nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12oz bottle via trade. Pours a clear deep orangish-amber color with a lasting two-finger yellowish head and very good lacing. The aroma is heavy on the caramel, with a little toastiness and earth to back it up. Decent. The flavor is also caramel-heavy, maybe a little Munich malt, with toast, biscuit, and some considerable hop bitterness. Slight spiced note to it. Medium-full bodied with a pretty average mouthfeel and carbonation level. Overall, a pretty good beer but nothing I find too appealing. harrisoni (19553) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle from the Bottle Shop Goods Shed Canterbury. Some hop but mostly malt on aroma. Like warm thick malt. Very similar in mouth with the malts almost having a mild ginger biscuit taste to it. Tasty enough malty winter beer. Rich clear orange amber colour. VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Pours a bright amber with some clarity, though not brilliant with a wispy fizzy head that leaves some adequate lacing. Aroma is tough to discern at first, it could be that it needs to warm up for me to get anything out of it. I’m getting faint hints of gingerbread followed by maybe some cinnamon. Like I said though, it’s hard to find here. Nicely carbonated with a spicy cinnamon finish. Moderate toffee malt sweetness up front, with a bit of alcohol ester warmth in the finish. Reminds me a little bit of an ESB hopped up with spice in the finish. Definitely has that Christmas / Winter Warmer thing going on. ketchepillar (1208) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 6, 2010
On tap at Anodyne. Solid beer. Well balanced, but kinda bland. Moderately bitter. A little bit of hop flavor. Kinda like an ESB with a more American yeast profile. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2015 Re-rate. On tap at Trailhead Fort Collins. Burnt orange, clear appearance with a lasting frothy tan head. Aroma has biscuit, caramel, bread, and grass. Not overly assertive aroma. Moderately high bitterness. Moderate low sweetness. English ale yeast apparent in the flavor along with biscuit and minerals. A touch boozy. Some leaf / herbal hoppy notes. Not all that malty. I drink a few of these each year but it’s awfully boring and forgettable.
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
12 oz bottle: Pours a dark amber with a nice head and good lacing. Aroma is malty with a nice sprucy hop smell in the background. Taste is malty with some spicy hues bringing out the winter flavors. Fizzy on the front and balanced and smooth on the finish. BelgianBeerGal (4255) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Draught at KC F.S. Honestly was not impressed overall. Seemed very simple with sweeter malt and no real detectable spice for me. Just seemed kinda basic. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2010
12oz bottle. Pour is deep amber and almost brown in color. Slight caramel and and dust. Flavor is slight dark fruits, caramel, and more dust. It tastes much better than the aroma. Loads of lacing in the glass. Not really as enjoyable as i’d hoped. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2010
amber pour with a thick head.
aroma is malty, slightly woody, some cherry like light fruitiness.
Nice full bodied roasted malt flavour. Some nuttiness, some woody hop. Caramel in there, light fruit and a hint of peatiness. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours an oaky amber color with light foam. Slightly spicy malts leading towards an okay winter ale.