stchloe (807) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitiely one of the best for winter ales. Deep copper body with plenty of caramel malt notes, spicy hop profile adds the right amount of winterness.
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours hazy/cloudy light brown, orange tint, with a creamy reviving light beige cap, some retention and lacing. caramel spicy maltiness, peppery toffee, nutmeg and cinnamon, roasted berries, earth, dirt and pine; booze, bit of sweetness - burnt sugars, grass, clean yeast. light carbonation - weak bubbles, medium body - oily; assertive if not slightly harsh citrusy-spicy-piney finish. o-k.
drsandman (505) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper brown, off white head. aroma is spices, clove, floral hop, plum. Flavor is sweet dark fruits, spiced grain, earthy hop. Med body, med sweet.
skoisirius (1814) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice winter ale. Caramel notes into bits of plum and a nice hop rush with roast towards the finish.
Bookseeb (125) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is a dark brown copper color supporting a thin dissipating head leaving patchy lace. Smell of dark specialty malts, dark fruits with a light sweetness. Taste has a rich flavor of the dark fruits, strong malt backbone with a touch of hops to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and slick. A very nice strong ale thats an easy sipper on the coldest days.
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 16, 2015
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 12.23.13.
A: Slight head. Cloudy dark amber.
S: Sweet malt, fruity. Maybe has raspberry.
T: Black pepper, toast, bitter hops. Some fruit.
O: The black pepper hits very hard along with a strong bitterness. A terrible burnt aftertaste then takes over. This one is not balanced at all. I thought that it might have been a bad bottle, but at 7% ABV, it should have held up. This went down the drain.
mjg74 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Walmart. Deep amber/brownish in color. Rich, slightly sweet malty nose. Quite rich and malty up front. Finish is strong on the grapefruit peel. Strong roasty ale with a bitter finish.
liquidhedonism (267) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty and nutty, with hints of leather, caramel, and toast. Taste/Palate: starts sweet and crisp, and finishes creamy with a long bitterness.
chinchill (2552) - 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 (1958) - 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 (5573) - 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