Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle..Pour is amber with a tan head..Nose is cherries, peach, dark fruit, spice, nougat...Taste is spice, peaches, vanilla, spice, more cherries, and cake.. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle: 2012. Thanks, Tammy. Rich, dark chestnut color with not much head, almost a completely bare top after a few moments. Aroma of fruity, jelly candy & light fruit cake. Lightly tart & modestly sweet raspberry notes with some other berry aromas, toasted nuttiness, & Skittles! No, seriously, lots of fruity candy. The taste is fruit cake. Seriously, bready & light toast, some raspberry, cherry, faint raisin, some caramel, light honey, toasted pecans, mild woodsy notes.... This is seriously like a Christmas dessert. Golden California raisin & toasted cakey finish. Sweet, desserty, & lathered in mild berry syrup. This is unique, & it’s pretty tasty. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2014
2012 VintageBeerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Tasted on 4/1/14 from a capped 12oz bottle sent as an extra in a trade. Pours almost completely opaque dark ruby with a thin beige head that quickly disappears. The nose is really dominated by sweet dried fruit, raisin, with plenty of toffee and caramel. The flavor is cola sweet with the same dried fruit, a combination of dark date and raisin, with red cherry and berry, with the same caramel on the back. The body is full with above average, fizzy carbonation and a long caramel and dried fruit finish.
This one poured a murky brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruits, and spices, similar to a fruitcake. Flavor was more of the fruity side, very sweet, a lot like medicinal cherry cough syrup. Not too good. superspak (6492) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2013
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 winter Solstice bottling. Pours hazy deep ruby brown color with a small foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raspberry, cherry, cranberry, raisin, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, spice cake, brown sugar, and licorice. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruit notes with malt and moderate spices. Taste of raspberry, raisin, cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, spice cake, brown sugar, clove, and licorice. Lingering notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, spice cake, cinnamon, nutmeg, and licorice on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruit flavors with big malt sweetness and moderate spices; no cloying sweetness after the finish surprisingly. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique winter warmer style. Big robustness and nice balance of fruity, malt, and spice flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
BeerandBlues2 (14517) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle received via trade with FlandersNed. Pours clear tawny with a small, bubbly off-white head, short retention with spare to no lacing. Aroma is raspberry dominant with fig and raisins with nuts and toast malt. Flavor is lightly tart dried fruits, toast and nutty malt with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very heavy on the cherries. The flavor is similar with a few additions. There is still a good bit of cherry character, but I also get some nice maple, oak and vanilla notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2013
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherry, bread, and vanilla frosting. Flavor of cherry, vanilla, raisins, nougat, raisins, and toffee. blutt59 (6646) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
bottle, thanks to mikem, dark amber color with white foam, aroma and flavor of cherries and some pie crust , very fruit filling like thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
(12oz bottle thanks to blutt59) clear rich copper, soapy white bubbles. Nose of cherry, urinal cakes, sweet fruit, one dimensional. Taste of cherry cough drops, medicinal, dark wheat, raisin, pumpernickel bread.