Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
Poured with a white soapy head, an ominous sign of things to come. Something unpleasantly chemical in both the flavour and aroma - kind of pine-sol, left a detergent fealing on the tounge. Syrupy sweet. Similar to but worse than Rouge’s Santas Private Reserve. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
The aroma is cereal with chocolate, paper, and coffee. The appearance is reddish brown with a large head that falls fast. The flavor is almost exactly like the aroma with the addition of spice and tea. The palate is ok but a bit to thin for the style. This is a good beer that could be better. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
bottle courtesy of Degarth.heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
poured a mahogany amber in color with virtually no head or lace. aroma and flavors were of a toasty caramel malt with some hopslingering in the background. some spice on the finish but kind of thin bodied.
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 I tried again recently, the popcorn character was more pronounced in the nose. The finish had lots of burnt popcorn. Dark, burnt orange body with a light khaki head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel and pancakes. There is buttered popcorn, but it is subtle. There is also a little bit of cinnamon behind that. The taste has burnt bread crust with some pear core and cinnamon spice. The light body is sticky, but this is easy drinking. Decent. marcus (10326) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
This brown ale poured with a thin tan head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The flavor is heavily spiced roasted malt, with sharp bitter finish. Some vegetable flavors are detectable.
CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Strong biscuty and toasty smell, with a little hop aroma.
Dark amber color, with a head that isn’t much to speak of, leaving virtually no lace.
Taste is strong, nutty, biscuty, dry, some notes of dry fruit and vanilla. This is pretty malty but certainly not too sweet.
Palate is sharp with lots of carbonation. A very nice winter ale.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle thanks to John. Clear chestnut-colored pour with big off-white head. Slightly buttery, malty caramel nose; slightly roasty. Sour metallic notes on the palate. More caramel, some light spice. Confusing to my palate. Odd. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Pours a nice rich amber color with an off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, roast, and spicy. Flavor is caramel, toast, spicy, and a bitter peppery finish. fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2012
A hazy red beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is nutty, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is vanilla, wood, and sweet malt. BVery (10600) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Clear amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel malt and nut. Taste is similar, and a touch bitter late. Not really my style, but not bad.