CanIHave4Beers (4241) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2007
This was my annual "Christmas Morning Beer" for 2007
Pours a beautiful deep amber with a big white billowy head that sticks around for almost the full pint, leaving lacing on the glass. Aroma is faint, slightly floral with some skunk in there.
The first drink caught me just slightly off guard, I didn’t expect anything super sweet at all, but I also didn’t expect anything this bitter. However once I got past that first sip the bitterness let way to a very pleasant hoppiness. I’m not sure what sorts of hops were used in this beer, but I’d like to see more beers in the U.S. that have a hop flavor like this one. There is a slight sweetness that gives way towards the end of the pint. I paid six bones for this pint, which I thought was a bit steep, never the less if it’s around next year I’m sure I’ll buy it again. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle. Aroma was grain and toast. Red body when held to light. Good off white head with some lacing and head retention. Flavor was old stale beer with bitter in the background and malted wet grain. Palatable because I drank it all. jercraigs (11095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle @ Cole’s Christmas Tasting 2007. Mahogany brown body with a small beige head. Odd aroma, light fruit notes and tangy malt character. (6+) Similar fruit and malt in the flavour, light caramel notes. Average palate. Not unpleasant but fairly unremarkable. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2007
From a 500ml bottle--Explosive creamy off-white head that blew out of the bottle upon opening. Medium dark amber body. Nose of sticky caramel hops and malts. Very nice, but a little cardboard-ish. I think it may have not traveled as well as it could have. Nice dry, bitter finish. I would definitely drink again. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2007
(50cl bottle) Large tan head atop clear copper body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, raisin, toffee/caramel, some wood, spice, light orange. Taste is medium sweet, wood/earthy, some plum. Light-medium body, some acidity.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 15, 2007
cloudy brown with a small beige head and good lacing. sweet, fruity aroma with lots of toasty malts, caramel and hops. flavor is loaded with nuts, caramel, and toast with a moderate amount of bitter hops for balance and a bitter finish. medium bodied. Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown-red with whitish head. Roasted malt and quite bitter for a Christmas beer but a good ale never the less. Some citrus and caramel, dry finish. canary dog (784) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2007
I expected this beer to be much better. It did not have much flavor or complexity for a dark beer, and it had a slightly off-putting finish. Jonte (1496) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Bottle. Red/brown color with a pale beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and hops with notes of caramel, toffee, citrus and cocoa. Tastes of roasted malt, bitter hops, citrus fruits, toffee, light spiciness, butter and nuts. Roasted, bitter and dry finish. Nice winter ale. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Appearance: Pours a cear, deep ruby-hued body with a generously tall off-white head. Plenty of gooey lacing.
Smell: Candyish, sweet-smelling caramel aroma with lemon juice, a dash of bittering herbs, and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Taste: Delightful, sweet caramel flavor at the start. The sweetness diminishes as it warms. Just a hint of lemon zest along with a soft herbal bitterness. Hint of roast emerges in the drying, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not bad! A solid, sweetness-minded winter warmer.