schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Carmelly tangy flavors and dark amber in color. Sweet tasting with some candy flavors. Hops are present but the malt and yeast provides the largest portion of the flavor profile. Very nice. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Dark reddish brown appearance. Fruity red wine aroma with coffee tones. Dryish coffee flavor turning fruity, sherryish half way through. Plenty of sweet cranberry and strawberry. Balances well in the aftertaste with the fruitiness and roasted malt lingering. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Tap at Brouwer’s cafe: Very cloudy deep amber/red color with small creamy light tan head. Aroma is interesting, a bit of diacetyl mingled with roasted caramel, honey, cherry syrup, a rye-like spiceyness, a bit of vanilla, and a certain roundness that I can’t quite seem to identify. Flavor is soft, round vinous, lots of caramel, honey malt, hints of cherry, vanilla, dates, red grapes, and a subtle oakyness. Finish is smooth, rather sweet, with a dry spiceyness that is either from the choice of hops or from rye. A rather unique brew
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Piney and fruity hops wast toward me. Sweet and spicy aroma. Deep rich and warming. Great smooth dark malt flavor, not a touch of astringency. Very well-balanced, good hop flavor without being overpowering. Could use just a touch more carbonation. I'm not sensitive to low carbonation, and even I think it needs more. Reccomended. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Pours a deep amber/brown hue witha minimal slight off-white head. Aromas of aged hops, honey, flowers, caramel and a little oatmeal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. Flavors of chocolate, (yes, chocolate!), caramel and dust. mmmmm....
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Slightly hazy rubied dark amber with thin but fairly dense and creamy grayish head. Light lace. Earthy, leathery and leafy hoppy piney nose. Medium and very smooth body with soft carb. This is definitely squarely on the bitter side of the street for an ESA. Earth, leaves, leather, light pine and fair resin shine through the mid-palate. Mild, slightly toasty finish. Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2004
citrus hop and slight chocolate aroma, cloudy ruby hue, sticky and hoppy with hints of spruce 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Bottle pours reddish amber, fairly dark, off-white dishwater like head, virtually no carbonation, with sparce lacing.   Aroma is quite interesting, woody, minor chocolate, molasses, and maybe light alcohol on the nose.   Forwardly piney, hoppy, slightly nutty, with subtle hints of cocoa, molasses, and peanut brittle.   While the flavor is quite interesting, the mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side.   Otherwise, good combination of malts and hop bitterness, with a nice warming feeling.   A fairly good winter warmer. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle, from Bottleworks. Good nose. Malty.Chocolate, Root beer,caramel, honey, piney. some spice.. Hazy orange brown color. Small head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Same as aroma with a little burnt grapefruit.Thin body., creamy mouthfeel. Dry burnt finish. Very tasty. Not xmasy at all. Wish I had bought more than one. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
Thick syrupy aroma with spice notes. Red brown liquid with a wisp of foam. Flavour is hops, light alcohol and malt. Very nice. Like a lighter Barley Wine, light on spice but very drinkable.