Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Dark brown color, spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon (?), some chocolate in the finish. On the thin side. drpimento (3641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Has a dark mahoganey color, nice light tan head with good lace. Malty, bittersweet all the way through. Dark ripe fruit, roasty, some alcohol. This year’s had no dryness that some previous year’s versions had which I preferred over this. Good carbonation. Had it on draft at the Bodega downtown La Crosse. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours a clear dark brown color with a small amount of wispy white lacy head. Aroma is a bit of brown sugar and nothing else. Flavor is very sweet and brown sugary once again, with bits of caramel. Overall, pretty watery and weak, but decent enough for a session winter brew. Tmoney99 (14501) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small rocky head that diminished slowly. Good malty brown sugar aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Moderate roasted malt flavor with a good bitter finish. Good drinkable brew. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Pours a dark brown fairly translucent still a decent tan head w/ some nice lacing. Some nice malt aroma light brown sugar and some key wheat notes and a light spice w/ some tiny bitter hints. Pal is fairly well carbonated and pretty well coated. Flavor is reminscent of a fuller nut brown ale. A good roasty malt aroma and a nice light bitter finish some light walnut flavor hint of brown sugar. Could be bigger to be great but pretty good.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Draught at Isabella’s in Dubuque, IA. Clear dark dark brown. Smells mostly of brown sugar and alcohol. These come out again in the flavor along with black licorice. Moderately carbonated. Oily mouth fell. barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
(draft) had a decent flavor, but there wasn’t much flavor to it. I kept getting hints of spices and such, but the hints faded as soon as I started to detect them. Good, but not great. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2003 vintage. Clear amber hued ale having a small diminishing head. No discernable carbonation. Sweet malt and toffee aroma. Medium bodied that starts with a spicy, chocolately, light toasty candy malt flavor, similar to chocolate-coated malt balls. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. This is a good drinkable beer, just like drinking liquid candy. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
A bit thin and watered down on the tongue. Has notes of chocolate, roasted caramel sweetness, and toffee, but also thin and disappointing. KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Brown, clear with a reddish tint. Hints of coffee, carmel, cherry, prune and licorice. OK, but not one of my favorite winter ales.