TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Beer pours an attractive mahogeny color with a dark beige colored head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is nice and rich with significant malt notes, mostly along the smokey and chocolate also a bit of spices. Flavor is nice and full with roasted nuts, chocolate and a very subtle but well done hoppy/spicey finish. No hint of the 8% ABV. Palate is full and rounded, no thin beer here. I agree with everyone else, Rahr’s best to date. My only suggestion is that this might be best classed as an Old Ale? What do ya’ll think? Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle. Chestnut brown body with a half inch foamy head. Nose-dusty and vegetal. Taste-almond, roasty malts, medium bitter, a staleness that is very nice tasting, light cola, apple, unsweet orange, slight lactic without the usual associated sourness, medium fruity esters. A world class beer that is delicious. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2010
This beer pours a very deep amber/ almost black with a medium tan head. The aromas are bourbon, chocolate and a touch of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is sweet and watery. This was a great beer! Can’t wait to have another! Cheers! CptAmerica (29) - USA - DEC 26, 2010
When it’s poured it looks like a stout, something like guiness. The head isn’t as thick though. Very smooth and tastes very well. You can tell it has been aged in bourbon barrels with the mild after taste. It does not have an over powering alcohol taste at all. Very good beer. unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
I had no idea what to expect from this brew, but I was pleasantly surprised! It pours dark brown with a little red throw in for good measure. The aroma is sweet, somewhat candy-like but clean and malty. Not a lot of head in the glass, mostly just a ton of carbonated fizz. The taste is sweet, a little bitter, with hints of ripe apple. The finish is nice, clean, and spicy! I can’t complain about this one at all, it’s very good! I like this MUCH better than most of the so-called winter ales I’ve tried, and I’m only sorry I bought just one bottle!!
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a dark brown almost black color with tan head. Roasted caramel malt, a little spice, and charr on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes warm and roasty. 13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12 oz bottle from Ben. Deep brown colored pour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma and taste is molasses, chocolate and a slight roasted coffee note. Finish is some roastiness and caramel. rougeau13 (3156) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Really dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, caramel, coffee and light spice. The taste is akin to a thin imperial stout. Rich chocolate, wood, roast and coffee dominate. Then there’s a mild bitterness in the finish. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation and a mild alcohol presence. Nice. Travlr (25771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Draft. Dark brown color, nice beige head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, candied dried fruit, burnt caramel. Taste has plums, raisins, dark roast. Very tasty.