mrjaxson (618) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
If there is such a thing as a typical winter ale -- dark color, bits of mulled fruit and spices in the aroma, hops making a fleeting appearance in a dry finish -- the Merry Isthmus Ale is it. akoeninger (775) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2014
On tap at downtown location. Pours a dark red color with a small amount of tan head. Wonderful spicy aroma included nutmeg, cinnamon and dark malts. Complex taste got better when it warmed. Cherry, vanilla, clove, oak, ginger and some light spruce notes. Light alcohol warming in the finish. Full bodied with along finish. A very good winter spiced ale. Rivals Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a frothy head. Aroma is full of malt, a bit of roasty notes, and ginger. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with an oily finish. A pretty good beer I’ll have again. jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2010
On tap at the GD brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Deep brown pour, very porter-like, small white head. Nose is ginger, clove, vanilla, cinnamon. Tastes of chocolate, spruce, light smoke and hops. Again, reminds me of a very off-kilter porter. Interesting, very nice. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2010
[Tap] Sampled back in mid-December. Pours an opaque dark red color with a small amount of tan head. Wonderful spicy aroma included nutmeg, cinnamon and dark malts. Complex taste got better when it warmed. Cherry, vanilla, clove, oak, ginger and some light spruce notes. Light alcohol warming in the finish. These flavors blended perfectly to make this beer one of the better that I’ve had in a long time.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Very dark ruby red without much of a head. Aroma was weak but what was there was heavy malts, spices, and floral hops. Roasty flavor with spices, and piney hops. Strong, smooth, and pretty good. JPDIPSO (6287) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Nice clear garnet color with a small cream colored head. Dark malt aromas with hints of baked dark fruits. Dark chocolate with a light clove spice backdrop. A strong english ale, but lacks depth. badgerben (5332) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Growler. Dark red color with a medium head. Interesting dusty malt aroma that is also slightly sweet. Hints of cherry. The taste is completely different than what I was expecting. It definitely had a smoked malt thing going on, but not in an overwhelming way. It was like a weaker Rauch or Scotch Ale, which is what I was sure it would have been when I looked it up. Tasty! robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Cherry Coke Coloring. Sandy Head. Sweet, Caramel…dusty Malt Aroma…Roasted? Flavor…Smokey. Similiar to a Rauch or Scotch Ale DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Dark brown body, minimal white head. Chocolate malt body with cherry and spruce notes to round it out. Very nice flavor, the malts and nice and strong.