npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2001
A wonderful, complicated beer. Tangy fruity nose, and a solid, sweet malty body with notes of cherry and apricots. Finishes off with an awesome buttery/chocolatey palate. I agree with their hype that this is a winter warmer one could drink the year round. gripweed57 (2804) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2017
From old tasting notes. Deep ruby red, brown color topped by a rocky beige head. Spicy, aromatic malt/hop nose. Peppery, bittersweet roasted malt flavor hints at radicchio and espresso. Wonderful malt/hop balance. Lacks residual sweetness common in Winter Warmers. Very tasty, nonetheless. Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2001
Very complex brew, with a very deep, malty aroma with notes of pear, black cherry soda, honey, and
demerara sugar, and malty, fruity body , and a syrupy finish. DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
.................................................. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2004
Rareity the I go out on a limb with a brew unheard of but I was game 6% abv... sweet cherry with tang and warming malts. Reminds me of those soda pop cap candies I used to have as a kid. Great stuff!
Tmoney99 (14863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Single bottle from local state store. Poured dark brown with an average frothy off-white head that diminished quickly with good lacing. Good complex tart fruit malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex after dinner beer. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
11.2 oz bottle
imdownthepub (15137) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2003
This was lurking on a back shelf at the local store. For only $2.00 I willing to give it a shot. In the end it was a nice discovery although I am not the biggest fan of this style. Still if you are either trying to count down English counties or just prefer lighter drinking beers this is worth investigating. You could do far worse.
Aroma / Appearance - The short lived pillowy head bobs on a sea of dense brown fluid. The reddish gradient gives it is a nice contrast against a setting sun. Chocolate truffle, caramel, and overdone white toast surprise the nose with more complexity than you would think.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of a caramel filled chew washes across the tongue followed by mild malts. Tasting much like a butterscotch treat it has some depth but does not overwhelm the palate with options. Virtually sessionable my only objection would be that after a while the flavors begin to collect on the back of the throat. The chocolaty finish is not bad but also overstays its welcome. Nonetheless this is a nice value at $2.00 and possibly worth picking it up if it is available in your area and you want something different.
Bottled, pasteurised. Red brown beer. Dark sweet fruity flavours, a healthy 6.0% giving a warming glow. Best drunk on the warm side. pilsnerrogge (2987) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2002
Another Usher-ale that ends up being a bit too sweet for it's own good...... RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Quite pronounced caramel aroma. Flavor is comparatively quite a bit drier and lighter than expected, a bit like dilute caramel, but pleasant drinking all the same.