GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Draught at The Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC. Clear light brown color with off white head. Smelled like sugar cookies. Flavors included chocolate, spruce, vanilla, root beer, and a hint of raspberry. Moderate carbonation. Very satisfying winter beer. JCW (1279) - 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. SpringsLicker (3677) - 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. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Found this old rating while packing today. Black color with ruby highlights. Little to no light tan-ish head. a decent amount of hops in this brew, with some butterscotch and toffee flavors. Some dark fruits and a strong nutty overtone. creamy mouthfeel despite the soda-y carbonation. interesting fo sho SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
22 oz bottle, thanks to OhioDad! Pours clear deep cherry brown color with a large beige head. Rich dark fruity malts anchor the aroma, with coffee, molasses, spice, apple juice and nutmeg present as well. Roasty bitter-sweet flavor, with prunes, coffee, bitter spices, candied fruity and an astringent finish. Medium to full body and gentle carbonation. Definitely an interesting beer.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
2006 bomber. Pine aroma with coriander, nutmeg, and ginger. Tastes like bitter gingerbread and mouthfeel is rather thick. Dry spice finish. HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle (650ml). Shared with mds and tupalev, my bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured fairly deep coppery orange, average head. Sweet aroma, vanilla, root beer, spice, sweet malt, a bit of perfumey hops - a little artificial but pleasing. Even more vanilla in the taste, a little mild bitterness in the finish - average body, a little still, a hint of astringency - nice, softly spicy. PorterPounder (8284) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Rerate Must have gotten an old bottle last time. More pronounced nutty aroma this time around Original 3.3 Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverages - big ass litre pop-top bottle. Murky dark orangeish-copper colored pour with a light slightly off-white head. Fresh lake water aroma, some faint overripe fruitiness - expected more. Some Christmas spices show up initially with a hint of licorice. Some candy-like notes make their presence known as well - some vanilla, and root beer. Mouthfeel is thick enough but not a highlight. Would make a decent winter warmer. Interesting to say the least. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
06-Sep-06 (1 liter flip-top bottle: Obtained 25-Mar-06 in trade with Jonathan3584, thanks Jonathan!) Ruddy brown in appearance and semi-translucent, the beer is capped by a half-inch, light-tan head that settles to a wide ring. Sweet spices, dark malts and brown sugar in the nose. First impression: wow, that’s spicy! Lots and lots of cinnamon bombards the palate, but once over that initial shock, the dark, lightly roasty malts able to stand on their own. However, the finish reverts back to cinnamon, plus brown sugar, candy caramel and hot cocoa mix. Not much in the hop department, and any bitterness is probably from the light roast, but this is clearly a spice and malt-dominated beer. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, despite the heavy dose of spices, the beer is still enjoyable, though a slight reduction in the amount of spices might serve this beer better. One final note: in a group tasting at O’Brien’s (who can drink an entire liter of beer like this?!), some really liked the beer, others thought it was overtly spicy, but it certainly generated a lot of good discussion, pro and con, and that’s the sign of a successful beer. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Tasted at the post-release DLD party: Clean caramel hue with good lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of juniper, cardamom, saffron, anise, wild flowers (i.e. very herbal) along with some caramel malt vapours. WOW, very spicy and sweet with a lot of malt leading towards a fruity midesection of candy apple, fig and peaches. The finish is spicy, minty and dry with a chalky aftertaste. The mouth feel is soft and smooth despite a high amount of carbonation. A nice spiced winter warmer but could use a tad more hop character.