chinchill (2924) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head.
The aroma is like a typical barleywine: fruity and lightly boozy.
The bitter flavor reflects a higher hop load than expected. The feel is slightly harsh.
O: disappointing, especially considering the fine aroma.
malrubius (2071) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brewfest. Brown with off white head and lace. Toasted caramel aroma with some woody spicy hops. Toasted caramel nuts and fruit sweetness with woody bitterness and lingering sticky sweetness. Medium full body. I still think seasonals should be special. Meh.
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Big Ass holiday tasting
Cloudy dark golden with a medium sized beige head, good lacing. Aroma and flavors of toasted malts, woody and smoky
monk191 (1272) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Starts off nice, but not very well balanced. Pours an absolutely beautiful ruby red with a thick tan head. Smells of fruit, vanilla, caramel, hops and pine. Taste starts with a bit of fruit and pine, but then is suddenly overwhelmed with a heavy bitterness that sticks around long after the sip. Would prefer a more balanced finish. Had in the bottle.
DrinkyCrow (99) - Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Strong dark ale. A little bitter but mostly malty. A good strong ale for the winter.
maxwelldeux (4160) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish dark amber color with a moderate tan head on there. I get a mix of bread and grass, with some boozy caramel notes in there. Taste is actually just a bit sweet up front, though with a crisp, slightly bitter finish.
mackRIS (37) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On nitro pours reddish brown. With great head and lacing from the nitro. Aroma is caramel, woody, vanilla, malt. Flavor is woody, alcohol, malt, caramel, toast, and a little harsh.
BrewMstr (129) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at Snow Basin beer festival, unveiling of this winter ale. Slight aroma, dark amber color. Smokey mingled with spices and nutty, toffee, caramel notes. Nice!
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
SOLID winter warmer. Malty and complex, the hearty aroma hits you right away. Roasted malts, hints of chocolate, bread, earth. Just enough hops to provide a little balance. Seemingly a beer that would lend itself very very well to barreling."
ACHops (949) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from a 10 Barrel variety pack, served in a tulip glass. A little early for a winter beer, but whatever. Pours hazy dark reddish caramel, with a medium thin lacy off-white cream colored head. Aroma is toffee and roasty caramel malt, just a bit of fragrant hops on the back. Taste is lightly sweet dark caramel malt, chewy thick roasted malt, light hop spice on the finish. Sweetness lingers throughout, but well-restrained along with the abv for a strong ale. None of the individual flavors jumps out to me, but I liked how this came together.