Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Surprisingly enjoyable brew. Deep red/brown pour. Notes of spices,nutmeg....cinammon...ginger maybe? Tagging alongside are caramel malt and a lgiht chocolate touch. KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2013
22oz Bottle. The pour was a clear reddish medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light scattered film with a medium collar and fair sticky lacing.
The aroma was quite complex with a toasted bread malt, light spruce hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee and dark fruit (figs and dates).
The taste was a bold malty sweet with a decent fruit presence along with hints of chocolate and caramel from the get go and was present pretty much throughout, it then progressed slightly with a mild bitter hoppy taste, a touch of coffee and a light toffee sweetness towards the finish. The flavor lasted a bit longer that average following the swallow, with a bitter sweet taste lingering on the taste buds for quite a while longer.
Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this was an extremely tasty, well balanced Winter Ale. I will say with everything this brew has going on it was blended superbly well, which allowed for a smooth and very enjoyable drinkability... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
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
demmbonz (784) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Clear copper color. Spicy aroma and flavor. Very sweet and malty with a moderately spicy backbone. tillmac62 (768) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled 12/13. Pours a ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice and chocolate. Light medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth, but not slick or creamy, mouthfeel. This is not a strong flavored ale. It has more of a subdued profile rather than a flavor bomb. Light spice, cinnamon/cardamom, over a light sweetness. Pleasant and not overpowering. Crisp finish that leaves a slight bitter and spice aftertaste that is also tart.
jsh12bama (761) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Draft at Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Quite surprised at this beer. Taste of toffee and caramel. Good beer for a spiced, winter ale. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2013
22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. Thanks to sommersb.
A - Pours a clear dark red body. Very attractive off white head with large bubbles. Nice lacing and retention.
S - Light toffee and bready malts, nutty with a touch of fruit and spice. A bit muddled but quite nice for a winter warmer.
T - Clean caramel and bready malts with some faint spices and berries. Nice combination of flavors.
M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Highly drinkable.
O - Not generally a style I go after, but this was a very well made beer. I noticed it has hazelnut, raspberry, and cranberry extracts as well as cinnamon and vanilla listed on the ingredient list. Its a bit hard to discern each ingredient but they do work together to produce a nice taste of winter. aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is a very dark beer that is good on cold nights. Has a distinct malty taste. Good aroma and a creamy head. Nice palate with great overall taste. Well done. elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2009 22oz. bottle. Pours red/copper/brown with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a light ring. Very little lacing. Sweet aroma, caramel malt, vanilla, some dark fruit. Flavor is underwhelming, some black cherries, caramel malt, vanilla, spice, but rather weak and watery. Somewhat medicinal. Mouthfeel is low on carbonation, pretty thin, yet manages to get a bit sticky long after the finish. A fair amount of local hype on this one and I was not terribly impressed for my first one. Coulda got an ’08, but I will check it out again next year.
Jabic (735) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Ar: Slight malt and toast - a bit of cinnamon, pepper, and some stale fruitiness.
Ap: Copper, crystal clear - medium very light tan head - good retention with thick lacing.
T: Very fruity - blueberry and raspberry - fruit and slight maltiness dominates - very low bitterness.
P: Medium bod with medium carbonation - finish is somewhat dr.
O: Simple and drinkable beer - fairly one-note and fruitiness is a bit artificial, but overall, not too shabby.