djd07 (15293) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Botte. Pours a dark ruby/brown color with a small light tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is very malty with black licorice and caramel. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is very bitter with roasted malt and hoppy finish. At first a little too bitter, but turned out to be a very good english strong ale perfect for a cold winter night. Ratman197 (15113) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle poured a clear mahogany with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, light spice and a hint of dark chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, a hint of chocolate, light spice and a bit of raisin with a smooth lingering lightly sweet finish. Tmoney99 (14769) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown color with a large frothy light brown head that lasted. Good roasted malt sweet nutty aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Moderate roasted malt sweet bitter flavor with an average finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Think barley wine light, and then you've probably got a good idea of what to expect. Clear dk brown red, with minimal tan head. Aroma is strong caramel malty at first, but a noticeable earthy hoppiness shows up as it warms. Perhaps the slightest hint of seasonal spices? Flavor is malty sweet & caramel at the start. Then, toward the back of the mouth, pine hop bitterness takes over and takes you through the swallow. Fairly rich bodied. BeerandBlues2 (13661) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
12-oz. bottle. Pours deep mahagony with a small frothy tan head. Aroma is nutty caramel and chocolate malt (biscuit, meal), yeast (dough) with hop notes. Moderately bitter and acidic, caramel and chocolate malt, mild sweetness, cinnamon, hoppy spice end. Medium bodied, fizzy and dry palate.
crossovert (13457) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Metallic, with surprising bitterness. IT is a deep red color and has a decenty thick mouthfeel. Dogbrick (13398) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2002 Bottle: This is a decent enough seasonal. Pours a dark brown color with a medium thin off-white head that lasted almost the entire glass. Minimal lacing. Aroma of malt, nutmeg (?) and brown sugar. Flavor is rich and strong in alcohol and malt flavors although the ABV really isn't that high. Finish is rather sweet and nutty. Of the seasonals I have tried this year, it is better than average. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a amber-brown color with a thin light tan head. Taste of carmel and fruit add to the complexity of this winter brew. Bov (13004) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 3, 2010
courtesy of fiulijn - clear ruby-brown colour with a poor head retention; very malty nose with notes of prune and marzipan; full-bodied and pretty sweet, some bitterness; long aftertaste of malt and prune - tasty and robust hopdog (12833) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a darker reddish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of fruits, bananas, toasted malts and nuts. Tastes of bananas, nuts, caramel and toasted malts. Thinner body.