Bill Becker (1343) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017 KegOstertag (92) - - NOV 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank at boombozz from 12 oz bottle into pint. Aroma- strong malt and bourbon scents. Appearance- dark auburn with light head and carbonation. Taste- nutty chocolate taste. Almost like nutella in a glass. Some hints of bourbon but lighter taste than the aroma. Palate- wood burning aftertaste. Lots of spice. Overall- good winter beer. Would rate a 3.2 in fairness
From Dec 2006
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. dfinney23 (3395) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Refreshingly straightforward. Caramel malt with nutty, toasty grain and a lightly bitter finish. john44 (3331) - 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 (874) - 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 (2309) - 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.
ozzy70 (1264) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 16, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark copper, foamy tan head. Aroma was sweet malts, caramel, wood. Tate was mild sweet, caramel malts, dust. Nice. AleJones (22) - Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Poured into a standard pint glass from the can. Smells of carrot cake and cream cheese icing. Malt forward, slight floral hop toward the end. Clean finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone wlajwl (7010) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Aroma is malts and Christmas spices/mild peppermint. The flavor is malts, Christmas spices, mild fruit and a warming finish. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a cloudy amber color with some sediment and a creamy tan head with good retention. Its aroma featured a blend of caramel and barley malt along with some lighter grainy and grassy hops. The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a bit of coffee, along with some modest bitter and sour grainy tones. It was a fairly wet and watery beer with a lighter mouthfeel and lower carbonation. Westchesterco (2142) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2016
From a 12 oz bottle it is an clear orange Amber color with a slight head. The aroma is malty and some subtle fruitiness the taste is a strong bitter malty flavor that lingers bitter on the palate.