krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Good clean favor. I think this beer is a little under-appreciated. Nice hints of fruits and nuts. I would best describe this beer as a pale drk beer. It has a lot of characteristics of a dark beer, but it isn't dark in the least bit. Definately worth trying. I liked it better the colder it was. beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Nice dark color. Great thick taste. Good amount and color of head. Good amount of alcohol. archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 very dark brown/almond colored with a sharp bitter bite at first then after a few sips this hop infested brew tastes great..very good.. ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Dark amber with respectable head. Hoppy roasted aroma. Burnt nut flavor, with heavy finishing hops. Creamy palate, intense aftertaste. Intense flavor. Friendly, once you get to know it. I’d try it again, perhaps. AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Pretty tasty, low in alcohol for the style, but plenty flavor, nutty and brown and tasty, like eating a filbert nut on the fourth of july, awesome beer, I can drink 1000 of these in honor of our country’s birth.
BREWMUSKCLES (2759) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2007
thin and substantial. layered with a malt and semi hop flavor that joust a bit with the flavorings and work well in the mix. a bit busy but not confusing. refreshing and could be drank most anytime of year. licorice flavor just perceptable and is woven in by craft (or perhaps good fortune). just a nice tart and short finish that lingers more on the mind. looks good in the pinter glass. bravo! cmc619 (501) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Tastes like a sturdily hopped APA with a bit more alcohol warmth, even though it’s not too strong at 5.9%. Nice burnt orange color, fully translucent, good head and lacing. Overall just a really well-brewed, great-drinking beer, with no skimping on the hops. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-4-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance –The beer pours a mahogany-amber color with a big two finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention, fading to leave only a light level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is bready and sweet of toffee. These aromas are mixed with some nutty and pine aromas, balancing out the sweet and malty.
Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and toffee taste. A light citrus and dark fruit flavors are also upfront with a spiced flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg quickly after coming to the tongue. Nutty and some bitter pine flavors then come to the tongue. The mix of these flavors takes the taste to its end where a bready and lightly bittered, but still overall caramel and toffee sweet, flavor are left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average Overall the body was very nice for accentuating the fruit and spice flavors of the brew, while the carbonation maintained an exciting and very drinkable feel for the brew.
Overall – A nice tasty, slightly sweeter, yet still roasty and spiced holiday brew. It has a nice feel and price, which when mixed with the good taste make for a brew to try and one to possibly go back to again and again. ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is winter spices. The taste is a lot milder than expected, almost watery. closey22 (2126) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2017
Hazy Brown with foamy beige head
Aroma is sweet mild fruit and grain blend with hints of chocolate
Flava is grainy woody with mild hop spice and nice balance with a malty backbone
Feels medium with nice zingy fizz
Finishes dry mildly bitter