hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to SNOWTIGER. Pours a redish-amber color with a long lasting off white head with good lacing. Aroma of malts and caramel finishes with a roastiness. Flavor is strong with alcohol, also notes of caramel, molassas, and is sweet. Medium to heavy mouthfeel finishes this well rounded, tasty, winter brew. fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours to a dark mocha color. Very strong-tasting beer. Lots of roasty flavors, nice, strong finish - very good. Also, very strong alcohol wise (at least to me). Creamy, heavy, and very good. A nice change of pace. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Pours with a frothy amber-tan colored head that is a finger and a half thick. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a brilliantly clear deep ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty with notes of caramel and toffee up front moving to a dry lightly roasted note and a bit of burnt grain astringency. The finish reminds me of toasty brown ale. Perhaps there is a bit of cherry like fruit character as well, but this is fairly subdued.SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2005
The beer has a medium full heft to it, but does not really coat the mouth to much. The beer is lightly sweet with notes of toffee and a light molasses. The finish is a mix of toasted malt notes, a bit of coffee, and a roast grain character that also includes a hint of burnt grain astringency. There is a combination of flavors that make me think of Rum; a combination of the sweet malt notes and the slight alcohol heat in the finish.
This beer is actually quite nice, not very many breweries do a English style Old Ales. The malt character is refreshingly unhoppy, and makes for a great sipping beer. This will age pretty well, and I think I will have to pick up a couple bottles for next years holiday season.
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Creamy mouthfeel is full of bready and chocolate malt. The ABV is hid well amongst the bittering hops , which balance the malt nicely. So easy to drink it is kind of scary - I will definitely be putting some of this into the cellar. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2012 When I 1st drank this I didn’t realize that it was 8.1. I would not have guessed it was a strong ale. The Hops didn’t stand out, but balanced well. Roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Creamy. 1st rated this Nov.26th 2005.
Been drinking this every holiday and enjoying more and more. Wonderful smooth roasty flavors. Had to kick the rate up a few notches.
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Deep ruby-red body, thick light tan head. Piney, citrusy hops aroma with sweet/tart malts, toast, hints of chocolate, fruit, and spice. Quite complex. The flavor was surprisingly toasty with notes of chocolate attempting to balance bitter piney, grapefruit rindy hops. Hints of dark fruit. The alcohol was detectable. Chocolatey and earthy compared to most ASAs, not too bitter, but still dominated by PNW hops. Good, not great. cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2005
A big, hoppy seasonal that manages to go down quite smoothly, although behind the hoppy veil it’s a bit of an alcohol fest. Fair head, pretty warm reddish tinge, and an overall pleasant outing in my glass. mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2005
This is a very smokie beer. Very dark in color and very rich tasting. I would put this in my good beer catagory ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Clear deep reddish colour with a small light brown head. Light roasted malt aroma with some chocolate sweetness and a faint coffee bitterness. Nice chocolate sweet flavor with notes of coffee and earth. Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Lots of malt in the nose, a light roast, some bitter chocolate, the smell of toasted bread, very nice! Deep red to crimson body with a half inch thick creamy off-white head. Thick malt flavor, lots of toffee, roasty hints, nice earthy hoppyness which reminds me of beautiful brown leafes, light alcoholic touch in the end. Very good ale, with high drinkability.