JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2007
This is a pretty good beer. It pours dark with a light aroma of malt and a little bitterness. The flavor is malty, caramel-like and a little dry. It’s not spectacular, but it’s decent. Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The pour is rich deep brown, with a medium white head, which dissipates quickly. the nose is of slightly leathery, with hints of tobacco leaf, dark fruit, and sugars. The flavor is warming graced by touches of cinnamon, caramel and the slightest finish of hops. Decent, and I would drink again, however better seasonals are on the market. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
12oz bottle. Dark reddish-brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, piney refreshing hops. The flavor is malty and sweet with a slightly harsh bitterness and piney, minty hops. Full, creamy mouthfeel. I’m not really that satisfied with this as a winter warmer because the hops have a minty, cooling quality that seem to work against said warming properties. Couple this to a slightly unclean bitterness in the finish, and I’m not too big of a fan, though its still a decent beer. PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2008
very dark brown body with a dimpled tan head. It has a spicy , citrusy aroma with notes of anice. The flavor has huge notes of raisins and not much malt. moriarty’s philadelphia pint for $5.25 ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle @ home. Pours in mahogany with a foamy two fingered head that quickly dissipates and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet fruit and some spice. Flavor is sweet almost cloyingly so. There is some nuttiness and spice in the background. The finish is mildly bitter (hops). Mouthfeel is medium. Average winter warmer.
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 The aroma has deep toasted malt, piny hops and caramel. The appearance is mahogany with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is thin. Overall a decent but not great beer. Edgekrusher (84) - , Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2008
A good winter ale. Alcohol aftertaste is soul warming. Tastes a little like caramel coffee. smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Not much special about this one. Color is ok, flavor is ok...just kind of ok. Did not taste fruit, spice...not much here. RedSox2004 (1869) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Dark brown, almost opaque, with a small head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Strong malt and sweet coffee aroma. Roasted malts up front on the palate, with some dark fruits, ending with a slight bitterness. Alcohol is apparent, but not too strong. Highly carbonated, full bodied, and a dry aftertaste. Decent enough, but there are many and much better beers that come out during the holidays. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Dark caramel brown color. Seems darker than the picture posted. The head did not last long. Malty aroma. The aroma is not very pungent though. I am not so much a fan of the European Strong Ales. Toffee and butter are slightly noticeable in the aroma. Creamy taste with a toffee taste. Some slight smoke also or nutty type flavor. A little weak for me. An average beer that does not really do it for me. The alcohol is not noticeable. An average beer.