dlihcsnatas (767) - Temple, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Poured up a nice dark brown with a fair sized tan head. Just looking at it was winter brew at it’s best. The aroma was of dark malts with a hint of alcohol and hops. Can’t get warm on a watered down brew so this one really hits the spot on a cold day. The taste was that of dark malts and some roasted notes popping up with just enough hops to give it a tame floral/spicy hop flavor. Very smooth to drink making it easy to drink down too fast. Not sure if they used any spices but it taste like there might be a few extras in there, but then again it could be just the characteristics of the hops they used. Got this kind of late in the season but looking forward to loading up on it next winter.
wlajwl (7011) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2012
The aroma is spices and complex, hard to describe. The flavor is spices, fruit tartness and a dry finish. Hard to describe, very good overall. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Attractive near-black with a ruby tinge when held to the light, fluffy tan head, medium lace. The aroma is all toasted malt with hints of dark fruit, citrus, spice, sherry and peat. Flavor was very dark-roasted malt, dark fruit, sherry, chocolate, toffee, coffee, grapefruit, and herbs. Nicely bitter from both the toasted malt and hops. Nice alcohol warmth and a decent slightly oily texture and a hard bitter finish. Sort of the fruity, hoppy younger brother to a barleywine. Wearing a sherry hat. mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Poured a dark mahogany color with a huge tan head That lasted to the bottom of the glass. The nose was sweet roasted malts and lots of herbal spice. Taste is tart apple cider, bitter chocolate, dark coffee, sweet caramel, and floral hops. The finish was dry and the 7% ABV warms nicely. This is one of the better winter brews I have tried. Too bad it’s only a seasonal. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Drank from a 12oz. Bottle. Aroma is very nice, like chocolate and sweet malt. Flavour is great, kind of roasted flavour. Palate is nice, full bodied, and perfect Carbonation. Overall a very nice beer that I enjoy on a cold winter day.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2001
Very malty with a little bit of hops thrown in. This is really good stuff... krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2002
i gather this one is too strong to be a scotch ale, but why not a 'wee heavy' or 90 schilling? anyway, it's dark auburn, pantone 1685, rosewood like the back of an old gibson acoustic guitar. i love the peat-malty butterscotch, vanilla aroma. nice brown buttery english muffin taste; good body, the east kent goldings stretching out across the finish line. i'd enjoy it with a maccanudo rubusto (if i had one. sigh...) Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Deep red-brown, with a thinnish beige head. Complex. A lot of malt, subdued hops, subtle roastiness, and some spices-- probably cinnamon, perhaps a tiny bit of cardamom, and orange peel. Good full-bodied smoothness. Excellent seasonal. My only peeve is the twistoff cap, which renders the bottle useless for homebrew. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2006/ Pours dark brown w/ a shallow spritzy froth. Aroma is sweet w/ malted molasses. Medium to full nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are very brown w/ a spicey roasted coffee bean essence. Malty w/ a defined hop character. I also picked up on some caramel apple. Perfect bittering. This is a nice brew. Highly recommended. jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Nice winter ale. Doesn’t come off as a stout with spices. Beautiful mahogany color. Flavor is strong, but not as overpowering as a stout. Very hoppy, nice spices.