swanmann (782) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Nutty brown out of the bottle, with about an inch of creamy tan head. Aromas of booze, resin, plum, cherry, brown sugar... The taste is lightly tart, cherries, toffee, toasty breadcrust... a touch of boozy numbing warmth. I think the carbonation is bright, not harsh, medium/ bold body. The finish fruity and toasty, lingering just a bit. The booze is well hidden and the flavors are very balanced. I can easily imagine this brew saving my Christmas, at least as far as the get-togethers. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 18, 2013
On draft at Caps & Taps. It pours a cloudy dark amber brown with a khaki head. The aroma is lightly tart plum, dark fruit and spices. The flavor is Belgian, toasty and spicy with dark fruit, raisins, plum and spicy yeast. Lightly acidic and roasted in the finish. I didn’t get much wood. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Pours a very deep chestnut with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits and caramel. Flavor of tart cherries, dark fruits, vanilla and caramel. Nice oak character as well. batneil (799) - - DEC 15, 2013
Pretty strong tasting, good thing it comes in a small glass. Plenty of powerful festive flavors mixed together, overall pleasing. gregwilsonstl (2704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2013
There?s a lot going on here. Whiskey. Lots of oak. Oxidized. Cardboard. Thin head. Tart. Cherry. Strong brew, couldn?t have too many.
bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Pours a deep rusty umber color with two fingers of thick khaki foam that laces nicely. The nose is rustic old oak, vanilla, burnt sugar and traces of vinous fruit and a touch of cardboard. The palate follows with a complex array of flavors that all fall in place nicely. Hints of plum, burnt sugar, pine needles, nougat, coffee, orange peel, sour cherry... damn this thing is packed with intricate flavors that are like a massively complex oxidized old ale ! Digging It. zgaier (1968) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On tap at Grapes & Grain in San Mateo. Pours a muddy amber brown with a beige head and aroma of alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is of fruits, plums, raisins, yeast, oak, and toffee with a warming, fruity finish. Nice ale jjgmd (2288) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On tap at Grape and Grain, San Mateo, Calf, pours a dark muddy amber brown with no head. Nose is hoppy and yeasty with some bubblegum. Taste is yeasty and a bit sour . Finish is a bit tart as well with a moderate lingering. Quaff Score 7 / 10 johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from craftshack.
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a decent sized off white head that shows great retention. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar, a hint of oak and higher spirits, a bit of papery oxidation, and a light lactic cherry fruitiness. Light chocolate comes out especially as she warms. The flavor is sweet and dark sugary up front. Alcohol, tart cherries, tobacco, and chocolate fly in midway through. Finishes with a lingering caramel and fruity tartness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sugary but somewhat tart mouthfeel. Decent brew I enjoyed it. Ratman197 (15607) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
500 ml bottle poured a hazy reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, fruitiness, oak, caramel and light, vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, oak and dried fruit with a smooth lingering toffee finish.