jgb9348 (6279) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Deep brown coloured body with a hazy tan head. Aroma of light spice, roasted malt, coffee and some nuts. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong malty flavour with potent pit fruit sweetness from grapes and prunes on top of nutty characteristics. Aftertaste shows some of the alcohol, a bit of the carbonation and some of the sweetness. Overall, a pretty good beer, but nothing entirely special from a Winter from Europe. I sampled this 500 mL bottle purchased on sale for US$3.99 from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 03-May-2008, sampled on 26-May-2008 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle, Stockholm, Sweden. A dark brown beer with a full head. Hints of hazelnut and espresso cream in the fairly nice and expressive nose. Flavor shows some similarities, with sherry-like oxidation, and hints of coffee cream. A decent brew. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 500 ml bottle from Winooski Beverage in Winooski, VT (May 2008) sampled at cellar temperature from a Samuel Smiths pint glass. A rugged, persistent off-white big-bubbled head crowns this translucent dark bronze/maple beauty, leaving thick lacing as it quite slowly disappears....interesting and strange aroma of caramel, vanilla, herbal/piney notes and some odd sweaty characteristics, overall more odd than anything, not unpleasant but not necessarily inviting either....smooth, full and rich body, nice malt extraction, a bit of smokiness and graininess towards the finish, tastes just a bit over the hill which wouldn’t be surprising really, hops are quite muted and dry, some piney/resinous notes show up with a bit of warmth....carbonation rather low and natural. Solid; I wish I could find an ESB or ESA this good available where I am for less than the $6 this sucker cost. Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2008
Doesn’t look like much, laggerish light after initial foam.Somewhat cheesy aroma. The taste is somehwhat hoppy and refreshing. A natural casklike carbonation. Bit of light lemonlime aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
Dark brown with an ecru head. Brown sugar, pecans, caramel aroma. Nutty caramel palate rounded out by vague dark fruit character. A little beguiling, but very good.
Strykzone (7363) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Medium brown slightly cloudy body with a nice one finger active tan head. Musty malt and hop aroma with caramel and dark fruit. Quite nice. Flavor is bitter dry hop with the malt taking a secondary role. There is a bit of anise as well. mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - APR 28, 2008
a abundantly carbonated brew with chesnut hued appearance that is topped with a fluffy beige head. the aroma is fruity with hint of caramel and spice. sweet flavor with bitter finish, not sure what’s english about it but it is decent. KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2008
Dark brown, fine sourness, nutty, very dry finish. Dark malt, grain, real wintery stuff, but it’s not too strong for having a few, either. This would be great with sopups and stews, maybe a bottle in the stew as well? baggio (337) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2008
500ml bottle. Dark brown/red with a nice creamy lace. Smells of licorice, herbs, cocca. Taste of coffee, citric notes, bread, nuts and metal. Quite refreshing and a nice kick of hops at the end. pxii (12) - Stånga, Gotland, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2008
500 ml Bottle.
Dark brown color with a thick head. Malty smooth taste, almost sweet taste with fruity aroma. It has a great carry that makes you feel the taste for quite a while. Spring or Autumn warmer would suit it better then Winter warmer. =)