BeerHawk (1811) - 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 (19426) - 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. badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Dark red color with no head. Light malt aroma. Complex flavors... caramel and chocolate mixed with dry grains. Some cinnamon and yeast. Certainly Christmasy. bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Pours deep cherry-wood off the tap, reminiscent of a good whiskey. The nose is malty and earthen. Some vegetal flavors mingle with vanilla extract, powdered sugar (like the inside of a bon-bon) and malts. These carry through the finish, and accompany a light bitter with a medium-thin mouthfeel. Decent, but a different brew here. Nice to try, and would have again.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Bottle. Rich moderately sweet malty aroma. Deep reddish amber body, creamy tan head. Lots of sweetness and vanilla in the flavor, but not cloying. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle at Funky Buddha/Case and Keg tasting. Brown pour. Aroma is crisp and clean with some nice malty fruit notes, caramel and some faint hops. Flavor is pretty clean and crisp. Some good fruit notes come through and some nice spices as well. Pretty good effort from a solid brewery. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2009
The aroma is very sweet and syrupy with both chocolate and maple. There is also spices, caramel, and vanilla. The appearance is deep amber with a three finger head. The flavor is like the aroma. There are a lot of good tastes going on but I must admit they come in stages and not always complimentary. The palate is smooth and the finish bitter. Overall a very unique winter beer. DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle recieve via trade with Beerlando. Pour was nut brown color with plenty of carbonation. Aroma was peppery, spicy and very malty. Flavor was nice and complex; black licorce, pepper, flowers, hops and caramel. I’d trade for a bottle of this again! jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
22oz bomber from late 2008. Pours a deep ruddy brown with a medium tan head and decent clarity. The aroma is malty with a caramel toffee note. The flavor was surprising and delightful - lots of caramel. I don’t mean lots of caramel like big English barleywines. This tasted like a mix of caramel malts and toffee and a strong flavor of kettle caramelization. The almost buttery caramel notes are accented by vanilla. There is a soft level of balancing bitterness with hints of chocolate and more caramel and vanilla in the end. The chocolate and soft bitterness are the perfect balance to keep the beer from being cloying. The mouthfeel is rich and full - hearty like winter. Overall, a very pleasant recipe.