boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Medium brown pour with chestnut hues. Thin notions of a white head recede quickly, leaving an oily carbonated film behind. Mostly clear with ruby and yellowish highlighting. Aroma is comprised of lightly toasted caramel malt up front. No hint at high alcohol, well masked to say the least. Sugary, interesting. Light spicing, mostly coriander and nutmeg. A little soapy as well. Flavor is sweet and nutty caramel malts, grainy and toasty. Slight tartness, nice bitterness levels throughout. Slightly syrupy palate, too fizzy at points, but an otherwise reasonable carbonation level. Still not a trace of alcohol. An agressive fullness is left behind in a sugar finish. Pretty good balance here, other than in the palate. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Thanks to bu11zeye for this beer. Poured a dark mahogany with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of sweet nuts, fruits, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is extremely smooth, with notes of sweet fruit, nuts, toffee, a bit of smoke. Alcohol is undetectable in the initial flavor and only shows up to balance out the finish. I could not believe this is 8%. It drinks like a refreshing session beer. Not the most complex beer I’ve had, but so well balanced, flavorful and drinkable that it really sat well with me. Could have downed two or there more of these (which is why it’s probably a good thing I only had one at my disposal). A surprise treat from Texas that made my evening. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2007
On draft at the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth. Dark brown pour with small head. Caramel and malts in the nose. Big malty flavor, sweet caramel, brown sugar, and mild spice. Smooth bodied, full flavor. Nice winter brew. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2007
12oz bottle via trade with legion242 - Thanks - Pous dark brown with a short creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, yeast, toffee, toasted malts, and a whiff of chocolate. Flavor is caramel, toffee, toasted malts, chocolate and even a little coffee. Medium body with light carbonation. Really though this wasn’t too bad... SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Courtesy bu11zeye. Dark ruby brown and a small off white layer of foam. Nose of lightly toasted malt, english hops, and airy, bready yeast. Flavor adds toffee and cocoa. Medium body, balanced. Easy drinking, would never guess 8%. Decent.
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2007
I’d like an ABV check on this one...it is virtually invisible, leading me to think it might be incorrectly derived. Very light- bodied brew with an emphasis on the malts and less so on the "holiday" spicing...thank goodness. Pretty refreshing malt bomb with some nuttiness in the finish. But virtually NO warming effect, making me think this might be more in the 4-5% range....but I like it!
Thanks Corny! frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2007
A tan head fades quickly above a body I can only peg as "reddish-brown". I find a mixture of both pale and dark malts in the aroma (which I find intrguing) along with a lemony/floral hoppiness. Flavor finds a "candy bar of maltiness" which includes chocolate, caramel and nuts... along with some mild, sour/bitter hops. A little thin in the mouth with a dry finish. A sessionable brew for the ABV.
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
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Strong yeast aroma with a slight coffee scent. Deep brown with a medium head. Light bitter coffee flavor with some tangy roasted malts. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Get some spice in the aroma.Pours a deep copper with a medium off white head.Get some roasted malt and spice in the flavor.Mouthfeel was thin with some malt in the finish. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
The body is a clear, dark brownish amber and the head consists of a film of bubbles that soon evaporates. It’s got a mild roasted malt aroma with burnt caramel and bitter nuts. Very thin and watery, which makes me surprized by the 8% ABV. The roasted malt continues into the flavor along with a light fruitiness and, finally, a touch of alcohol that’s acompanied by some earthy nuts. I almost like this and would probably drink it again.
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