Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 5, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-18-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heavies of a big sweet vanilla and chocolate smell. Mixed with these are some roasted malt aromas with a good deal of nutty aromas mixed within. Overall it has a delicious sweet chocolate bar smell overall
Taste – The taste begins with a moderately strong roasted malt flavor with a sweetness of caramel and a light vanilla mixed in. As the flavor advances, some chocolate begins coming to the tongue. It starts out of a sweeter milk chocolate flavor with it transitioning to a more semi-sweet flavor later on. A nutty flavor starts developing more in the middle of the taste, starting out of a lightly roasted almond flavor and becoming slightly more bitter and potent as the flavor moves to the end. With the advent of the chocolate and the nut that comes into the taste and takes it to its end, one is left with a still rather sweet, but nicely balanced chocolate and nutty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. A little thicker of a body and lower carbonation level may have suited the brew slightly better, but overall it was rather decent.
Overall – A pretty easy drinking nut-brown ale with a good deal of a chocolate presence. Rather tasty overall. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Had at the source, received in a pint glass.
3.5 A: It’s dark in here, but I think it’s a clear light brown color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Average retention and a few wisps of lacing are left.
4.0 S: An almost musty sweet nuttiness. Sweet brown sugar with plenty of toastiness and maple syrup.
3.75 T: All of the above flavors but in different proportions. Less sweet than the nose with reasonable complexity.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Bity carbonation with moderate creaminess.
3.75 D: I’m a sucker for brown ales and the maple syrup thing does a good job drawing me in.
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DavoleBomb, Dec 21, 2015 BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from trade side by side with other Penn stuff. Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy white head. Sweet cinnamon candy aroma, a bit of toffee and caramel. Flavor is a bit of cinnamon on top of what seems to be that cream cheese icing flavor that I didn’t expect. A bit of nuttiness in there as well. Medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation. This is a neat beer and seems like it would be good for the holiday times. Just like it is described. 60minuteman (1715) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Dark brown pour, some suds. Spice, tree, caramel, molasses, burnt malt. Flavor is the same. A good Christmas blend without being too in your face malty like so many are. A bit minty/herbal in the finish. Nutty too. BeerdedDave (1707) - Beckley, USA - JAN 20, 2015
reddish-brown color; spicy aroma - cinnamon and gingerbread; spicy, malty flavor with notes of cinnamon, caramel, mollasses, and gingerbread; dry, spicy, semi-bitter finish
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Deep reddish brown with a nice hoppy/spiced aroma. A very enjoyable winter seasonal ale. kassner (1663) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
bottle and very unusual. Can’t get the memory of my uncle and his pipe out of my head, pungent seet odor and bitter tatste, but I can’t say drinking the pipe was the same. jsmerig (1590) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours dark brown with virtually no head. Aroma almost of cola. Interesting. Taste is cola sweet with a slow building bitterness that doesn't offset the sweet but exists with it. Not refined, a bit too sweet. No entirely unpleasant.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bth122 (1567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Draft. Hidden valley. Medium head. Brown color. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnimon, more nutmeg, and nutroll. Medium light sweetness. Medium light body. Easy to drink. Nice mix of spice. can8ianben (1545) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Woah, I can’t say I’ve ever had anything quite like this. Raisin, malt, Christmas spices. The taster is served with cinnamon sugar on the rim which really accents the whole deal. A stretch to call this setup beer - more like a cinnamon roll cocktail.