thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2009
(draught at brewery) pours clear brown with ruby highlights and very little head. Nose is subtle but hints of nuts, roasted malts and coffee. Taste of hairspray, nuts, sweet malt, Roasted malt over-dried fruit and finishes warming and bitter. One of rahr’s better beers honestly. Pershing (573) - Garland, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Dark brown with a thin lasting tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Medium body with lots of malt with a little hop bitterness. I prefer drinking this beer just below room temperature i.e. 60-65 degrees. Filling finish. SG111 (1973) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Tap at the source. Pours black. Small head. Aroma is caramel, fig, dark fruits. Flavor is fair fruit, fig, raisins, totally an English ale. Yea, I mean it’s an English style winter warmer. You should know the flavor of this before trying it. Oh, it’s fine RAYBOY01 (2010) - 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! kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 12 oz bottle via BA-SS-07 (thanks!). This pours a deep dark brown.Nose is all about the herbal and earthy notes. Taste is all caramel and malts with some earthy pine. Body is medium. carbonation is moderate. Not bad but could stand to have more body and more flavoe.
foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2008
aroma was weak and faintly sweet. looks highly carbonated/bubbly with little head. flavor is good, grapefruit hop bitterness with roasted malt finish. fair enough deal. jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is ofmalt and spices. Taste is the same...nothing special. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 4, 2009
The pour was brown with red highlights. Off-white head collapses quickly. Thin bits of lacing. The aroma is malty with light spice of cinnamon and clove. The flavor is light caramel, thin spice and malt. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and the carbonation is aggressive. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
12 oz bottle. Dark brown, fluffy tan head. Nose is sharp, peppers, spices, and a bit of turpentine. Taste comes off spicy, a bit malty, peppery, and that off taste of turpentine/paint thinner. This distracts what should be a very nice beer. OK to drink and goes down easy but that "odd" flavor does not do this beer any favors. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Sampled from 12-oz bottle and shared by moelikebeer. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with an average sized beige head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, cloves, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, and white pepper. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of roasted caramel malt, a hint of molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Finish is more towards the malty side with a clove and herbal aftertaste. A typical Christmas sliced strong ale.