Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Pours a deep orange/ruby/amber. Light tannish head. Sweet, malty, spice nose. Sweet, plummy, spice, vanilla, dusty, light caramel, ripe fruit, chocolate, cinnamon, yeast, bretty, funky, bitter, herbal finish. Medium bodied, very well rounded, not overly spiced, very drinkable. I wish this was available all year. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Subtle, roasted malt aroma. Very nice dark amber in color with not much visible carbonation. Light tan color with a very small head. Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Rich, caramel, sweet. Improves as it warms. TAR (2777) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2005
(BB 4/06) Clear russet. Foamy mixture of large & small bubbles with islands of dense cream. Aromatic caramelized malt husk notes with tropical fruit esters, musty yeast, and fresh hop hints. Softly fuzzy, but full in body. Onset of dry, leathery roast grabs foothold amid distant pale malt notions, which soften the underlying mineral astringency. Firmly acidic, but softly irony, at the same time. Dainty, but staggeringly complex, fusion of grainy malt, iron, and musty yeast dryness collide with softer notes of acidic apple must, nuts, and buttery yeast. Pervasively juicy malt notes resurge with a thunderous roar of toffee-glazed cake and a briefly husky Munich center. Dryish finish tightens the date and caramelized malt sweetness, before completely washing the sweetness away, leaving only a trace of floral hop spice in its wake. Gracefully rustic. HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Rich aroma of dried fruits, rum, and soy sauce. Creamy on the tongue with a lasting flaovr of fruit syrup reduction, roasted malt, and marmite. Yeasty bite with just a touch of resiny hops. Pretty tasty, but the taste buds get quickly overwhelmed to the point that the beer becomes a little one dimensional. fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
This offering pours a dark maroon leaving a thin tan head that leaves very quickly. The aroma is bready, tart unripened fruit, strawberries, cherries, sour dough bread, and a musty dank aroma. The taste is tart upfront, sour cherries, strawberries, lemon, leaving a syrupy mouthfeel that coats the palate. The hops are brisk but not astringent, malty fruitness really finishes this beer off but is balanced by a tart fruitness that really makes this beer great. Overall this is a nice beer, I haven’t had it in a few years but glad I went back to it for this Christmas.
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Got this 750 ml bottle for $6.50. Dated best before 20-3-09, tasted yesterday. Pours a deep slightly hazy amber, with creamy off-white head. Very rough and earthy.. lemon zest, hay, pear, leather, caramel malt, dirt, nuts, and light sweetness. I love the rough flavors and complexity, one of the better farmhouse style beers I have had. Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2003
Toffee-amber colour. Cinnamon and toffee aroma, with more of the same in the mouth, mild malty sweetness with complex cinnamon, nutmeg spice after taste. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Not a bad Biere de Garde. Spicy, Toffee, and lots of malty flavors. Creamy, clean, and crisp finish. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Yeasty and cakey in the flavor. Chewy, and altogether quite well-balanced and enjoyable. Not too sweet at all, which is refreshing. A nice mild dryness to it. Strong yeasty aroma with the essence of Xmas candy. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 4, 2005
Deep amber brown with a thick tan head. Mettallic roasted malt with some molasses and woodiness. Rich in the mouth with a sweetness that creeps across the tongue. Molassses, burnt carmel, some fruit and eathy marzipan. Not bad winter treat.