Cybercat (6145) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Hearty aroma is mainly yeasty and fruity with a malty underpinning. It pours a clear, dark, bubbly chestnut with a very thick and frothy pale wheat head that sticks around for quite a while. Strong flavor has firm malty, hoppy and fruity notes plus yeasty and subtle spicy (mainly cloves) and woody tones. Very hearty, enjoyable and pleasing! Smooth texture has good body and fizz. Labeled a winter warmer, but fine any time of year. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Better after a few years. This will cellar well.
UPDATE- I just had a bottle of 2000 in Decemebr of 2003 and it was VERY nice. Very mellow and smooth. No sharp edges and I am sure that it gained some alcohol. Yummy. ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
ONe of my favorite dark beers, definatly for the winter. 7% keeps you warm after a few. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 25, 2002
I liked this quite a bit. Dark reddish-brown appearance, tan head that mellows down to a thin layer. Rich smell, prominent caramel, a little bit of fruitiness, some sourness. Nice sweet malt in the taste that somewhat reminds me of a Celebrator Dopplebock. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Warm finish, excellent! daboskabouter (1469) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Bright red color, foamy tan head. Fresh candyish malt in the nose with a good touch of fruity hops. Big juicy hop presence in the body backed up by a good firm maltiness and a shot of alcohol. Finishes nicely balanced with a touch of hops and a good burst of malt. Very nice strong ale, one of the better winter ales I tried this year.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Christmas 2002 12oz. bottle. Picked up one of two 12packs left that had been sitting in a small local
drugstore's cooler for at least 6 months. I'm not a huge fan of pyramid beers, but I heard
great things about this one. Upon leaving the drugstore I had my reservations. But boy how was I wrong. I think the 10 months of mellowing did this beer
justice. This one pours a deep, rich auburn brown with a tight tan head that lingers nicely. Aromas are very
complex. Some of you would have a heyday describing the nose of this beer. Flavors are that of a fine English strong ale. Very well balanced and smooth with well hidden alcohol. Finishes clean
and somewhat dry. Very good beer.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Very dark, ruby tones and fine minimal head. Banana, chocolate, sweet cherry nose withmaltiness and molasses. Strong carbonation on the palate, chocolate, coffee, and dry earthy finish. Creamy cherry citrus mid palate. Very nice beer with a short finish. amalsugar (41) - Tremonton, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
This is my favorite Pyramid beer that I have tried. The aroma and appearance are excellent and the flavor has a good malty flavor the masks the alcohol content. Good beer. NikonTheDog (16) - Hawaii, USA - FEB 6, 2007
A stronger, richer beer with a darker head than its name would indicate. A perfect winter beer. (from bottle) rayOfBeer (680) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
From tap pours a dark opaque brown. Aroma of yeast, bitter hop and sweet malt rise from the light brown head. At first taste the beer has a sweet bite followed by a light licorice and dark fruit with a little toastiness mixed in. It ends with a slight bitter hoppiness. Overall quite pleasant to warm one on a cold winters night.