slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this one had the potential to be great, but turned out just ok. textbook winter warmer, albeit a 7.2 light brown ale. the oak adds a nice touch to the aroma especially. body is nice too if not quite exceptional. the flavor is where it falls short. just a little something off (touch of sour/vegetal that doesn’t belong)...takes away from what should have been a very good beer."
MikeJslc (778) - USA - AUG 10, 2014
Deep brown, clear, tan head. Aroma of toffee, leather, dark fruit, nutty notes. Flavor: toffee, dark fruit, alcohol, cinnamon notes, oak. A little thin and hot, but not bad. SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle from Bev Mo: Created a thick fluffy head that popped, crackled and snapped as if I had just poured milk in a bowl of rice crisppies. Liquid is a glowing brown hue with an appearance that of a jar of home made honey. Lively scents of cinnamon, herbs, tree bark and a lightly seasoned yeast in a spicy Belgian yeast style makes this an aroma different other brown ales. The initial flavor is malty with brown toasted malt as well as a spicy aftertaste with reminders of clove, peppermint, and green micro herbs. I also want to congratulate the concept of all profits being donated to our troops and their families, makes for a touching story during the season of giving. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle pourers light brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is sour oak and caramel. Flavor is Caramel with in roast and nuts. Not bad. jtclockwork (16443) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours muddy brown with off white head. Nose/taste of gummy bears, candy, wood, burnt caramel, oak and dark fruit. Medium body.
SudsMcDuff (8383) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2011
22oz bottle .. . Pours a deep amber .. light foam .. . nut shells, brown sugar, light booze, spice, and jackie chan bark .. . a pumped up winter warmer but to one dimensional .. . there goes my shot at the pros. now I’m gonna have to be a senator.. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle:   Dirty caramel, large spritzy beige head, dies quickly, spotty lacing.   Aged dark fruit nose,
slightly candyish in that stale way.   Burnt caramel, smidgen of wood, some vanilla and campfire round it out.
Peat and sweet charred wood up front, some dark pitted fruit but its muted.   This kinda reminds me of
really old and stale brown sugar.   Moderate body and mouthfeel, finish is a little thin.   Very slight
tartness to it.   Perhaps it was best to have this months ago.   Just has this stale sugary flavor.   Oak
is minor.   Not bad, but could stand to be heaftier. RSRIZZO (1984) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2011
22oz bottle poured into a Dimpled Mug at 45°. Color is a golden amber with very good carbonation and a tall thick, frothy head. Aroma has a bold sour note, a hint of oak, hay and hop citrus. It has a lighter medium body that goes down with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor of roasted malt, raisins, tart cranberries and a pine like taste, then a full bitterness rolls in. In the after taste a sour fruit and Belgian yeast flavor shows up with a dry feel. Overall its a very well done Holiday brew with a complex flavor palate that suits the season. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
22 ounce bottle
wlajwl (6742) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Hiding in the back of the cellar I decided that this has been waiting too long. It was not an expensive bomber which was good - the contents were merely passable. In hindsight I don’t regret picking it up but I also would not have been upset to choose something else.
Aroma and appearance - The deep fluid body was lively and carbonated with bubbles percolating through the maroon base. Like a glass full of watery mud it sat there idly. The smell of a rustic cabin decorated only with a small Christmas tree gave off a festive mood. Somehow though it was unimpressive.
Flavor and palate - The booziness hit the senses immediately. Coming along for the ride were burnt toast, a glowing feel, and rich tea or instant coffee. After a while it became boring. The fact that a third of the bottle went down the drain did not bother me. This was a good effort but poorly executed.
Roasted malts in the aroma while the appearance is a brown-amber in color. The flavor is of fruit and the aforementioned malts. Rather unique for a brown ale, this is heavy on the fruit but still balanced in the malts.