Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2009 Bottle pours an off-white, sticky lacing head and the body is a beautiful clear amber. Smells of caramel, barley, some hops, and butter. Flavors abound of caramel, cocoa, toffee, little nut, and some spices. Nice body. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of TheBeerGod on 04/19/2009. Very clear reddish brown body with a small off-white head. Big malty and molassas aroma with some spicy hints. Sweet caramel and molassas flavor with some faint vanilla and some spice. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
Palidor19 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
at first sip it brings a vast assortment of dark flavor with lots of hazelnut, maple syrup and caramel. it sort of drags out at the end. still beer goes all the way with a bit of astringent at the finish. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle pours clear red color with off white head. Aroma has caramel malt and subtle spices. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is more subtle malt and spice. Just an average brew. Dorwart (2583) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Decent sized head of small and dense bubbles. Very weak aroma with a bit of spices and dry flowery malts. Strange that the aroma is so weak. Color is a nice crimson brown. Wow, not the flavor that I expected. A big slap of vanilla up front. Loads of soft chewy malts, lots of flowers, some more spices and as Pastor said malted milk balls. A very unexpected flavor combination when compared to the aroma. Finishes sweet and pasty with lingering soft malts and vanilla. A unusual brew.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Thanks to brentk56 for sending this want along in his black booty package 22oz bomber poured in to my DFH snifter produced a two finger tan head that trailed of to a thick lace the body of the brew was a nice burgandy color when held to the light
The aromas coming of it are quite pleasing Coco not roasted in any ways, some sweet caramel malt, vanilla and other spices I associate with winter.
The flavor is quite a surprise, I really like it. The ale was like a malted milk chocolate, but the wrong color if you know what I mean. Just a creamy and full in the mouth as I would expect. The sweetness was there along with the vanilla.
I was really blow away by this one and will defiantly look for it again next year. A great winter warmer one of the best I have tried
Drake (13637) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Winter 2008 22 ounce bottle from PJs Fast Mart in Sylva, North Carolina. Pours a clear deep red color with a medium tan head. Fair head retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, raisin, toffee, bread, cinnamon. Taste like liquid graham crackers... toastiness, cinnamon, bread, some subtle hops and dark fruits. Medium-full bodied. BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle that I shared at the Free the Hops monthly chapter meeting in Huntsville. Poured ruby with an off-white head that left good lace. Aromas of sweet malts, light fruit in the background and vanilla. The flavor found fruit (mainly cherries), milk chocolate, vanilla and spice. Medium body, dry, but sweet. Nice! Mdgutows (42) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 Smells like spices, bread, caramel, and some vanilla. Color is deep red with a small creamy tan head. Medium bodied with wonderful combination of spices including cinnamon, clove and coriander. Brown sugar and malts with a hit of vanilla that steals the show. It’s the perfect amount of vanilla that hits the back part of your tongue and is never overwhelming. The palate is well balanced and the flavors compliment one another extremely well. Especially the slight sweetness coupled with the spices. This winter ale is the only reason I still believe in Santa Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Brown-amber. Earthy, lightly hoppy aroma. Cookie, earth and light melony hop. Soft and drinkable winter brew. I like it.