probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Sampled at Central New York Brewfest, Syracuse NY. 06FE10.swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2010
App.: Clear deep amber with an off-white rim.
Aroma: Quite nutty, earthy and fruity, light dried fruits (apricots, sultanas, etc.), woodsy caramel and toffee, some soapy, earthy hops.
Palate: Medium-ish body, lively carbonation.
Flav.: The dried fruits and darker, some esters, nutty, brown sugar, sweet malts, slightly piney hops, a little soapy; off-dry with moderate bitterness.
Decent, but not rich enough. An upper-middle class Wizard.
Draft, light chestnut colored pour. sweet caramel malt aroma, rich malty presence. Taste has that ringwood yeast aspect, buttery, hints of nutmeg, light dark fruit. Decent mouthfeel. Decnt AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2010
12oz - Toffee color, two fingers of light tan head, small bubbles, nice lace and clear appearance. Woody, bock nose. Malt and a vague cabbage, good in combination. Good not great riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Nose is toasty and bready. Light sweetness, but mostly bread grain really. Pours hazy orange brown with a short lived head. Toasty bready flavors in a mold almost exactly like the nose. Light sweetness in the finish. Somewhat dry, a dash of bitterness also. Not bad, but probably the most uninteresting beer I have had in a while. McGarnigle (654) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
From bottle. Slightly hazy caramel/toffee color, and those notes come through on the tongue. Euro-hops and spice (cinnamon and nutmeg included). Not too sweet. Decent body. I wouldn’t have thought it’s nearly 7% ABV. I’m not a big fan of spiced ales, which works against this one.
KyotoLefty (10604) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
Medium brown with a slight amber tint. Medium tan, fine head. Amber malt aroma with caramel, chocolate, raisins. Very sweet and biscuity, with caramel and cookies. Warm, medium to full bodied. Finish of sweet malt, then alcohol and hops. Turns bitter in the end, and lasts a while. A pretty enjoyable brew.
Tanker12 (173) - USA - MAR 23, 2009
Malty Aroma from the bottle. Taste is mild with some spices and it ends with a watery finish. Would not drink this is if was not in the mix pack Ron (4107) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle. Orange/amber color with nice head retention and lacing. Citrus and apricot aromas to go with some malt. Starts off sweet and malty before you get the alcohol kick. Enjoyable winter brew. jredmond (8518) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours an amber body. Aroma is malt and caramel. Taste is okay - some alcohol. jb (3345) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Interesting that its labeled English Strong. Oranges, toffee, Cinnamon aroma. Copper color with some off-white head + nice lacing pattern. English style palate, malty with some sort of English hop that is on the mild side. Nice, but not spectacular.