asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head on top. The head has somewhat of a reddish tint to it. Aroma is full of caramel malts, toffee, and hints of hops. Flavor is full of roasted malts, caramel, oak, and hints of hops coming in. The aroma is quite similar to Double Bastard but the flavor is quite different. Another good winter beer. I would like to age some just to see how it holds up. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
12oz bottle (dated 2006) purchased in a 6-pack from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a deep copper with a somewhat large head and a lot of carbonation. Strong and pleasant aroma of malt and hops. First taste is rather heavy and sweet with a taste of molasses. The alcohol is noticeable. The taste continues to be heavy and lingers long in the mouth. Took a while to warm up to (or perhaps it just took a while to warm me up!). An interesting beer, but not my favourite style.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2006
6 pack 12 ouncers. Looks like alot of ingredients were put into this beer. Thick, mahogany in color. Rich light tan, maybe bit reddish head. I like it, good winter brew. ganache (5854) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 Bottle. Strong chocolate and toffee aroma, also very sweetly malty. Really, I’m expecting candy here. Pours deep red with a light brown fizzy head. Sticky, bitter, and dry taste of chocolate, toffee, bittering hops, and light grapefruit. Resin and pine, a bit of hop essence/oil. Body is light, surprising considering the enormous rush of flavors. Dry, bitter hoppy finish. Very "dirty" character, though. Strange and interesting, and surprisingly I do like the harsh grittiness here. Bit of an alcohol burn. One of the better winter brews of the hoppy variety. [2006.11.27: 3.5]HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Ah, finally coming back to an old favorite. The resin and the distinctive, dank and pungent woodiness really jump out of the bottle, cedar and tobacco well over the modest pine, and the caramel and darker toffee are lively and jumping instead of flat. Oily, woody hops with a light herbal component, man are they ever cramming every last bit of woodsy/natural flavor into this drink, lots of bold sub-syrupy surprises. Sticky, dank, strongly bitter and spicy. Really very gruntingly masculine, as in when perfume enthusiasts talk about ’sandalwood’ and musk. Strong alcohol is contained but not tamed. A great treat for the fireplace and pit. [2014.11.12: 3.8]
12 oz. bottle. Pours deep brown with some red hues, short off-white head. Malts, toffee, caramel and hops in the nose. Big flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, wood and a pleasant hop bite. A real complex mix that is very satisfying. I’ll let some of these age and rate again.
Skinnyviking (9550) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle. Light brown short head. Hazy orange body. Lovely cocoa aroma. Cocoa caramel flavor plus mild hops to balance the sweetness. iskirwan1 (66) - monument, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 pours a deep ruby red with foamy offwhite head.lots of caramal in the aroama some alcohol
and a hint of hops.tate is creamy sweet bubbley and warming.finsh is sweet.overall a great winter warmer from great divide screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
Red-amberish colour. Off-white head. Nuts, malt,wood and a raspberry touch in aroma. Malty, caramel and some alcohol in flavor. lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Clear deep red, nice head. Aroma delivers both hops and sweet malty fruits. Taste has less noble hops that I’d expected, very bitter. Resinous and sweet, in a good way. This is one huge beer, will try to get a few for the old cellar. Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Not great. Poured a deep ruby red with a great lacing head. Aroma sweet vanilla and cherries. Flavor very sweet and a bit spicy, with some raisins and vanilla, but nothing stands up.