michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, caramel malt, and resin. Poured orange/amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, tan head that lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, caramel malt, and slight resin. Medium to slightly full body. Smooth, slightly viscous texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy and caramel malt finish. A little boring but tasty nonetheless. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a two finger head that stuck around for a while. the body was a wonderful clear red in color
There is a great hop nose on this brew with a touch of sweetness from the malts. The flavor profile is hop forward with the bitter citrus upfront with a dry finish. It feels about medium in my mouth with good carbonation.
The brew is a easy to drink and much better than last years. Thanks again Dan. Stouts can make this one again in my book
Serving type: bottle
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - DEC 19, 2009
12 oz. bottle pours a ruby-amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is initially malty with honey then warms into gingerbread-type spices. Front palate is roasty caramel with a heartier, spicy middle. The rear palate pushes forward with a strong hoppy showing and a grassy aftertaste. radagast83 (8072) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2009
From 12 oz bottle. An amber color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is malty, with notes of caramel - definitely not the porter unless friends switched glasses on me after pouring. Sweet, malty, not overpowering, no real notable hop character outside some bitterness. An okay beer, but nothing spectacular. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Pours a clear amber with a smallish white head, leaves mild amounts of lacing... Aroma is more malty than hoppy with caramel malts dominating C hops... Flavor follows suit with malts dominating some nice hops resulting in a moderate amount of sweetness... Palate is somewhat thinner than i expected, and the mediumish body is not very lively... I much prefered the porter of the past few winters to this offering....
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle from Sam’s. Confused when I looked it up and the site had it labeled as a porter. Comparing what was in the bottle with the reviews made it clear this was not the same beer... and it’s not. They change it every other year. The new version is a hoppy amber, perhaps mildly spiced... or maybe that’s just the hop and malt profile. I do smell some mild nutmeg and pumpkin spices, sort of like pumpkin bread as well as a surprisingly big, bitter hop profile. Stands out among some overly spiced winter ales, and refreshing to have the hops. Full, warming palate... good for the season.