Hiero (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Great winter ale, with coffee and chocolate notes, followed up with slightly burnt bitterness in the finish. Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 20, 2013
12 oz bottle compliments of TJ. Poured the color of cola with sweet malty nose. Sticky sweet malt backbone, caramel and raisins. Slight bitterness at the finish, practically disappeared as it warmed up. Delicious ww! Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2013
The aroma is malt forward with notes of toasted malts, caramel, and nuts. A dark clear garnet-brown hue with a very thin tan head, which quickly forms a ring, and minimal lacing. The taste is surprisingly rich; not robust, but very rewarding. Roasted malts, toffee, caramel, with hints of nuts. There is a slight hoppy/peppery finish. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Overall, I liked this beer and would drink it again - winter or not. Brandon1989 (655) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
poured a dark cola color with some ruby in the light. this beer poured zero head so im really wondering if i had purchased an old bottle. the aroma was sweet, you pick up caramel, coffee, brown sugar. the taste is not as sweet as aroma but you definitely pick up the coffee and sugary malt taste. i was a little worried to try this after having no head with an aggressive pour but this beer was good, give it a shot. OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A - Pours cola brown with 1 finger of tan head.
S - Milk chocolate, sugary malt, vanilla, roasted malts. Smokey aroma as it warms.
T - Dark caramel, roasted malts, caramelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate, brown toast, nutty yeast, hints of grapes and under-ripened berries. Bittering hops adds earthiness to round off the finish. Citrus comes out on the aftertaste.
M - Moderate carbonation, light side of medium, almost thin body. No alcohol to speak of. The carbonation drops off toward the end.
Warming without the alcohol showing up. Nice cocoa and roasted malts with a solid strain of nutty yeast to glue everything together. The mouthfeel was the weak link but it wasn’t a deal breaker. Everything tasted young and fresh. I’m gonna try and out one away for a year or so.
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fonefan (48746) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2013
cgarvieuk (24230) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2013
[ Courtesy of cgarvieuk ]. Clear medium to dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark bread, moderate roasted, light hoppy, light raisins. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet bread, dark malt, light raisin. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
bottle at jans appartment manchester .... deep dark brown ... thin tan lacing ... deep dark cherry roast nose... little fizzy dark malts ... dark roast ... chewy toffee ... soft dark malts ... chewy toffee ... michaelc1945 (2) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013 does not count
Pours dark brown with a small tan head with allows for a very savory aroma. Best drunk from a glass with a large mouth for better enjoyment of this ale’s sweet, malty fragrance. It tastes great and will be my go to winter seasonal in the future. jschmiedekamp (8) - McHenry, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012 does not count
Good dark ale on a cold day. Not an everyday drink. Tasted better once the ale set and warmed up a little.
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Bottle from secret Santa 2012 - blutt59. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Chocolate and toasted malt aroma. Toasted malts and chocolate flavors with some caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Bob.