worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Dark brown almost black with a creamy, lasting, creamy, frothy head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, nut. Medium thin body. Frothy. Tastes of toasted malt with some roast, nut, dark fruit and lots of sweet malt. Nice bitter ManVsBeer (10969) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Ruby coloured ale with a nice creamy head. Plenty of winter fruitiness in both aroma and taste, somewhat dry in the latter aspect. Gary (2088) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
cask @ The Coopers . Rochester. Drank from a jug ! a real ’grandpha’ type of ale that would go well with chess and slippers ...Im 31 years old and can say this tepid brew is not bad . It gives me the illusion of feeling drunker than its 5% booze would create after just one or two ! Its maybe because the treacly palate and rich fatty mouthfeel make this beer feel heavy and tougher than it truly is ! The flavours are almost sicky with notes of sugar coated raisin ...burnt liquorice ..burnt caramel roast and loads of syrup ....All in all this aint bad .... Beersiveknown (5303) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 23, 2012
Hazy dark bown and fairly flat. Tastes and smells ok so no point returning it. Molasses, white bread and caramel malt. Low carbonation, sweet, thick mouthfeel, slight cardboard, no bitterness, light redcurrants. mr_h (6008) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear brown, thin off-white head, roasted malt and fruity aroma, caramel malt, sweet, malty aftertaste
Theydon_Bois (20886) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
Served on cask at the Rose and Thistle, Frimley Green into a UK pint glass (Jan ’12). Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
The colour was a dark rich, brown, darker than mid brown and a decent half finger of white head that remained pretty much throughout the first 2/3rds of the drinking experience.
In terms of smell, fruits of the dark and dried variety stand out, along with spices and a little malt aroma.
Tastewise, definately dominated by the fruits and malts, quite a complex mix of different malts going on, also caramel/toffee/sugars, a toasted flavour blending in with the spices present (maybe a pinch of nutmeg/cinnamon?).
A fairly full bodied beer for 5% with a certain amount of chewiness, I took my time over this one! A Bitter/soured aftertaste.
Nothing signafies the count down to my festive activities like my first pint of this amazing winter ale. This seasonal beer could only be improved by being available all year round! tombyars (1776) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
First had this winter warmer in Gabriels, Paisley in January 1995. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a creamy white head. Slight stout like aroma from black malt and nutty roast malts as well. Dark malts give a sweet millionaire shortbread like taste with smooth creamy caramel and sweet raisin and sultana fruit notes full in the mouth. Dry hops appear in the short bitter aftertaste. Malt returns in the sweet vinous finish with port like flavours tangy in the palate. A classic Winter Warmer. ads135 (5053) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Caramel candy finish to a watery, licorice and coffee flavored beer. Clear amber brown with a small head. Too much caramel. markas101 (2507) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Cask, The Devonshire Cat, Sheffield. Deep ruby brown, chocolate chocolate aroma. Sweet and bright, mellow with a long chocolate finish.