herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Dark burgandy color, red hues. Very rich looking but thin head. Very strong, good flavor but too hard to get over the strong alcoholic taste. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin off-white head. Very complex caramel malty aroma with plenty of western hop presence. Body starts thick and caramely sweet with some fresh bittering hops and puckering oak tart-like finish. Good complexity and balance throughout. A very nice English strong ale. 5000 (6900) - 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 (3665) - 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 (4925) - 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.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with acertain - Thanks Andrew! - Pours brown with a large creamy head. Aroma is very malty, caramel, yeast, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is very rich, caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses and some toffee, and vanilla. Full body with a very creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is covered completely and this is a very smooth drinker. Quite tasty and enjoyable. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
mahogony color w/ a huge full tan small bubbled head. Smells of plums, butter, some hot spices (i think from the hop) and a bit of toffee. Even palate nicely coated lightly creamy. Flavor has some light notes of buttered rum and molasses, quite sweet, but does finish w/ a touch of dry sprucy/piney finish. Quite good. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2009
2001 Vintage. The aroma is of strong floral hops even after 8 years, chocolate, roast, a touch of oxidation, and I was gonna say brown sugar, but molasses is pretty much what it was. Pours a nice shade of reddish brown with a thin bubbly head that stuch around for a little while. The flavor is hoppy, and pretty bitter initially. This bitterness lingers and is followed by chocolate, roast, molasses, and then more dry hop flavors in the finish. This aged extremely well, as there was only minor oxidation that flattened out some of the flavors a bit, but it worked. There was still nice carbonation and lots of hops. This was really enjoyable all things considered. ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy amber brown color. Nose of meaty dark fruits. Taste is caramel and toffee. Pretty good. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
(12oz. bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a deep amber body with no head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and old books. Flavor of caramel malt, toffee, cherry, rum, and raisins.