RedSox2004 (1895) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Mud-brown color, thin head but good retention, and very nice intricate lacing. Sweetness up front on the nose, featuring brown sugar, dark fruits - mostly cherry, figs, and raisins - and vanilla. Sweet malts and strong black cherry/fig flavors up front, then molasses, creamy pudding and caramel. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, very pleasant toasted malt aftertaste. Just enough sense of alcohol to keep from going too far with it. Wonderful. TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 Poured a dark clear brown with a little tan head. Smelled of brown bread, sweet malt and dark walnuts. Sweet opening taste, brown surgar, toffee, malt sweetness, nice long caramel aftertaste. Medium on the palate, slightly bubbly. Nice beer, very full taste, almost a meal. Very good! VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle - Poured a dark amber in color with a medium foamy tan head that stuck around. Aroma is malty and sweet with hints of dark fruit and faint of spicy hops. Flavor was an intense mix of malty sweetness, estery fruitiness, caramel and a small amount of hops. Initially fairly sweet, but gives way to some hoppy bitterness at the end. Nice full palate. A good effort... worth seeking out again... TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a dark brown with a foamy off white head. Christmas pudding on the nose. A full mouthfeel, warming toffee malt on the palate, with a spicy fruit swallow. Yum! Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Wow, this stuff is fuckin’ good. All kinds of flavors burst in your mouth upon first sip. Lots of gooey brown sugar, malt, toffee, and caramel are present. Very complex and creamy. I love it. Thanks, Draak.
bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle at home with friend. Very complex ale with good balance between rich sugary malts, fruits and hop bitterness. Has taken an hour to finish the glass and it is growing on me all the time. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2008
11.2oz dusty bottle of unknown vintage pours murky dirty brackish brown with amber hues and 20 second tan head. The moderate aroma brings up soft smooth dark fruitiness, brown sugar and not much else initially. As it warms the dark fruity notes grow. The taste is much more assertive than the nose with sweet sugar coated raisins, prunes, grape jam and boysenberries. Behind these notes are faint brown sugar and smooth aged spices. johnnygm (55) - Santiago, CHILE - NOV 20, 2008
One of my favourites. Liquor aroma, toasted caramel, but fresh at the same time. Nice carbonation and a good head. On palate, nuts, coriander, berries and malt. Softer than expected from the aroma. Embrouille (2853) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 Bottled 33cl. It pours a beautiful nut brown beer with a nicely remaining rocky beige head. Great nose with molasses, whipped cream and mince pies dominating. A huge amout of molasses, christmas pudding, walnuts, nougat, brown sugar and mince pies in the taste. Sweet. Full bodied. Some plums sneaking in. This beer reminds me of rum. Plenty of character. Beautiful lacework. Slightly salty. Smooth. Extremely low bitterness. Mainly candy floss and nougat in the finish. Flawless and deeply pleasant. A great label too, in my opinion. A perfect winter warmer. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Reviewed 11/5/2008 (bottle): Pours a dark chestnut brown body, clear. Average creamy light tan head, somewhat diminishing. Very floral aroma, some dark fruit. Some alcohol in the nose. Some nuttiness too. Somewhat watery body, soft. Floral taste, some fruitiness like strawberries. Toned down taste compared to the nose. Maybe some toasted or roasted notes. Definitely some dark fruit.