Craftbrewhaha (80) - - NOV 17, 2015
Wonderful cinnamon and chocolate on the nose. Smooth drinking Winter Ale with just a touch a spice, nothing overwhelming. Perfect for sitting down with on those cold winter evenings. Definitely one for the holiday seasons! mages64 (72) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Big chocolate and slice notes with almost a nutty undertone. Big malt sweetness without being too heavy. Extremely delicious as a winter ale with a nice heat kick on the back. Amazing IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle from Sandys, San Luis Obispo, picked up by Odeed; Thanks Jake; Nose of vegetable chilies, chocolate, and caramel; clear, very dark brown with red fringes; one finger, extremely lomg-lasting, glass-lacing, tan head; flavor of chocolate, sweetnees, vegetable flavor of chilies, but no real heat since anchos are very mild, caramel, spices, and a tiny bit of tartness for a finish. Could be a porter without the chilies! Now this is a chili beer! fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Dark brown in color. A ton of spice in the aroma. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and mace. Some chocolate and wonderful dark malty caramel. very good. MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Tasting notes from 1/4/08
Sampled from bottle. Pours a deep brown with a minimal amount of tan head. Aromas of cloves, cinnamon, some burnt wood. I poured this when it was still on the colder side, everything seemed muted. As it reads on the bottle "Be sure to enjoy it cool, rather than cold to fully appreciate it’s complexity". It is true, as it warmed the flavors really began to reveal. Bitter chocolates, spicy chilies, cinnamon, cloves, some vanilla. A really nice warming effect on the back of the palate. There seems to be something very special about this beer. Very original, not like any other winter ale. Outstanding!
BillKismet (4041) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Deep brown with red underpinnings and an okay head. This brew is akin to a Mexican mole beer. Absolutely superb and underrated. The bouquet is of rich, dry chocolate, and leather with the essence of cinnamon, and allspice massaged painstakingly in. Ancho chiles help round out the bouquet by provide an earthy spicyness. The beer delivers on flavor as well. Layers of medium chocolate rounded out by allspice and cinnamon nuances, all woven across an earthy ancho and leather malt tableau. Caramel chocolate finish. Delicious. riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, and roasted malt. The flavor has sweet chocolate, the cinnamon and nutmeg, and some roast. A little bit of dark fruit appears as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel with a rather clean finish with just a touch of spice lingering. One of the best winter ales I have enjoyed this season. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
From a bottle,coriander is the strongest flavor on my palate,a great example of a wit for a california beer. BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Pours a fantastic medium brown with 1 finger. The aroma is of brown sugar and a great Belgian spice! Taste follows the nose. Thus us just a great winter warmer beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
bottle from Pizza Port. Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet spicy and pepper aroma and taste with some peppermint notes. Quite good.