prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Sampled at Food and Froth. Good. Exactly what it claims to be, nothing more, nothing less. Nice for a cold snowy night. 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.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours dark brown color with a light tan head. Very nice sweet toffee malt aroma with some dark fruits. Great roasted complex malt flavors, chocolate, caramel and toffee with a hint of dark fruit. Very easy to drink, easily the best of the winter mix 12-pack. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Had on tap at Murphy’s pub in Champaign. Pours a reddish-brown with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Both the nose and flavor were a very good mix of caramel, coffee and licorice, with the taste more dominant than the aroma. As the ber warmed, the licorice became more overpowering than the other elements, , which led to a tingly mouth and warming finish. Not a bad winter warmer at all. 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 (6366) - 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 (2366) - 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. PintPiner (22) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Slight aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Initial big foamy tan head that quickly subsides to nice small layer of foam with good lacing. Clear, dark mahogany when held up to the sun. Mild carbonation. Medium-light body. Slight tangy spice up front, chocolate and roasted nut with a hint of coffee and burnt carmel. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2011
A - Dark garnet brown color with a decent sized, foamy, light, frothy, off white head. Nice retention leaving a nice creamy lace.
S - Roasted barley and caramel are quite strong. Sweet but a good amount of spice. A touch of earthy and floral hops.
T - Roasted barley, caramel and some baker’s chocolate. Quite porter like. Mid sip some earthy hops come out and maybe a touch of floral hops. A touch of nuttiness. Spice shows up later in the sip with an earthy and slightly wintery spice flavor. Similar to a hoppy porter.
M - Fuller side of thin body with average carbonation. Smooth, but a little thinner than I would like.
D - Goes down easy enough, but it isn’t overly interesting. Doesn’t quite do the warming job that I would really like in a winter warmer, but not a bad beer to sip on a couple on a cold night.
Notes: Reminds me of a slightly hoppy and spiced porter. Mayber a slight English taste (hops or yeast possibly). Not bad, but nothing really engaging or intriguing. bytemesis (8805) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear rich chestnut, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty, dark breads and a bit of smoke. Flavor is similar, medium sweet, light bitter, a bit smoky, nutty, pumpernickel, molasses, touch of orange zest. Medium body, low acidity and a bit creamy in the mouth. Solid beer.