured a dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma was of pine-citrus hopps with a bit of malt and spices.. Flavor was heavily hopped up front with a bit of malty sweetness and a pine hoppy finish with some spiciness. Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2007
12 oz bottle Nose is caramel , cereal, and sllight coffee. Nice appearence, dark brownish amber with a creamy head. It has a medium sweetness along with a medium bitterness. I has meduim body, creamy texture, and a bitter finish. Nice lacing that has staying power. It’s sweet, bitter, and spicy all at the same time. A good balance. TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Pours a dark amber, head faded fasss.. Decent smell, malt, spices. Taste is full of malt up front, and finish with a nice light hop kick. Not a bad brew. Old Ale? Mehhh... solid drinker though..
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2003
I love all Full Sail brews, but I was a *bit* disappointed in this one. It smells wonderful, looks great in the bottle, and upon first sip tastes just as great and hoppy as I expected. However, as it sits in my mouth a second it becomes all other Full Sail products---hoppy and clean-finishing. Maybe I'm a bit rusty after being "away" for a while but this one just doesn't do anything for me that the Full Sail Pale didn't do. In other words, pretty packaging and nice dark color but it's just pretty, dark and typical Full Sail. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Aroma of cinammon, nutmeg, caramel, pine. Appears a crystal-clear deep mahogany with a small creamy tan head that dissipates. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, followed by chocolate and roast over a decent malt base; well-spiced. Palate is medium, slick and moderately effervescent. Overall, this beer is a bit greater than the sum of its parts. 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.