baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2001
Satisfying without being quite distinctive: not worth a special search, but worth drinking if it is in front of you. (Downgraded after I finished the sixpack I bought:
it just wasn't a beer I looked forward to every day.) lukedarock (246) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
This is a great lil winter ale especially for the price, sweet malts slightly bitter pine/spruce flavor comes through nicely will finish my six pack fast! whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Beer poured a nice, thick head and has a dark brown color. Lightly carbonated and leaves a nice lace around the glass. Tastes a lot like a Stout to me, with the flavor of coffee, caramel and chocolate persisting. Good brew. triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On cask. Pour opaque dark brown with a thin head that lasts. Moderate malt aroma, other aromas but can?t nail down. Wonderful malt flavor, some roast, caramel, hints of juniper. Medium-heavy body, light hop bitterness. I?m not getting the spices, just me. I?d try it again. MNAle (234) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Dark brown, 1/2 inch tan head with a "drippy" lacing. Moderate to light carbonation. Pleasant malt-fruit-tinged aroma. Thickish body and mouth feel. Take a drink and the hops bitterness hits first, followed by lightly roasted malt flavor. Then more bitterness comes through, but not overly so. This remains a nicely balanced ale front to back. Aftertaste is a mild lingering bitterness fading on the tongue.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich brown color with ruby highlights. It has a nice tan head that could use a bit more retention but produces nice lacing. Nose is full of nice mellow chocolate notes mixed with a hint of beady yeastiness. Flavor is full of chocolate flavors with a very underlying coffee-ness to it. I also pull just a hint of dark fruit out of it too. Very tasty. It has a nice full mouthfeel and is a little too easy to drink, being 5.9% abv, it can get you into trouble.
emeinz (224) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle to glass. Brown pour with small white head. Lots of caramel and toasty notes with some roastiness as well. A bit of cocoa also. Full bodied beer with a nice long finish. Also pick up hints of the spices as well. A pretty good winter beer. ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2003
served on tap a bit too cold... very dark, medium palate. slight dark malt odor.... boring. boring as hell. nellycale (213) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2015
From bottle. Pours a dark brown hue with a beige head. Decent lacing that slowly secedes. Aromas of dull spice, caramel, nutty and light dark chocolate and a hint of root beer, and cherry. Taste of chestnut, toasty malt, light smokey , moderately sweet, toffee, coffee, licorice and cola. Mouthfeel is light to medium with light to medium carbonation. Finishes fairly dry with a light hop spice. Well balanced. Malty, nutty up front with some hop spice on the finish. First time I had this, hated it. 2nd time around it 'a actually a very enjoyable winter beer. Temp outside -10 degrees = perfect beer to be drinking
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone 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.