lawman357 (125) - Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Really want to like this one more. For an English strong ale it seems awfully hoppy, kind of detracts from the drinkability for me. Bitter/citrus peel way overpowers any malty sweetness that may be there. Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to Drew. Bottle poured to glass. Copper, red with rocky white head. Molasses & biscuit malt aroma with a moderate hops to balance. Creamy mouthfeel. Semi lacing retained small bead around rim through out entire drink. mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. 2008 Style.
Color is a light carmel brown. Pours a decent head that leaves a medium level of lace.
Aroma is of piney hopes. Some spices are also noted. Taste is of similiar piney hops. A slight hint of carmel is also tasted.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but bitter (due to the hops). Leaves a dry taste in mouth.
Overall, a solid beer. I would recommend this winter style ot anybody.
Serving type: bottle
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2001
A very good beer. It has a smooth spicy flaver that warms you up after a hard day skiing. GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Beer starts off well with a pleasant aroma of robust coffee and hops and a dark amber hue. However when I took the first sip I definitely got a bitter beer face. This beer is loaded with hops but the bitterness overwhelmes with winter barley flavor that could have been a saving grace. This beer would only be satisfying only someone with dulled taste buds from years of smoking cigars.
Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 17, 2013
Don’t know if its my cold, but im not getting a whole lot of an aroma of this, slight hop aroma. Nice appearance though, nice foamy head, lovely red amber colour.
Much lighter in taste than i expected, feels very light around the mouth, bready, biscuity flavours. rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Nice clean tasting winter lager with a hoppy taste at the begining that changes to a smooth taste at the end. HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown color with a half-inch tan head. Aroma of malt and earth, like a meadow. Nice malty flavor, with a hint of roasted malts and and caramel. The beer has a nice hops balance. I’d like to pair this brew with a good lamb stew or maybe shepherd’s pie. GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Was a little bitter for my taste. Don't know what the alcohol % is, but it must be high. I had 3 or 4 pints of this at the sports bar and it hit me pretty hard.