Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very roasty, nutty, and lightly floral. Pours a transparent garnet with a small off-white head. Flavor is very roasty and nutty up front with the slightest hints of chocolate in the background. Finishes moderately floral and lightly piney. Tastes more like a mediocre brown ale. DocLock (11191) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Dark copper pour, with minimal head. Aroma of caramal malt, brown sugar, some vegetals, and even brine. The taste was caramel malty but had funky vegetal off notes that I’m hoping were an aberration. I had a hard time finishing this one. zombywoof (467) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 A fresh grassy aroma with caramel. Not a lotta of head and the body is lightweight. Nice balance of hops and malt with coffee, caramel and a peppery finish. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Not much to this beer. There’s a caramel malt base with some earthy and citric hopping to it, but little more. Doesn’t come across as an English strong ale, more like an EPA gone bad.Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2005
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Has a spicy aroma that most winter brews have. Dark amber body with tan head. Body was thin not watered down but just a mild spice and bitter to it.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Hops are evident but muddled by over sweetness, malts? After the first one, I was done. I remembered this beer being better. webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Light hops, a little after taste, but pleasant. A little harsh while slightly warmer than ice cold, which I think this beer is better served at. SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
From Bottleillinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Poured dark ruby. Frothy white head. Carbonation good. Nice lacing on the glass. Grassy, mildly hoppy aroma and pine smell. Taste malty. Pineapple aftertaste. Much better as the beer warmed,although not bitter at all, not as I would expect from the aroma. Medium, smooth mouthfeel. Easy to drink. I think I was expecting a little more hop flavor, even though I’m not a hop head. Not a bad beer, not great either. Average winter warmer.
Boy am I glad I did not pay for this. I really would not want to waste my time tearing this one down. Its not an awful beer, just boring. To sum it up, its like they had a good holiday ale, and found a way to water down all the characteristics. Boring. Simply boring Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Has a nice fruity hoppy aroma, light resinous quality with orange peel. Caramel and toffee sweetness, a bit malty. Clear light root beer brown, with thin off-white foamy lacing head. Medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation and resultant carbonic burn. Starts with mild caramel toasty sweetness and medium carbonic acidity. Hops come in quite strong with good fruitiness and a big hit of bitter. Not overly harsh, but a bit rough around the edges. After is a bit dry and bitter.