beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Reddish amber color. Small head. Aroma is spicy (cinnamon and clove) and fruity. A medium bodied “strong ale”. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Lots of winter spices in the beer, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove and ginger. Well balanced. Smooth taste. Nice winter warmer. Hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Slightly malty, spicey nose. Coppery appearance. I had no lace on my glass but noticed that agro0 had some on his--must be perks of ratebeer bigwigs... Anyway, the strongest characteristic was the piney hop finish. Slightly malty, mostly a dry palate. Slight alcohol taste in flavor. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2003
The nice copper hue was topped with a creamy off-white head and some lace. The aroma hinted of cimmamon, clove, dusty yeast, very aromatic hops and buttery french toast. The taste starts very English, smooth and mild. But there is the manditory northwestern pine hop finish. I think there is a law requiring bitter hops in ALL styles of brew. The blended balance works well with this beer. Very nice brew, recommended, Thanks again, ArGo0. PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - DEC 5, 2003
The first aroma that hit my nose was that of floral scented candles. The taste however, is quite pleasant... some hops, some fruity sweetness and alcohol. A little bit of a head, but not much. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Hazy copper body with small beige head. Aroma is strongly spiced (ginger, cinnamon, clove). Taste is spiced (ginger, clove, light orange peel), finishing with pine/grapefruit. Light alcohol warming. Medium body. The mix of spices evokes Christmas.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Brownish/red color,medium sized head that had a short amount of lasting time.The aroma was very nice,malty sweet with hints of fruit and mild hops,and just a faint hint of alcohol.The taste was fantastic malty upfront,sweet and mildly fruity then a nice well done amount of hops hit you.It also has a wine like character in the feel,with the after taste being malty and nicely hopped.This is one hell of a nice brew,flavorful and fairly well balanced makes me wish i bought more from L.S. but i guess 3 will have to do.Golden Valeey really seems to know how to do there brew,because i haven't run into a really terrible brew from them yet. belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Good malty, slightly sweet aroma. Body is balanced quite well, and finishes to the dry side. Balances the alcohol quite well. A good beer, but not great. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2004 The beer pours a murky blood red color, the head is purposeful in size, creamy in consistency, and light tan in color as it dissipates it leaves behind a sticky and thick sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Ripe bananas, yeast, malt, cotton candy sweet all make up this quite sniffable beer. Ambrosial the start, tons of malt, the top middling in feel, the finish minimally acidic, the hops present, but not over powering and the 8.5 ABV hit in all the malt. Quite drinkable, and a beer worthy of a sample, I think a bit different from the run of the mill “Strong Ales”. AxeMaster221 (342) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2003
This is a great beer from a small brewery. Rich malty aroma, and a lovely brown color with almost no head. Malty caramel flavors, with just enough hops to put a little bite in the finish and balance the sweetness. An excellent winter warmer. dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2003
A generous, warm, loving old ale type ale. It is just a lovely flavored beer that is very warming with lots of caramelly flavors.