shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pours a nice amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, fruity, slightly spicy, and some aged hops. Flavor is caramel, spice, fruity, and a light bitter peppery finish. yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. Twist-off cap - ugh! Light hop aroma. Very malty flavor and medium full mouthfeel makes for a slow drinker. Flavor has enough going on to keep your interest, but certainly no world class brew. Decent abv for what it is. Has a gently building bitterness at the end. A faint sweetness hanging in the background. A bit of caramel and toffee with lightly crisp and spicy hops. If I were paying full price I wouldn’t be overly excited, but half-price at Total Wine turns this stuff into a decent every day drinker and I’m happy. Bought a case. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours a crystal clear copper amber with a small off white head. Smells very sweet, carmale and dak fruit come to mind, with some molasses and toffee as well. The mouthfeel was a little dull, although I know its supposed to be an old ale, just seemed dead to me. Mostly just had a heavy malt and molasses taste, that was sticky and sweet. Not really much complexity, and could probably only take a bottle of it. hopscotch (11525) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle… Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. There’s not a whole lot going on, aroma-wise, as I can barely pull anything up from the glass – maybe a bit of caramel, toffee, plum and date. Light to medium-bodied with barbed carbonation. Decently balanced; leans ever so slightly on the sweet side. Finishes crisp and mildly sweet. Bottle courtesy of mgumby10! unclemike (3217) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
bottle malty nose with caramel and toasted nut Pours dark amber color with a medium creamy egg shell color head. This beer really didnt have a specific taste overall a good drinking beer. This beer was from my hometown
blipp (10183) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Draft. Pours red amber with a thin head. Malty aroma with some background spices. The flavor malty, almost like rye malty but not quite, with spices. Decent. whartonbrewer (39) - San Franciso, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
A great beer that was a pleasure to drink. Well balanced with a soft, gentle quality. One of those great beers that marries malts and hops in one perfect glass. WeeHeavySD (3408) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2009
12oz, bonus via trade with someone a little while back. Pours orange and tan ring. Nose is sweet and syrupy. Taste is sweet and just ok, a bit soapy. Felsenbrau (53) - Middletown, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2009
12 oz bottle. Sampled 2/02/2009. Pours mostly clear brownish copper colour with vanishing head but enduring lacing. Smell of soap, alcohol, spices, (roses?). Taste of dark chocolate, straw, soap, enduring bitter finish. Moderately thick mouthfeel. Not my faviorite "winter ale", but would probably buy again. Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2008
12 oz bottle
**Summary** - Every time I make a trip to Cincinnati I pick up a few singles of Moerleins. They make some decent beers but nothing I would pick up a sixer of. This one was as I expected - solid but not spectacular and worth the $1.50 I paid.
**Aroma / Appearance** - A thin layer of whitish head floated to the top. Below was a copper brown body with lots of carbonation. Nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, and a handful of other spices melded into a sharp and mildly sweet nose. The total package was a bit like graham crackers with honey drizzled on top.
**Flavor / Palate** - Somewhat on the thin side it was very drinkable. Borderline sessionable I could imagine drinking a few of these in a night if it were not for the sweetness. Graham crackers, honey, ginger snaps and nutmeg trade off appearances before a dry bready finish. It is nothing special in the grand scheme of things but a nice change at this time of year.