RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A full-bodied, brown ale with a rich chocolate taste created from roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Topped with Czech Saaz hops to give it a spicy flavor and aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Some cin., clove in the nose. Rich lagery malt. Some chocolate. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1066) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Part of the BIF X-Mas package from shippos, this beer poured out reddish brown with a cloud of suspended yeast particles in suspension. The head was about an inch thick, off white in color, and did not hang around for too long. The aroma was roasty malt with notes of coffee and chocolate. The taste was like a thinned out porter, sweet and roasty with toffee, chocolate, and a touch of weak coffee. Hops were quite low in bitterness and mostly lurking in the background. Despite the lack of complexity, the alcohol was quite well hidden, and the beer was much easier to drink than its strength suggested.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Chestnut brown pour with a thin, quickly diminshing head. Nutty nose with slight roastedness. Thin body, watery. Flavor has some roasted bitterness but really is one dimensional. Average at best

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
On tap. Poured a dark brownish/red with a small off white head. Lightly sweet. Subtle and light tastes and aromas. Malts and a little nutty. Creamy and smooth body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
2004 bottle. Cloudy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is a bit spicy and malty. Flavor is malty and nutty. An OK brown ale, but thats about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Drought: Smells spicy, hoppy, and a little sweet. Dark brown color. No head, no lacing. A few particles. Tasted of a spice (maybe cinnammon and corriander? Pumpkin?). Flavor was a bit weak. Also had some hop notes. Tingled on the tounge. Overall, ehh, nothing I will try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2004
brown color, kind of weak.. not really spicy or full of aroma for a winter beer. these people make good brews, but the only one that is that great that i have had is the ipa - that is some awesome brew. malty, not very hoppy, and kind of just bland - this one is for those that are more fond of weak beers and especially weak brown ales. maybe if 05 is a different style, ill try that. actually this reminds me of their downtown brown, just not as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Deep dark brown with a thick, dense head. Upon closer inspection I notice a lot of material held in suspension in the beer, definately not yeast, looks to be cocoa powder. Nice malty aroma with a slight hint of alcohol. Nice warming flavor, rather sweet, notes of toffee and cocoa, sharp noble hop aftertaste. Lingers nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle pours dark brown, large tannish frothy head, sticky lacing, with very light carbonation.   Nutty aroma, slight malt and grain.   Slight roasted malt on the tongue, slight oat or hay.   Semi-sweet too.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes clean, lingering roasted malts with a touch of nuts & oats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 12oz bottle: Pours a Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is nutty with notes of vanilla, malts and carmel. Tastes like it smells just with a little bit of chocolate in there and the carmel is in the after taste. A very good well balanced beer.

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