Pours clear with several inches of tan, thick, frothy foam. Retention is about average while the foam thickening continues. Lacing is thin but sticky while sporadic.
Aroma is roasted and nutty aroma. Citrus/grapefruit hops are there too. Clean yet soft aroma.
Taste is much more bold. Roast malts are accented by nut, chocolate, and even coffee malts with the latter two coming through and lingering towards the end into the finish. Bitterness is there but mild.
Light end of medium body with medium carbonation being a stretch. Lots of hops that dry the palate.
Much different then I expected for a winter release beer that bills itself as much besides. Instead of a bunch of crappy spices, there were nice malts blended with a pleasant helping of hops. A winner. Enjoy !