21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Dark cranberry reddish tint to the black night color of this brew. Little if any head. Hoppy toffee aroma. I got a bit of licorice up front, but not the kind you get from a bw. A buttery feel to it as well and it finishes with a bit of bite. Interesting and not bad at all. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of caramel, vanilla. roasted nuts, fruit, and light spices. Pours a dark transparent copper with a small soapy head that quickly fades to a ring. Quick nuttiness and caramel up front is quickly covered up by a vanilla, milk chocolate, butterscotch, and slight ginger finish. Pretty tastey, but probably couldn’t drink more than 12oz or so without it wearing on me. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Jonathan3584. Transparent mahogany with minimal head, fades to film quickly. Aroma all over the place, vanilla and spices up front, with some chocolate, mollasses and fruit. Spicy sweet caramel malt in initial flavor turns to all extract vanilla taste. Quite put off by all the vanilla. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2006
(2005/2006 Version) The nose is very fruity; perhaps cherries were used to make this beer. The palate is full of chocolate, spice, and cherry notes. It’s like a wassail without being overwhelmed with spice. I did not think that I would like this beer, but it is interesting. Nice winter ale. SpringsLicker (3638) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours a sparkling clear dark garnet with a small fleeting head.
Fruity aroma gives off grape and honeydew melon.
The flavor starts with a grape candy sweetness, a slight bitterness comes in as it fades to a dry finish. I didn’t get and of the vanilla that others have noted, I’ll look for it when I try another one of these.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Pours brown with an off white small head. Aroma of vanilla(almost enough that it tasted oak barrel aged) with caramel and chocolate. The flavor was pretty straight forward vanilla, which I found to be a little overwelming. TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a medium brown with a small head. Aroma is of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is melted vanilla ice cream with some chocolate syrup mixed in. Short finish with little aftertaste. Thanks to Brandon for this one. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2005
22oz bottle via trade with jonathan3584 - Thanks Jonathan! - Pours mahogony with a film of an offwhite head that doesn’t do much. Aroma is of vanilla, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is vanilla beans, a touch of spice, some caramel, a bit of molasses. Palate is rather thin and somewhat watery for a beer of it’s color. Definitely drinkable though and a nice brew for the season. Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Poured from bottle to Engligh pint glass. Smooth aroma of lightly roasted pecans and vanilla. Smooth dark color with a lasting cream head. Feels like liquid silk in the mouth. Did I mention it was smooth? Finished slightly sweet with vanilla hints. Wow, no wonder it’s so hard to get this stuff before it’s sold out! Hangover (1136) - oxford, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Nice dark amber pour with a frothy white and lasting head. Pretty spicy aroma. Vanilla, brown sugar, maple syrup and a few others which blend together. Taste is good, with more of the vanilla, very mild but you catch a whole bunch of other spice towards the finish. Very smooth, somewhat creamy. Some nutmeg, slighty bitter hopping. Pretty darn good for a winter beer. I like this one a LOT. There is more in there, but I drank it too fast, it was GOOD! Rating this one high for drinkability and the fact they don’t rely on a buttload of alcohol to make a flavorful and warming seasonal.