jb (3454) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Hot damn this is righ on. Totally nailed belgian dark strong. The nose of dark fruit, the appearance of dark clear orange, the palate with the totally hidden booze and thick mouthfeel and palate. A big winner, true to style (though mislabeled on ratebeer). jsquire (4674) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2016
This pours a jewel-like garnet color out of the bottle with only the barest of off white heads. There is a lot of booziness to this beer, both in the nose and the flavor. The nose has some tart cherry notes along with the alcohol. Cherry and plum fruitiness with lots of brown sugar and some molasses sweetness. And the alcohol. This is a little hot for me. Bricks (1160) - Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Appearance a nice reddish brown, but lifeless. Smell is sweet malt, licorice.. almost like a bad Christmas candy. Taste of malty licorice sweetness, a bit of an awkward spice on the backend. jc1762 (1652) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Thanks altonbrownd for the bottel! Poured into a snifter showing well filtered dark brown with brown leather quickly dissipating foam.
The nose shows a lot of honey with a bed of tart cherries.
The palate is moderately carbonated and full bodied. Honey forward flavor that integrates well with the malts and bing cherries in the background. Not bad but not great. Slightly cloying towards end. wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2016
Pours a clear dark garnet brown with a full small bead pale tan head. Aroma is dried dark fruit caramel and a bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dried dark fruit, caramel, licorice and molasses. Almost cloyingly sweet with ABV noticable after the swallow. Very smooth and delicious.
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. very boozy smell and taste. this distorted the rest of the flavors. An ok beer. Seems over hyped to me. cobaink2 (843) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2016
2015 vintage. Upon opening a bit of off flavors and maybe a bit of vinager. Once you stit down with it there is little carbonation. Flavor notes of cinimon stick, 5 spice, Molassesand brow sugar . Not bad but could be better. rentonj7 (250) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Deep red amber with minimal head. Nose is cherry, honey, mulled spices. Taste is Christmas - warming spices, thick honey, cherry tartness, slightly medicinal. Syrupy mouthfeel. I’m sure there are "better" takes on whatever this style is but it’s good and the holidays are made for nostalgia. Look forward to it every year. Panzuriel (2446) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Location: 12 oz bottle from Christmas beer exchange
Appearance: Rich honey amber. Slightly hazy. Fine to no foam.
Nose: Rich sweet malt. Stone fruit. Hints of spice. Candied caramel.
Taste: Sweet candied fruit and honey. Alcohol evident. Touch of spice.
Body: Thicker and maybe approaching syrupy.
Parting thoughts: A very weighty but tasty winter beer. a decent winter warmer for sure.
Claves77 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Aged 3 years. Spicy strong alcohol smell. Beautiful deep amber color, little head. Strong upfront and lasting palate.