Thanks to the Smith twins for bringing over a bottle of this a couple months ago. I invited them over recently so we could all taste it together. Enjoyed alongside Angry Cedar's Chocolate porter, and several others. I found it difficult to get in a lengthy review when company is over.
Appearance: Dark red amber color with a high accumulation of bubbles on the side of the glass. Head is off white and cream color. Pretty well retained. Lacing cascades down the walls of the glass. partial color inhibitory haze, but generally quite clear
Aroma: Sweet and full of a malt based scent. Very rich. Caramel malts run rampant through the smell. Nutty and briefly roasted. In combination, it all comes down to a toasted scent.
Taste: Floral bight and very nutty, especially in the finish. The sweetness borders alongside brown sugar, but complimented with a caramel malt bill and a rich toasted malt finish. The end is a lot more bitter than other beers I've had, but this still boasts a nice malt bill to balance it out. I don't get any spices in this beer, which actually makes me appreciate it even more, since its emphasis lies primarily on the malt base.
Mouthfeel: Bigger bodied, and definitely smooth. Both refreshing and heavy. Large hop finish helps round out this beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with a velvety texture. Carbonation really helps push the flavors into a maximal complexity
Overall Impression: I liked the richness of the malt, backed up by a brief bitterness and an alcohol to balance. Rich, smooth and creamy. My definition of a winter warmer!