GTAEgeek (2468) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2017 odannyob (156) - Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 Well, I had a cold when I 1st rated this so it wasn’t fair trying to rate the aroma ’cause I couldn’t smell the ale but through my taste buds. HOWEVER, no cold this test taste; still a thick copper color; still with pin-head sized bubbles; a neat scrim of a thin, tannish head and highly drinkable and-overall, still, a good, flavorful "winter" warmer to share through the holidays.
Sample at Veteran's. Pours a clear, dark brown color, with a small, tan head. Smells of coffee, caramel, oak, and earth. Sweet and malty, with a light, easy bitterness. Medium body, with a grainy mouthfeel. Pretty solid, malty beer. balloonbuffoon (667) - - DEC 2, 2017
12floz bottle, BBD: 05.14.2018, $1.75 unit cost, pint glass. Appears a darker hue of amber and head is the color of beige. A well malted ale in the nose and palate. Notes of toffee, raisin, and tobacco present. Full bodied as it heavily coats my mouth. This isn't a spiced winter warmer, and I like it as a main go to option for that sensibility without being superfluous. zoucrew102 (2164) - - NOV 25, 2017
Bottle. Caramel malt aroma with notes of toasted malt, dark fruit and earthy hops. Pours dark amber colored with a thin tan head that has good retention and some lacing. Starts with caramel and toasted malt flavors with some dark fruit. Finishes dry and smooth with more roasted malt flavors as well as some earthy hop flavors. Decent winter Ale, but feels like it was missing something. hauxe (969) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2017
On tap at Pinthouse Pizza. Brown with a sticky white head. Caramel and cherry notes in the aroma. Light hints of rum. Taste is sweet on a strong caramel base. Dry. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Good. NachlamSie (3582) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2017
6 pack from Logan Liquor. This is a beautiful, very deep red and extremely clear. Aroma is malty and fruity with notes of toffee, musty basement, berries, tree bark, and nuts. The palate is pretty full with an appropriate sweetness. Malts provide most of the flavor on this one. There are hints at toffee and chicory with far off dark fruits, maybe raisins. Musty, earthy undertones round things out. It's a little metallic at first impression, but that fades towards the end of the glass. Odell has nailed this style. This year's vintage comes in at 6.1%.
Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Dec 2006 dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Poured from 12oz bottle(best by 04072007) a deep amber with a large head of foam that subsides slowly leaving a solid fine layer with plenty of lacing.
The smell is one the faint side but I note some sweet malt and some fruitiness.
The taste is quite malty. I can taste some sweet caramel and fresh baked bread up front with just a touch of lemon bitterness from the hops and an even smaller hint of spice in the finsh making for a dry aftertaste.
After a few more sips and as the ale gets closer to room temp, the spice does grow more prominent but it doesn't take over the flavour as I've noticed in other samples of the style. Good stuff!
Bottom line: This is an example of the style that may not be as complex as others but it's a darn good, smooth drinker that is worthy of your patronage. I recommend it.
Refreshingly straightforward. Caramel malt with nutty, toasty grain and a lightly bitter finish. john44 (3429) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle. Amber in colour. Malty; caramel, toasty malts. Fruity; soft fruits, raisins. Hoppy; floral and spicy hops. Malty sweetness balanced against average bitterness. Dry malty fruity finish. Easy-drinking. (2011-04-10) Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2016
12oz bottle pours copper with frothy off white head plenty of lacing with a malty floral scent, taste is hop with some seasonal spice, laid back brew. Bif (2366) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2016
On tap. Pours a mahogany color with a foamy head and good lacing. Aroma of malt sweetness, with nut and hint of grain. taste of roasted malt, caramel with trace of nuts. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body smooth with a slight warming feel. Nice seasonal offering.