Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Allaboutstout. Pours mahogany with a nice tan head. Smells of roses, soap, some spice, tea, touches of citrus. Tastes of chocolate up front with some nice spicy touches. Some earthy qualities are also present. Mouthfeel is full. Finish yields some raisins and elements of bitterness. Lots of depth in this one. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 From a telve ounce bottle purchased at the Western Hills Kroger in Cincinnati, Ohio - This one pours a dark reddish-brown liquid with a sweet, fruit-like malt aroma and a small, finely-bubbled light beige head of foam. Tastewise, this beer has a definite spice-sweet interplay going on with a tinge of hops sharpness at the finish. It’s another winner from the folks at the Lion Brewery! RileyOBaba (33) - , Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2008
a great tasting winter ale from a brewery that makes almost exclusively german style beers.......bigtaste but amber colored rather than deep red like most winter ales......a gem bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Murky dark orange with thin off-white head.
Aroma: Strange fruitiness that is almost Belgian (but I like it). Also, notes of citrus, spices and caramel.
Taste: Fairly sweet and fruity, with caramel, plum and figs. Tastes somewhat like overripe fruits. Finish is slightly bitter, with citrus, pine and some spiciness.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Finish is somewhat dry but also a little strange.
Overall: This is a little bit of an odd one, as it doesn’t seem to be a typical English Strong Ale. A little overripe and Belgian-like, but I like it quite a bit overall.
alexsdad06 (11571) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep amber color with an average size creamy white head. The aroma is moderately sweet malt, caramel, fruits and nuts. The flavor opens with moderately sweet caramel malt and dark fruits. Later, it almost has a spicy bread quality. An attempt at hoppy bitterness tries to come through in the finish, but is not enough. Overall, this is fairly well done and I am encouraged by the new beers Moerlein has started to offer in recent months.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
bottle. Pours deep amber color with a decent off white head. Aroma is malty with a hint of spice. Very good balanced flavor of sweetness and spice for a great winter ale. Another solid beer from Christian Moerlein. Lowe1983 (1674) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours an brownish-amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of fruits, citrus hops, slight chocolate, caramel malts, and spices. Flavor is of very much the same with plenty of spices and fruits. Slight bitterness on the finish with a little bit of a lingering flavor. Pretty good beer. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Courtesy of Alexsdad06, thanks Brad. 12 oz bottle. Poures dark amber color with a medium creamy egg shell color head. Nose is soft but vinous. Fruits, malty and some spice. Initial taste begins with a tingling carbonation displaying red fruits, chocolate, sweet malts. Mid palate brings some spices before tangling up with vinous notes. Finishing with bitter hops smacking the palate and light chocolate. Mild dry finish but with a good palate duration. Medium body. Good head retention and some lacing of the glass. Not complex, but interesting.