Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Schlafly limited production of this beer to only 300 cases. Pours a deep caramel color with some mild red-orange hints and topped with a very big, off-white head that fades down to a very dense, creamy filmy head. Aroma has a sweet caramel note, a mild spicy cinnamon presence, mild alcohol nose and finishes with an overall bready character. Flavor has a very smooth caramel sweetness, a bready middle, a fairly hefty spicy presence, a very subdued floral hops middle, a modest alcohol bite and an very sweet toasted ending. The brew as a whole is very smooth with a slight sticky texture and a heavy body. Carbonation is low but the head is great and produces a very solid lacing on the glass. Overall a great brew and well worth the money. The only problem I have with it is that the alcohol, albeit only at 8%, comes off a bit too hot in the flavor. I hope with a bit of aging that this becomes less of a concern but as of right now the alcohol is a bit on the rough side. Finhead (1770) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 A hazy amber pour with off-white head. It has a malty caramel aroma mixed with some apple and berries. It has a medium body with slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is moderately sweet and finishes lightly sour. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2009
(large bottle) slightly hazy medium amber with off white head. Aroma of faint yeast, spice, warm malts. Flavor is warm malt, hints of fruit and spices. Nice full body. Great with a holiday meal. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2009
bottle, thanks to Keir, pours amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is toffee and carmel with lots of sweetness. Flavor is carmel malt and toasted nuts with a lightly spiced finish of cinnamon. Nice brew. Noelweichbrodt (25) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Nice-looking pour, rich white head that can get quite tall. Roasted malt, honey, pine, pine nuts, alcohol but not unwelcome, actually a cleansing bite.
Good, not spectacular. If it had a bit more vigorous alcohol taste, I would try to cellar it for a year. As is, not sure where it’s trying to go.
vyvvy (6524) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours dark tawny copper with a dense tan head. The aroma has lots of toffee / caramel, toasted malt and nuttiness. Medium / full body that is a bit crisp and and has sharp fizzy carbonation. The flavor starts with very toasted malt that is a bit on the musty side and there are hints of anise and dry spices along with warming alcohol that’s a bit more prevalent than I’d like. The finish has dry caramel, powder, basement must malt and warming abv. Good beer. phaleslu (10334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2009
750 ml bottle from Culinaria. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a big beige head. Aroma of mixed winter spices, sweet malts, caramel, toast, berry fruits, and a little alcohol. Flavor of malt, cinammon, nutmeg, berries, raisins, fig, pine hops, honey, bread, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied and dry, with a bready mouthfeel. Just a hint of roast on the alcoholic finish. Interesting beer, I might have to grab another and let it sit for a while. thegreenrooster (4448) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Pour is a dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is brown sugar and molasses with a bit sour apple and toffee. That was pretty good. Flavor is again a little bit of apple and toffee with some alcohol. Leaves a little chocolate/cherry on the tounge after the swallow. A damn fine beer but once its gone its gone. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2009
750 mL capped bottle, sampled fresh in December 2009: pink, orange candy hue with a creamy ivory head that settles to the outer edge of my glass. Deep, sugary malt aroma with candied nuts, fruitcake, and toasted grains. Peaty alcohol mixes with charred honey over-ripe bananas. Slightly bitter initially, with cinnamon apple slices and candied pears. Long, malty flavour with significant alcoholic raisins, buttered toffee and bitter honey. Though the palate begins fairly gritty the finish is creamy and smooth. The alcohol creeps up on you slightly, but is more warming than overwhelming. A nice holiday treat.