thegreenrooster (4562) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2009
Pour is a cola looking brown with a small tan head. Aroma has some spice and brown sugar with a touch of dark fruit. Flavor is pretty much the same some dark fruit, candi sugar and molasses. A nice earthyness is left on the tounge after the swallow. This is by far one of the better if not the best beers this brewer makes. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Crystal clear copper with a thin tan head that recedes quickly into a thin layer. Aroma of toffee, caramel, a bit of dark fruits and roasted malt. Taste of dark fruit, toffee, bubblegum, mild roasted malt and light sugar and spice. Finishes up pretty clean, perhaps a touch dry, with some mild caramel. Better than I expected. Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle poured to glass. Licorice notes, dark in color, smells almost like a barley wine, from darker malts. Thin off white head. Smooth and dry on the palate with a strong malty backbone. Brilliant clear, deep ruby color. Not sure if spiced, very well balance. Thin malty rim of head remains but soft carbonation. dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear amber, brown color with an ever so small white head. Aroma was cereal, cinnamon, and vanilla. This beer is a lot better than the ratings suggest. Flavor was vanilla wafer, gingerbread , and cookie taste. It was like drinking a cinnamon cookie. I really enjoyed it. Not as good as a strong ale. Thin body for the style, but still a good drinking beer. dekester1 (370) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2010
On tap at Point Brewery. Served a dark brown with a nice lathery head & lace. Aroma of malts and clove and slightly sweet. Taste was of roasted malts with a slight hint of cloves and chocoates. Had a moderate of light hop finish. Overall, a rather nice winter brew from the Point people.
SamP01 (668) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a nice clear dark copper / amber with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some sweet spices and fruitiness. Taste is sweet caramel malt, some breadiness, sweet spices and some light hops. Palate is med to full body, nice carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, some breadiness and yeast, ending with a dry alcohol sweet vanilla bitternes and some nutty flavor. Overall a nice and drinkable holiday ale, BREWMUSKCLES (2744) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2010
a nice flavorful brew. sweet, and busy with clove, some coriander and banana flavors with a dash of white pepper and bubble gum. nice moderate palate that feels deep enough and a bit dark with the malt that is included for balance. refreshing, substantial and busy without the need for overkill. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Dark copper color with a smaller, tight, foamy, slightly creamy, off-white/light beige head. Sticks around a bit leaving a nice thin layer of lace.
S - A good amount of nutty malt. Some breadiness as well. Some candi sugar on the nose as well along with some brown sugar. Faint nose of herbal and spiced notes as well.
T - Similar to the nose with a lot of nutty and sweet grainy toasted malt. Some candi sugar and brown sugar as well. Quite sweet. Some spice and herbal flavors under the malt, especially at the end.
M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Slightly sticky feel.
D - Sweet but not cloying. Pretty easy to drink and goes down easy. Kind of beer that you casually drink through a couple in a night.
Notes: Pretty malty beer that is pretty sweet. Didn’t really amaze me, but just a simple drinking beer. vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Amber w/ off-white head. Pleasant aroma, pungent dark fruit, almost winey. Like the taste too; a good mix of bready malt and ripe fruit. Fruit lends a bit of sourness. Medium body, low hops content...maybe a bit too low as it seems to leave the finish a bit flat. Overall this is nice. A good winter session ale. dchmela (3084) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Thanks to my buddy Ian for smuggling this back from the frosty north. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly sweet, hints of cherry, with a touch of toasted malt. Big body, slightly sweet, touch of tartness, some fruit, caramel and a hint of bitterness. Nice little winter brew.