kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2009
22oz bottle with glow-in-the-dark graphics. Transparent chestnut color, capped with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, nuts, pepper and earthy hops. Caramel and spruce hit the palate first and are soon joined by earthy hops, pepper, and spice. the finish is a bit astringent with earthy hops clinging to the palate. Not bad; would probably hit the spot after a day on the slopes. Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2009
22 oz Bottle -- Dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Dark roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Simple but good. Nice hop bite, heavy and full on the palate. troopie (2341) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Draught. Poured caramel brown with medium off white head. Malty aroma, sort of toasty. Malt in the flavour without much else, full bodied, Sort of an off finish. Not all that interesting. pyromt30 (27) - Lebanon, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Pours dark copper reddish brown with thick cream head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with notes of alcohol. Flavor is warming with moderate bitterness. Very nicely hopped. There are notes of molasses and pine/spruce trees. Overall a very nice holiday beer especially for the hop lovers! Tmoney99 (14480) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Bottle from Beer Cellar. Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy malt and earthy hop aroma. Moderate body and smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy biiter flavor to medium to heavy bitter and small alcohol burn finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a good complex beer.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2009
What a nice beer! Crimson amber in color with a thick and rocky head. Some dough in the aroma with a nice combination of floral hops. A little spiciness in the nose. Medium bodied. Lots of dark caramel, some burnt edges and a bit of roasted malt combine with some zesty hops - lots of pine and spruce trees. Slight lingering bitterness and residual burnt sugar. A delight! durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2009
On tap at Tyler’s. Pours chesnut/copper, very dark with smallish beige head. Big skunky hop nose, but also a good deal of malt to back it up. Lovely beer, with maybe a bit of spice added. A little heavy/sweet, but a great winter seasonal. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Hazy deep ruby with a very nice tan head... Aroma of citrus hops and toasted malts, not sweet... Toasted/Burnt malts dominate citrus hops... I’m very much enjoying these dark hoppy beers, i much prefer these burnt/toasted malts to a lot of malts found in red ales,,, medium bodied, medium mouthfeel... nice beer Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Pours a lovely clear garnet with an initial 1/4 inch tan head that quickly fades. Get the booze on the nose with some underlying sweetness. Taste is about the same, less astringent but more bitter than the aroma. A little bit of lacing. Mouth feel is like a watered down champagne. Slightly warming affect down the throat. A nice winter warmer and not a bad offering from Rogue. robforbes (2243) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2009
pours a clear dark copper with a small tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of spice, caramel, and sour malt.
taste is creamy, sour malt, burnt caramel, hops in the back, spice, and pepper, ends slightly dry, and nicely bitter.