djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2013 bottle. It is a slightly changed recipe. Pour is cloudy reddish brown with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet brown sugar, caramel. Taste is roasted sweet caramel malt, some dried fruit, slight earthiness, good round richness. HighlanderOne (1365) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Poured from bottle. Aroma of spice, hops and malt. Nice lookin dark mahogany with a bit of tan head. I taste a mix of roasted malt, banana, pepper, nutmeg, chive, lager hops and maybe some cocoa. Dry feel - just bit watery. A nice surprise. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-6-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a dark brown beer with a off white head of one and a half fingers. The head had a decent level of retention, fading over time to give a decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of caramel malt. Notes of chocolate and dark fruits are also mixed within giving it an overall rather sweet smell. With this is a light roasted nut aroma which rounds out the smell rather nicely.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and chocolate flavor upfront. Some toffee sweetness then enters the taste mixed with a nutty flavor. As the taste advances further the chocolate seems to get even stronger with a tiny bit of coffee, herbal hop and spice join the taste. In the end a roasted and sweet flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to medium side with a rather moderate carbonation. The lighter body makes for an easier drinking style, but with all the roasted and dark flavors of the brew it may have been a bit better with some chewiness and/or creaminess.
Overall – A nice blend of chocolate, sweet, roast, and spice flavors. While in some ways it drank more like a porter then a winter warmer it is a good easy drinking brew.
MNAle (216) - 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. BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2015
On tap at the ship 1 / 31 12. Dark brown, tan head nice lacing. Rosti but more multi. Flavor is roasty cocoa and clean finish. I really like this. They got this right.
beerman (8) - Monticello, North Dakota, USA - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
Got a keg of this and brought it to the cabin. It was a great drunk fest. Good dark brown to black beer color. Tan head. overall great tennisjoel (1484) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Aroma is molasses. Burnt roasted nutty flavor. A winter treat. A hint of chocolate; maybe even some cinnamon. Decent brew. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Reddish chestnut brown with small off-white head and slight lacing. Smells like toffee, spicy English hops, molasses, cherry and plum. A rich sweet malty smell that only somewhat remains throughout. Somewhat sweet toffee and fruit malt backbone taste, with notes of molasses, nuts and spicy hops. Could have used a little more spicy hops, but overall a nice malt character. Relatively low carbonation, smooth and creamy somewhat full body. This is really a rich, sweet and malty Brown Ale. Quite nice overall, but a little dull for a Winter Ale.
nuplastikk (6416) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2009
12oz shorty bottle. Deep brown-red-black with a big beige head. Dark sweet malt and maybe a touch of cinnamon in the aroma. Pretty nice actually. certainly not unlike Anchor OSA stylistically. The thick, sweet malt tones balance perfectly with the hops and spices. On the lighter side of full bodied, drinkable but full of depth and flavor as well. Really a tasty and respectable beer. portableparty (2379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pour brown dark copper with a nice big kahki head that leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is roasted nuts and malt with a subtle roasted nutty scent. Taste is more roasted malt and nuts along with soil and some subtle hops and spice. Palate is full and carbonated with a sticky chaulky finish. Very nice beer.