DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Had this around the end of the year in KOP. The pour was hazy orange/copper with a creamy, nitrogenous, white head. The aroma had caramel mal, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice. The taste has big spices up front, followed with caramel malt and some hops. Velvety palate due to the nitrogenation. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2005
On tap at the King of Prussia location. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with an off white nicely lacing head. Aroma of nutmeg and ginger. Reminded me of some various pumpkin ice creams I’ve had. Flavor of the same with maybe some more cinnamon coming through. Was like a watered down pumpkin ale in my opinion. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Dense black appearance. slim cocoa-tan head.
Aroma of vanilla, molasses, on the sweet side, not a hint of bitter, almost treacly, syrupy.
Taste: There it is again on the buds, sweet and slick, with a trace of grain on the palate. Exceptionally smooth, great grit at the back, very substantial, full-bodied, with a dry, charcoal finish.
Not exactly what I look for in a standard stout, could use more of the roasty-toasty, more depth, but it’s not a bad drink at all. I can see downing it without complaint while shootin’ shit about nothin’ at all...robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2004 Total Score: 3.9
deep, dark, burgundy hue, bordering on brown, clear crimson at foot, with a fine creamy head, that slips down quickly.
Malty nose, dusky, with notes of dark fruit, anise, molasses, a rich, murky thing this is...
Taste is a wonderful thing, thick and rich on the palate, full-bodied, with mocha tones, syrupy at times, slick,even treacly, but delicious...
A bigger mouthfeel and texture and a fuller body than I usually encounter at Rock Bottom, they went all out on this one, taste is sweet and candyish, even...not strong enough for me to really feel this one as a "warmer", but, hey, it’s been a light winter so far, and I can feel their intentions, anyway...the rich maltiness and sweet taste are enough to qualify it for comfort brew, perhaps...
Dark Red Coloring with Sandy Head. Holiday Fruity Aroma...Cherries.. Light Spice on the Nose...Carbonated. Light X-mas Spice Notes on the Tongue...Fruit Presence Died Out... Decent Brew. badgerben (5374) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Dark red color with a thin head. Very faint aroma of spice. The taste is pretty subdued, but has a moderate presence of the winter spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). It also tasted just a little bit vegetative. Odd...
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
2004 St. Paul Winterfest. Fabulous rich, hoppy aroma. Orange milky body with off white head. Looks like a mixture of beer and orange juice. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Atlanta - The winter ale that I had was a porter and it was actually quite tasty. Pours a deep rich brown color with a nice frosty head. Flavors are lightly chocolately and roasted caramel malts with some nutty coffee sweetness in the finish. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Tap in Minneapolis. Ruby color with a laced tan head. Malty and a little fruity. Not bad. Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Malty, but served too cold. Nice lacing, but little depth of flavors. (at Minneapolis location) austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
A pretty spicy dark-colored brew passed my lips as I sat in the Chicago Rock Bottom location quaffing brews. It had considerable character, finished smoothly and was noticeably spiced.