Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to DarkElf! Poured a beautiful medium copper/orange with a finger’s worth of off-white head. Warm, powerfully hoppy aroma (fresh grapefruit and pine tar, dried flower and grass)... held in check by soothing caramel and a subtle spiciness. Very smooth and tingly mouthfeel with some hoppy oiliness to it. Grapefruit and pine bite the tip of the tongue, transitioning to smooth malty caramels and sweet pine notes. Floral hoppage and spices complement the grapefruit and caramel on the warming finish. This was just fantastic!
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours a golden copper color with a small white head. Nose is of butterscotch, pine and earhy/grassy hops. Taste is the same with a bitter pine oily alcohol finish. Cardboard and metallic aftertaste. Sorry, i don’t get what the big deal is over this, i find it WAYoff the mark and am pouring the rest of the bottle down the drain...did i get a bad bottle?! will end the night on a DFH 90 minute....
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured orange with a white head. Aroma was citrus hops, orange peel, and floral notes. The flavor reminded me of a barley wine. The alcohol was very noticable, and again this just tasted like a poorly made BW. Finishes alcoholic and really dry.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa, take a look at that head! Big, billowy and NEVER goes away. Not like your typical IPA. Kinda like the offspring of an IPA and a barley wine. Lots of sweet, malty flavor in here, very reminiscent of a barley wine, but plenty of dry, grassy hop bite and a hint of citrus. Very nice.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 bottle. Poured a nice amber color, with a Huge head, nice lacing. Alot of citrus, resin, Tons of hops, Great flavor. Not too noticable alcohol, could have mellowed from age, but not much.. Awesome
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is good stuff. Surprising amount of malt. Nice baking spices, quite thick mouthfeel. Don’t know if it quite lives up to the hype, but it is pretty good beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium amber color. Beautiful off-white to tan head. Head is long lived, lacing is phenominal!! The entire Christmas tree must have been wrung into this beer!!! Just a huge pine aroma. Exquisitely balanced with malt and hop. Sweet malt and piney/floral hop in flavor. Medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Truly delightful.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(from previous rating when I thought there was only one Yulesmith) bottle. beautiful orange-amber color with a small white head. nose of piny ’west coast’ hops with a nice balance of malt. taste The best balnced double ipa i have tasted makes this very drinkable. I want a case of this...make it available in western mass!
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one from Julio’s liquors in Mass. Pours orange\amber with a large beige head. aroma of citrus, hops, fruit, and orange peel galore. The flavor is loaded with citrus, moderate hoppy bitterness, smooth alcohol, caramel, fruit, and leaves you with a great mouth feel. Excellent malty body, great brew.
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted with OhioGuzzler and side-by-side with YuleSmith (Summer)...
The Winter YuleSmith is deep copper/amber in color with a big off white head (definitely darker than the Summer YuleSmith). It has a wonderful caramelized sugar aroma that wafts all around you. it has something else deep in the aroma that I can’t pinpoint. Flavor is very malty with a hefty amount of warming alcohol to back it up. The finish as a nice bitterness to round out the overall flavor - not too much, but just right. Overall, it is quite balanced as the alcohol doesn’t really blow you away, but it is there. It also has a creamy mouthfeel that I’m really digging. Unfortunately for this beer, Arrogant Bastard is *almost* as good and half the price.
22 oz bottle (2005, 8.5% alcohol), $8.99 at From the Vine.