roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a dark brown with a minimal amount of white wispy head. Aroma is very earthy: oaks, smoke, floral, caramel and slight burbony scents. Flavor is sweet, yet very spicey, like taco spicey. Really not a fan of the flavor. Overall, didnt live up to what i had hoped for. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2004 bottle courtesy of Brock_Landers. Dark brown pour with a decent sized head. Spicy aroma. Nice and smooth now thanks to the age on the bottle, I get a malty almost peanut flavor from it. Really nice. I’ll be buying some to age next time I can find it. thedm (6186) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 This bottled brew made in 2003 poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was dark and hazy with finely granulated sediments floating in the body and dark brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of smoky caramel roasted malts chocolate and was very nice. Its mouth feel is tingly mild vinous bubbly with a palate and a smooth aftertaste. Its flavor contained vinous dark beer brown malts dark malts Irish red malty notes and was very tasty. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber. Aroma is dominated by chocolate and sweet malts. Chocolate, spices, and carmalized sugar all come through in the taste. Finishes with a small hop bitterness that lingers pretty well. I must revisit this one before the Winter is over. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanetti’s, Libertyville, IL. 8.1% ABV. Clear dark amber ale having a small diminishing head. Soft carbonation. Earthy, spicy, and caramel aromas. Medium-to-full bodied that starts with spice, conifer (juniper?), wood, smoke, caramel and light sweet malt flavors. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. Interesting deeply spicy complex flavors which some may find overwhelming. This is a very good warm and spicy drinkable winter brew. Warming this beer to near room temperature is necessary for full flavor development.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2005
2005 vintage: Deep brown hue. Sweet fruity nose, caramel, grain, hops. Pale tan head, mostly diminishing leaving some lace. Soft palate, toasty grain, caramel, cocoa, cherry, nutty, medium body, with nice hopped up finish. Quite bitter, pungent hops, spicy and in your face. Quite enjoyable I must say. NachlamSie (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 10 oz. pour at the brewery followed by a pint at Illegal Pete’s. I was looking forward to revisiting this one. It’s near black with a tall light head. The aroma is a little different from the norm with hints at seaweed, rice, leather, fresh oak and chocolate. The palate is medium heavy and creamy. There is a sharp crisped rice cereal character with an almost smoky backdrop. Notes of earth, cacao nibs and slight dark fruits are in the flavor. Great winter beer. jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Rich chocolate malts. I healthy medium hop bitterness. Thick surupy mouth feel with a low carbonation. Perfect winter ale. Has that hearty richness you need on a cold day. Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber...seemed cloudy and hazey at first, but clarified fairly quickly. Frothy white head disappeared soon after pour.
Aroma is very interesting...at first you notice the fruity hops and a little spice...then you notice something distinctly sweet: and I can’t place exactly what it is. It reminds of Christmas cookies or a sweet drink of sorts...or maybe something out of a scratch and sniff book...it’s peculiar and very interesting.
The tastse is great, too...initial hop bitterness melts into malty sweetness. It’s not just well-balanced, the muliple facets of flavor flow into each other without boundary.
A great winter ale!! Bjorn74 (3) - Copenhagen V, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005 does not count
An interesting aroma of mould and chocolate - a hint of hops. Nice head on pouring, but it does’nt last. Deep brown, chestnut colour. The chocolate is in the flavour as well, along with malt notes, and a strong hoppy bitterness.