BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2016
22oz bottle pours out a brownish amber topped with a sand head. Nose is nutty wood notes spice roast malts and some earthy hops. Taste is more of the wood earthy notes a spice and plenty of the malty sweetness. DuffMan (10596) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle, shared with TylerDurden (who no longer frequents this site, the bastard). Pours a dark brown with some sedimentary particles at the end of the pour. Chunky tan head. Sweet brown sugar and raisins, sponge toffee. Astringently bitter finish, like biting into grape seeds. Medium bodied, very tasty. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light toasty aroma. Malt and grapefruit flavor with light pine and light spice. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light spice, malt, and light darker malts. 22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
If there was an ESSB style then this would be it. Stronger than a normal ESB and on the lower end of the strong ales, this is a great example of a gap-bridger. Nutty notes in the malt and adequate malt sweetness are balanced quite well by the smooth bittering. A few floral notes in the nose and a touch of fruitiness. A bit of diacetyl in the finish makes for an enjoyable sip. The medium body can fool you into thinking that this is a lighter alcohol ale. Soft carbonation gives impression of a fuller body. Not as hoppy as they describe, but enjoyable just the same. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On draught at Oswego Grill. Dark maltiness paired with a not too bitter hop presence.
Ernest (7786) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), with a light note of diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Pleasant if somewhat simple malty nose. Decent enough balance, maybe a little sharply bitter at the very end. Forgettable but reasonably solid. Arayaga2 (2218) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Cola appearance with barky cola notes in aroma and taste with burnt toffee into the finish. $4/22oz Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 5, 2014
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a nice looking dark hazy brown color with a thin capped white foamy head that clung for a good amount of the time.
The smell had a deep dark roasted brown ale - esque sort of roasted and possibly baked maltiness about it. The taste was mainly roasty and sweet with a rolling roastiness in the aftertaste and it leaves a slight dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. It seems carbonated appropriately.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good winter warmer leaning towards the darker side of the house. julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Poured from a 22. Aroma is a bit sweet but doesn’t have the typical winter ale smells. Taste is ever so slightly caramel in the front (rather unimpressive) and chewy bitter tree bark on the back. It definitely had an odd skunk to it. Overall it was fairly thin and watery not much depth but drinkable. mjg74 (3151) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Bomber from Trader Joes. Very dark prune in color. Nose is pretty much dark roasted maltiness, with a hint of breadiness. Flavor is roasted malts with a lot of roasted coffee. Finish is decently hopped.