oRos (1126) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beercraft. Pours a dark amber red. With fluffy off white head. Aroma was hops. Some pine. The taste was toasted Carmel, with a nice balance of pungent hops.
mcberko (6696) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from 48FanInCali (thanks a lot, Austin), pours a deep dark amber / mahogany with a fairly large beige / tan head. Big aromatics with a perfect marriage of sweet caramel malts and a wallop of floral hops - very similar to YuleSmith Winter. Flavour brings out loads of dry caramel malts, and a slight roasty quality, followed by wonderful floral hops which leave a subtle astringency. The sweetness in the nose is contrasted by a more dry malt flavour. Extremely well-balanced with high drinkability. Another most excellent AleSmith creation.
beernovice39 (3140) - Montana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep red with a tan top. Scent is caramel, floral and citrus. Taste is caramel, bread, citrus a a bit of chocolate.
PhillyCraft (3312) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Keith. Poured a hazy amber with massive off white head, tiny bubbles good lace. Aromas and taste of caramel, candy sugar, hops, vanilla, plum and bitter pine. Finishes with a pretty big bite. Enjoyable but i prefer any ipa or pale over an amber.
thicksuds (435) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks and smells amazing, solid pour, frothy head, sweet smelling.
Taste is also good, imperial red ale, deep malty taste backed up by a solid hop punch. Has a fruity sweetness to it, and almost like a cask flavor element as well. Complex and very drinkable.
jkwood04 (4031) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tumbler. Pours ruby/brownish with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of a lot of caramel and toffee in the malts plus a good amount of citrusy hops. Flavor the same, with a very nice blend of hops and malts. Average texture. Another awesome Alesmith beer.
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Acquired in a trade. Enjoyed at fridge temperature in a tulip
A - Murky reddish brown, nice stout-like 3 finger tan head formed and reduced to half a finger pretty fast.
S - Very hop forward and dry hopped on the nose. chinook and simcoe and centennial. Lots of grapefruit and pine needles.
T - Nice up front clean and bright bitterness followed by an english malt backbone but finishes with a thump like stale water from a week old thermos. Sort of a candied sugar taste as it lingers around.
M - Almost a heavy body and drinks like a 9%+ ABV beer.
O - I love the nose and up front taste this beer delivers but it’s a thud of a finish.
bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours reddish/amber (more of a bright red when held up to a light) with an inch and a half light tan head that stayed around for a while. There’s a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells like floral and citrusy (grapefruit, oranges) hops, caramel malt, and some mint. It tastes like citrusy and pine hops, caramel, toasted malt, toffee and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, it’s definitely worth a try. $8.99 a bottle.
skmikeg (936) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ours a dark reddish amber with a nice three finger off white head with a ton of lacing. Aroma is very nice and is of pine resin, citrus, floral hops toasted malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and some nuts. Taste is of pine, citrus, sweet toasted malts, caramel, and some brown sugar. Has a medium body with a smooth, semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, slightly warming, well balanced finish. overall, tasty and well balanced amber ale that is now my new favorite for the style.
barn0216 (407) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, deep reddish brown, excellent creamy foam top and lacing on the glass. Resinous hop aroma with a touch of dankness. Some fresh grain. Bitter flavor, resinous again, not much else going on. Not bad but it is one dimensional.