blipp (9314) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours brown with an off white head. The aroma has spicy noble hops, light woody notes, and sweet malts. The flavor is a tad muddled. Belgian yeast, spicy hops, an oaky hint, and a light sweetness. Still pretty good, and part of the proceeds are donated to veterans so it gets a +1 in my book for that. CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Pours a reddish brown with a medium head leaving a nice lace. The aroma is nutty, fruity and woody. The beer is nicely spicy and earthy. The hops are well used here and balance everything out nicely. The belgian yeast is very apparant in the fruitiness & spiciness of this beer. The alcohol is a bit brash but in no way is this unforgivable. Pretty good beer all around. greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with a super thick head. Aroma is sweet and it has a light holiday fragrance. Flavor is very sweet, mild spices, and raisins. Using a Belgian yeast definitely gives the flavor a nice quality. The only real complaint is this was a bit thin. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Shared at a recent Christmas party. I enjoy a brown ale just as much as the next guy, the creamy nutty flavors, you can’t go wrong. However this one sort of falls short of that. It’s got creamy nutty notes, but mostly the hops come through which makes for a bitter taste, which is OK, but I was hoping for more of that creaminess to come through. RedSox2004 (1900) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Clear medium brown with a one-finger off-white head that dissipated rapidly to a splotchy film. Classic seasonal aromas of toasted malts and spices. Flavors are similar, and feature sweet, almost tart dark malt with dark fruit highlights and nutty and spice accents. Medium body and carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, and a sweetish finish. Nothing spectacular, but certainly appropriate for the season.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and raisins. Flavor starts off fruity sweet, with lots of rasins and dark fruit. The roasted malt and some spice comes through next, followed by hops and some oak for a slightly bitter finish. Overall, a pretty good brew. The flavor opens up as it warms and the complexity really comes out. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle pours a hazy amber/red color with a thin tan head. Sweet scent of caramel with roasted malts and a hint of nuts. Taste is roasted malt, some nuts and fruit sweetness.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
22oz bottle, only $6. pours a deep amber with minimal tan head. arma and taste are hidden byt cardboard notes, slightyl stale feel. works ok, still drinkable. he oak is bright and new underneath that, which is maybe why it is clashing. some time might do this well, or it will go completely to poo. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2010
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House pouring up murky orange – copper with off white head. The aroma is full of fairly smooth notes of raisins, honey, prunes, spices and molasses. The taste begins with raisins and prunes and then quickly picking up some spiciness and the carbonation surges forward. Beyond midway and into the finish it gets a bit peppery as well as smooth and sweet with malt underneath. Nice brew. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, sweet cocoa, raisin, dusty earth, and some mild spices. I get barely a hint of oak as this warms. Flavor is sweet and somewhat syrupy with more of a distinct spice and dusty earth to it with some caramel, cocoa, raisin, and a light cereal grain. Finishes earthy and spicy with some roasts coming in along with a sweet, dusty caramel and cocoa. Medium length aftertaste following a medium body and soft, creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay beer. Has some nice things going on, but everything never quite came together for me.