mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
black pour with not much of a head just some lingering lacings. licorice and malts on the nose with some other spices. easy on the palate with a nice taste of piney hops. 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. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2008
bottle, from trade with 5000. Ok aroma, sweet. Has a yeasty streak about it, nutty, caramel, brown sugar, kind of fruity. Clean orangy brown color, small head, minor lace. Bitter flavor, Little burnt grain about it other wise like aroma. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. The thing I call yeasty nutty was a little of a turn off for me. It was dominate in the aroma and flavor. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Nice deep brown pour with a middling tan head. Some astringency in the flavor along with a hefty malt profile and some caramel flavoring. Nice hoppy flavor to this one too, solid amount of balance. Not a bad brew at all. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Brownish pour with a fading head. Fruit, malt, nuts and spicy hops in the aroma and flavor. Like liquid fruitcake. Im not a big fan of fruitcake, but this is alright. Decent hoppy bite and alcohol on the finish. The holiday brews are all starting to run together...
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. nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle. Appearance: Murky brown with a thin, fizzy head. Moderate lacing around the sides. Aroma: A nose of brown sugar, malts and a hint of spice. Flavor: Nuts, caramel, spice, with a little alcohol on the backside. Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall: Nothing too impressive. Note: It is a winter seasonal, but I see nothing wrong with drinking it in the middle of summer. HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with thin head. Malty body, pleasant hop finish. Not very holiday. Fun, nice, nothing special. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JUN 19, 2010
12 oz. bottle- Pours dark brown with a thin head, aroma is sugary malts with a hint of hops. The flavor is dominantly malt as well, although it is June, the expiration date is way back in March, I am sure the hops were more prominent in date, not a bad brew, and I’m not sure how accurate my review is, i will try to have another next winter. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Fain aroma of malt. Poured deep amber/mahogany/brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. A few small particles present. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, light nuts, Earth, and a hint of caramel. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, slight nut, light Earth, and hit of caramel finish is lightly dry. Not bad, just boring.