Kleg (165) - The Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2017
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (2098) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2017
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 (5223) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
hman43 (1368) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown in appearance with ruby hues. Aromas and flavors of nuts, roast and plums.
Aggiebob (1017) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky brown with thin beige head. Malt aroma with some spiciness. Taste includes caramel and some dark fruitiness.
Chudwick (3046) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber brewed on 10/27/2015 - nose is spicebread, ginger, and biscuity. Sip impressed me as I raised a reverent eyebrow. It added chocolate, vanilla and mandarin peels. Definitely nutty. A little flat. Grassy finish.
Beerman6686 (6573) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a red color with an off white head. Aroma was of caramel, some dark fruit and spices. Flavor pretty similar, not a bad winter warmer, but not my style.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home in snifters. ours a deep brown with some head and mild lace. Aroma is caramel, spices, toffee, walnuts. Taste is nutty, caramel, toffee, winter spices, and cocoa. Medium light body. Easy to drink but packed full of flavors. Light booze for a WW style.
edgallow (3976) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, spices and toffee. Taste is cinnamon, ginger, malts and grains.
ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Hop City Birmingham. Pours dark copper with a beige head. Aroma of malt, syrupy and lots of spices. Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla bean followed by hints of dark, tart fruits. After taste of vanilla and maple syrup. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Goes down smooth. Very good beer.