Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Nice bottle-conditioned appearance with a big depot at the bottom of an orange-amber hue mounted by a light off-white head. Piercing fruit salad aroma. Totally unexpected vinous grapes and fresh orangesand mango soaked in berry juice. Add a mild alcohol kick to it and you get the picture. As rich a fruity profile as almost any other beer. Sadly, once again, the taste didn’t live up to the anticipations created by the nose. It feels a bit stale, less fruity than the aroma, not so intense with flavors that don’t interact and is ultimately cloying. Thin-medium body seems a bit tired despite a soft carbonation. At one year old, this feels a lot older. thornecb (6149) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours a deep, clear orange and ruby tinged brown into a thistle. Off-white micro head recedes to skim surface leaving sheet lacing. Smoky orange aromas. Sweet smoked nuts with a creamy, short marshmallow and vanilla alcohol finish. I actually like this one, but it became a little cloying as it warmed which brings it down a notch or two. Also glad to see it is classified here as an English strong as it is certainly not a scotch ale as the label implies. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2013
It pours a light amber in color and has some visible carbonation seen rising in my nonic. A nice fluffy one inch white foamy head appears and lasts for about a minute before slowly dieing. The smell has some light aromas of caramel with some light spice as well. The taste is slightly sweet ranging closer to some light bitterness from the Christmas spices. The palate is medium centering on a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue. This is fairly drinkable. It leaves a bland aftertaste. Overall, I’m not really impressed with this one, but for the style, I’d say just average. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - slightly hazy amber beer - smells semi-tart, with undercurrents of wintery spices and cherries - the taste is much the same - a little tart up front, followed by a moderately sticky caramel sweetness - a little bit of gingerbread flavor - finishes a little grainy on the tail end - decent, but I question the style designation. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body. Sweet and malty, with a note of wood and apple. Dry fruit and malt. Light woodiness, simple with a dry finish.
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Thanks to jayli for sending this one along. Pours clear orange-gold with an off-white head. Nose is malt, cherry, slight hops, and Christmas air. Flavor is same, though a bit watered down. So-so overall. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours clear med amber with a think head and nice lace. Aroma is roasted nuts, toasty malts, ligth plastic and rubber off aroma and burning electrical cords with some pine hints. Flavor is roast a bit of burning, ligth sweetness, caramel and honey hints, matchstick and some sulfur off flavors. Harsh solventy mouthfeel. Something went wrong here. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2004
12 oz bottle. Medium-to-dark coppery complexion, smallish lasting French vanilla head. Simple but eloquent, powerful caramel nose; stunning malted-milk texture that sets off the simple, earthy sweet flavors and the dollop of finishing hops that keep the soft beer from becoming too mushy. Plummy, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon, but subtly done. So drinkable, so delcious, oh how I wish I'd bought more than one. Totally saves my opinion of this brewery; spectacular. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
Caramel, yeast and plenty of fruit in an aroma that is nice and spicy. Syrup, fruity, hoppy - almost barleywine-like. Burnished copper coloured with tan head that recedes to ring. Flavour unfortunately does not live up to the aroma - strong, bitter orange, light roastiness but somehow flat. There’s no peaks or valleys. Mouthfeel is still and plain. Probably best enjoyed fresh. One year old bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Ron (4258) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
On tap at McGregor’s. Amber in color with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma,caramel,toasted malt,vanilla.Malty flavor with a slight amount of hops and a clean dry finish. Not as spicy as other Winter ales.