slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
this one was at a little bit of a disadvantage being a year old, but it’s what they had at the local retarded beer store (they didn’t even know how long they’d had it, but there was a small stamp on the bottle. anyway, it had a decent hop bite in the aroma, but after that kind of fell apart. nondescript is the best adjective for this beer. it’s not really an amber, but i can’t really say where it would fit better either. a little dark, muddled malt aroma and especially flavor. nothing bad, but really nothing exciting. maybe I’ll get a fresh one one day, but it really wasn’t very intruiging. too much carbonation?"
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle from a Bonita liquor store: Created a fluffy foam head while the liquid was a dark brown leather color. There is still aroma considering the fact that this bottle was from last year because there is evidence of roasted malts and dashes of spice. The flavor has still held up with a light toasty malt backbone and nutty brown ale like taste. The spice is minor and in the distant background, but to hard to determine what the most similar spice is it is in comparison with. Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2/3/2010. From bottle. Amber color with a white head. Caramel aromas with malt, spices and light hops. Nice seasonal flavors with spices and malt. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasted and had good lacing. Good toasted malty and small hop aroma. Medium body with slick smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate toasted balanced smooth flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex session brew.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
15-Dec-10 (12-oz bottle: Purchased 29-Apr-09 for $1.69 at Hi-Time Wine Cellar in Costa Mesa, CA) While this beer may have aged a bit too long for some people, this beer is really hitting its stride for my tastes. Savory aromas of earth, dried leaves, grilled meat, winter spices, prunes, and a touch of soy lead nicely into flavors of molasses, earthy nuts, forest floor, wood, dark toast, dark chocolate, prunes, and baking spices. Medium in weight with average carbonation and a delightfully dry mouthfeel from entry to finish. The body is clear, medium-brown in appearance and is capped by half an inch of light-tan head that settles to a wide ring and patchy film, leaving delicate doily lacing on the glass. Quite enjoyable!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
It’s a deep chestnut in the glass with a thinnish but dense and creamy khaki head. Leaves sheeting lace. There’s a nutty, malty aroma intertwined with a biting herbal hop smell.
The first sip delivers lots more hops than I expected. Spicy, herbal hops balanced by a nutty sweet malt. Sticky finish but a relatively light mouthfeel.
Be forewarned...if you’re looking for a big, bold winter warmer, you won’t find it here. But it is well-balanced and an easy drinker. As long as you’re not expecting it to hit you over the head, it’s well worth checking out. pressboxjoe (464) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. Amber ale? This looks and smells like a barleywine. Ok ... Sweet, malty, pruney aroma. Grapes, peaches, cherries, apples ... it’s a produce department on the nose. Flavor bitter, grape juice and underripe apples. High in flavor and aroma but not necessarily flavors and smells I love. Bit metallic. Travlr (24755) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Very dark maroon color with a scant tan head and no significant lacing. Lots of malt flavor, but also lots of hops - unusual to find both so prominently displayed in a winter ale. Light spice, probably cinnamon. Very drinkable. iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2009
hoppy and sweet on the nose...quite pleasant. dark pour with lots of off white head.Slight hoppiness...light toasty notes. relatively flavorless. watery mouthfeel. nice on the palate. slight sweetness to the finish. ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Saw this one on sale for $2.99 a six pack at Big C’s so I thought I’d pick it up. Pours black with a hint of mahogany and small white head. Aroma is of piney hops, roasted malt, and vanilla. I taste candied sugar, pine, licorice, milk chocolate, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is pretty watery for a winter beer. Very Christmasy though. This one is OK but just seems to be lacking something. Not so complex, not that impressing. Had much much better Christmas ales.