Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - NOV 16, 2016
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a ruddy burnt amber to brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a moderate pace. Stringy glossy lace.
The aroma has some toffee malts, figs, super light amount of chocolate and toast. Vanilla sweetness as well.
The flavor leans malty sweet with a graceful attempt of low grassy bittering hops. Toasty vanilla warmth enters in on the aftertaste with the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable to sipping quality about it. Alcohol warmth wants to show some pizzazz but maintains a good background. Slyly smooth on my tongue.
Overall, really nice English styled strong ale perfect for this time of the year, of course I would have this again. williamstome (2059) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Deep reddish-brown pour, medium off-white head.
Sweet malty aroma with chocolate notes.
Sweet flavor of toffee, fruit, double chocolate, and coffee.
Medium body. sonnycheeba (6694) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours hazy brown with thin, fizzy head. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, toffee, floral hops, light woody notes, and some fig. Flavor is dry, bready malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral and earthy hops, and light woody notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. snoworsummer (6388) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Tastes like bitter coffee, hops, toffee. Medium brown. Medium body and medium carbonation. PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2013
12oz into a pint. Pours a mellow plum and medium brown, a concoxing mix at that. Head is flat, taste is granola chewy, dark fruits, and malty rasins. A thumbs up to this winter, as it passes the grade of just that, a winter. But exceding that factor is not an factor here. Bland spices of winter and of passover, this one omits a typical experience in a winter brew. Good, but not great. Still worthwhile.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2012
Aroma of currants and chocolate malt. Soupy light brown appearance. It has the overall character of an English old ale, but is more bitter than most examples. Chalky, rough consistency that reveals the malt backbone of the beer. A solid entry. rjplumer (1265) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Faint malty fruit aroma.Deep clear ruby color.Foamy one and half finger head with a tinge of red. Dark fruit and spice aroma. Smooth malty dry taste.Mild woodsy feel. Has an almost chalky feel. Tastes darker than it looks if that makes sense to anyone.Leaves lots of lacing on glass. Leaves a dry sourness on your tongue. Good but not great. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
12oz Bottle, purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits - Somerville, MA. A warm, settled, strongly nutty aroma with a relaxed perfume of hazlenuts and gentle caramelization. This is a cozy beer, but it has some rough edges. There’s a harsh bitter edge mid-palate, that’s surprising and jarring. The brown flavors have a little too much of that proto-umami soy sauce burn to them. Otherwise, this sailor appreciates a little warmth and beefiness after a long day of wind and waves. BroSpud (2303) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a light tan head. Decent malt taste with a nice balance of hops. No crazy spices like many other so called winter ales. Very drinkable though somewhat boring overall. bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Hazy brown with off white head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, yeast, apple. Flavors of molasses, raisin, roasted nuts, and lemon peel. Medium-thin body with creamy mouthfeel and moderate, soft carbonation.