Suttree (6484) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2003
From giant flip top bottle. Burgundy, thin white head. Apples, cherries, nutmeg in the aroma, and in the flavor, as well. also, some butterscotch and maple. Very good. Nuffield (4189) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
I knew that this wasn’t supposed to be the ideal aging beer (too low of abv, in theory), but I had a bottle that I bought in Atlanta in January 2006, and I kept it mostly in the refrigerator until August 2007--so over 18 months. And I thought it was swell! There was a little oxidation, but it was all positive, giving the nuttiness a nice vanilla edge and a sense of woody maturation. There’s a fruity side, too, that hasn’t been lost, and it is nicely carbonated to be slightly frothy and not too aggressive. No hops to worry about in the finish (I like my beers all-malts, no-hops, basically). Overall, I conclude, it’s a good beer that doesn’t hurt it to give it some careful aging. jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Draught. Pours dark amber with thin off white head. The aroma is sweet with hints of chocolate, and malt. The flavor is very sweet but with a nice light balance of bitterness. Very drinkable. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2008
This is a really delicious little winter treat. The 06 version, had been flavored with butter pecan, and was great by itself or with desert over ice cream. Spices are just right, and balance with the caramel maltiness, reminiscent of an English strong ale. bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. this came from the RB table full of bottles. I think BBB63 may have brought this one, but I’m not sure. the day was starting to get hazy at this point, and for some reason this bottle was going basicly untouched. The nose was very heavy on the cimamon, which i guess was a turn off for many. it was very malty with tons of vanilla and cimanom, it also had a slightly grainy texture, probably form the massive amount of malt in this. i thought it was great. like cinmon toast crunch. hopefully you like breakfest ceral for beer.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - DEC 1, 2008
Taste 12/8, Bottle. Looks: Dark red with a thin head. Aroma: Winter Spices. Cinnamon, clove, brown sugar. Taste: Wow, taste is bigger than aroma. Malty. Very spice heavy, warm and lively. Clean ( not sticky), light to medium bodied and drinkable. Good seasonal. surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2009
22 oz. 2008 bomber. Pours bright copper with a dense, creamy tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is soft and sweet with powdered sugar and some biscuity notes, along with the omniprescent vanilla cream vibe. Flavor is sweet, malty, and creamy with strong vanilla notes and some traditional holiday spices; most comparable to cream soda - pleasant and different. Medium bodied and smooth. This is a nice beer that I look forward to every winter. Definitely a unique take on the holiday ale theme. 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. daknole (11050) - 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. Drake (14058) - 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.