mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2001
What a great winter ale! Deep crystal clear garnet color. Almost looks like a bordeaux when held up to the light. Lots of dark roasted malt and spicy hops in the nose. Moderate body and smooth texture. Pleasant balance of sweetness and the hop bitterness on the palate and in the finish. Very well done! ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
Almost like it cahanges flavor over the taste, from fruitty to barley, to malty, to spicy. Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - JAN 22, 2002
Dark amber colored beer with a white head. Malty aroma. Sweet maltiness up front with a bitter finish. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2001
Bitterness dominates at first, although closer look reveals sweet malt and creaminess. Bitter aftertaste complemented by chocolate malt and fruit. Irritating label. Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Big malt/hop aroma. Thick rocky head, dark ruby color. Slightly hop dominated flavor but with great fullness and a subtle ginger spiciness. Dry malt finish.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUN 3, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 This stuff was great! Chocolate, fruit... man, there is a lot going on here. pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2001
Thick rich and malty. Quite hoppy with fruity and spicy finish. Good stuff. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2002
Clear ruby/copper with a very thin edge head. Light carbonation. Fruity aroma (cherries) with some caramel malt and earthy hops. Medium body, fruity, spicy and lightly sticky. Tremendous English Old Ale qualities, although weaker. Lightly bitter and mildly sweet. Not an intense amount of flavor, but solid (a la Young’s Winter Warmer). Finishes slick, juicy and dry. Thank You Gusler. aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
2001 bottling. Beautiful mahogany colored beer that pours with a respectable beige head. The head fades quickly and leaves a slight lace on the glass. The aroma of this beer is superb. Caramel and a hint of spiciness, yet very refreshing and crisp. The aroma makes you feel a need to drink this beer. The first sip is packed with roasted nut and malt flavors. It has a very full mouthfeel that wraps your tongue in sweetness. Then, when you decide to finally swallow, the hops express a touch of bitterness and clean the palate. A hint of nutty sweetness slips in on the aftertaste, but it is very subtle. Subsequent sips present the same sweetness, with the hops being a little more noticable. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Rich and malty, with a good hop presence and balance. Definitely British tasting. Warming and complex with dark fruit flavors and aroma, coupled with earthy and herbal hop flavors. Quite enjoyable as a winter ale.