Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Courtesy of rayl101. Mahogany, film, spotty lacing. Vegatal and spice in aroma, nothing else. Flavor loaded with spice, nothing else. Can’t get past the vegetal character. Really nothing going on here. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, nutty, a little roasty. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, a little holiday spice, with a warm roasty finish. Nice. deyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a clear deep ruby brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a caramel notes with alcohol and sweet grains and a hint of deep fruit. Flavor has notes of deep fruit and dark grains with a hint of alcohol. Terminus (3739) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Tap at a bar in the Ft Worth Stockyards district (same one that served Buffalo Butt)-pours deep brown almost black with a hightly pronounced kacki head. nose of big roast, sugary chocllate, anise with some pronounced sweetness detected on the nose. flavors show the sweetness, but it is well rounded out by the awesoem aspects spice, dark malt, clean yeast quality, and heavy dark chocllate. lots of husky bitterness here not due from hops. a very tasty beer for sure! fiveacestx (976) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle - pours dark brown and 3/4" tan head. Nice aroma of caramel and toasted malts. Has a medium body but slightly watery. Still, a pretty decent brew.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2011
A beautiful dark and delicious winter warmer! A very fine balance in both sweetness and a dry finish and one that you can enjoy a few of before the alcohol sneaks in to lull you away for the evening. Pairs ups deliciously with my wild hog fajitas! Definitely a great brew to enjoy throughout the winter. Grab some of this brew and Rahr’s Bourbon Barrel aged winter warmer as well when you find them!! FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2011
Bottle (RBESG2011, Grand Tasting)yespr (48876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
RIch sweet buttery vanilla aroma. Super-sugary. Dark, tight head. Classic sweet sugary bourbon barrel aged taste. Sugared up to the max, and vanilla-ey. Lacking in balance. A bit slick. Certainly drinkable though.
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight breadish. Sweet, caramelish and toffee malty. Mild fruity, dark malty and slight breadish flavoured. Bitter, dark malty and roasted into a medium dry finish. Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 On tap at the Anvil Pub.
Dark reddish brown pour with some off-white head. Smells of caramel malt, some dark fruit, and some nuttiness. More dark fruit in the flavor with some roasted malt and sweetness. Not bad but the bourbon aged version is so much better. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2011
Tasted on 4/24/11 (Easter) from a 12oz bottle sent to me as an extra in a trade. Pours clear, but quite dark amber with an average beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace with a thick collar. The nose is winter baking spices with cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom among others, roasted malt, and a cereal aroma that I associate with English ales. The flavor is lightly sweet up front with the same baking spices as the nose, moving to the more roasted and bitter notes with the cereal malt still present on the mid-palate. The body is full and oily with lighter than average carbonation and a long lightly sweet, spiced, and roasted bitter finish.