JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
I stopped by the brewery last Saturday, November 29th, and was pleasantly surprised to be one of the first ones to sample this beer. It pours a deep mahogany color with a nice fluffy head. The first thing you are greeted with is a blast of fresh hop flowers. Unexpected, but certainly welcome. The dominant flavors are roasted molasses with some sticky cherries, combined with a hop presence that is balanced and delicious. Finishes crisply. Alcohol is well hidden. I look forward to enjoying much of this fine brew. These guys are making some excellent beers, and this is at the top. wu1sabes (25) - USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of malt with pronounced floral resiny hop aroma, pours nice creamy head with ideal lacing, taste is a perfect blend of malt and hops, finishes clean not too bitter, but not too complex, easy to finish, great winter beer and a good take on a rarely done style. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle 330ml. Exceptional. Aromas of burnt caramel, nuts, pine, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is sweet, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy white head. MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Purchased as a 12 oz. bottle from The BeerHive in Pittsburgh, PA. Hops leap off the foam to greet the nose and then the mystery begins. Layers of flavors greet the tongue as the creamy ale mixes in the mouth. Many complexities throughout and a wonderful aftertaste. Thanks to the owner of the BeerHive for his recommendation, else I may have passed this one over. aerodynamic (3) - - DEC 3, 2015 does not count
This is a perfect example of an old ale. Everything about it is delicious, and I love to keep a 6 pack around for 4th of July.
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2005
More of an IPA than an American Strong Ale. Really hoppy with a nice thick malt base to balance out the spiciness. Excellent! Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
This is surprising. At first the hop taste is strong, but the finish you get a jolt of spice at the end that lingers. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2009 Clear red amber with good, foamy off-white head / Nose of dry hops and flowers and caramel nose / Medium body, some sweetness, but more than hoppy enough to match the big malts, and with good, long, finish / Floral flavors of burnt sugar, violets, chrysanthemum, pine, dry hops, and toffee / Either my taste buds have improved, or this beer has since 2007. arojewski (58) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Points off for a less than appealing color to clarity, but otherwise excellent. Well masked alcohol content. Tastes like Christmas! justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle poured. Light head, mildly carbonated. Aroma is gorgeously caramel with cereally coffee notes. Dryish on the palate, it filled with alcohol first settling out to a not-quite-sour-but-nearly bitterness. A sweet almost tart lightly cooked vegetable (think for a chinese meal with ginger) flavour. This beer dances wonderfully around the mouth and has none of the heaviness you may expect from a (particularly British) Winter ale. A wonderful Old Man which suits (to type) vanilla ice cream but also (and atypically) a chinese spring roll. In fact go with the latter!