willisread (3944) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2017
Draft at Craft Brewed. Pours a deep copper with a small bit of creamy head that lingers. Big vanilla forward nose with caramel, nougat and milk chocolate aromas. Smooth on the palate, sweet but not cloying. Vanilla really stands out in the front, but doesn't completely overwhelm. Nice low abv winter beer. Enjoyable. Bill Becker (2051) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 25, 2017
From Jun 2007
Obtained in a trade with Brentk56. Thanks a bunch!!
To start off, I have the 1L taped swing top bottle ...it's very cool looking.
It pours into my New Belgium chalice a very nice amber with a smallish head of foam. It doesn't stick around very long and I'm left with just a ring around the edge of the glass and there's just a tiny bit of lacing.
The smell...I'm getting a huge whiff of vanilla, malt, and some other spices.
The taste is also very big on the vanilla with a nice burnt caramel malt backing it up. Swishing the Ale in mouth, I get a bit of citrus tartness and some chocolate notes and that has me smacking my mouth. This is a very unusual tasting sample of the style and I'm liking it.
The finish is on the bitterish side with flavours of hot cocoa and it leaves a pleasing long lasting aftertaste. I'm not getting too much warming so either the abv is fairly low or it's really well hidden. A *very* nice drop indeed. I'm glad I got this one in the trade. :^) JDW1976 (21) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2017
Tasted from a 22 oz bottle. Pours the color of a dirty penny. Aroma is damp earth, baking spices, and hay cut in the autumn. Paired quite well with a rich vegetable broth soup on an unseasonably cool summer day.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bacchus66 (1090) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2017
22oz bottle. Yum, lots going on here. Dark brown, opaque pour, thin brownish head. Nuts and spice aromas, flavors are coffee, spice, raisins, almones. Lingering malted finish. Wish I had more bottles of this. Quick3Beers (1560) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Pours a rich brown from a bottle, medium off-white head. Caramel nose, similar flavor with a bit of cola finishing somewhat bitter. Good beer.
BuckeyeBoy (9219) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2017
12oz bottle thanks to Steve. Pours out a crisp brown sugar color topped with a white head. Nose is rich malts some spice. Taste is more of the malts some bread malts and spice. monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2017
A very good winter beer. Tastes a lot like Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice. Pours a clear Amber with a tan head. Smells of vanilla and Amber malts. Taste is very good, lots of vanilla. Had in the bottle.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Kleg (461) - The Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Clear mahogany pour with a khaki head and good retention. Smooth, dark, lightly roasted caramel malt flavor. Good lacing. Minimal spice taste and a little dark fruit. Tastes like a doppelbock light. I could do without the dark fruit. Panzuriel (2465) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Appearance: Slightly hazy darker copper brown. Half a finger of white foam.
Nose: Malt forward caramel, toasted wheat, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and roasted nuts.
Taste: Nutty, winter spice, sweet caramel and a bit of plum. Restrained earthy hops.
Body: medium and unremarkable.
Parting thoughts: An above average winter warmer. Right amount of spice for my liking.
superspak (6367) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2017
22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, berries, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, berries, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/fruitiness, and herbal/yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spice balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from hop/spice bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent winter warmer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Follows the English style for the most part. Great malt complexity and underlying fruity yeast notes; nice spice balance without being overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering.