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 (4046) - 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 (3635) - 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.
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This guy poors a nice auburn color with a complementary tan head. I tend to find amber ales mediocre at best but this one is a man amongst boys. It tastes like a red ale only where you’d usually say blah, here you say, mmmm. Malt and carmel lord over this guy, with just enough hops to make sure everyone plays nice. There are some rich, buttery notes to this that translate into the mouthfeel which I found enjoyable. I do think there are more reasonably priced alternatives in this category
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aug 15, 2005, Christmas 2004 batch, courtesy of JCapriotti.
Translucent copper with a high tide like foaminess for the tan head. Honey dough, starch, nectar, garden variety hop bouquet and orange scrapings summarize aroma. Smooth on the palate with a nice backdoor bitterness that leans on sweet malt support enveloping flavors of caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Modestly resonates.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful dark hops aroma with some sweetness. Has a nice creamy head and a rich, dark bronze color. Possesses great sustained hops high notes with a substantial malt backbone. Nice and crisp at first which quickly transitions into a superb, well-rounded malt-driven mouth feel with very well-balanced alcohol. A great beer all around.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Deep hazy amber. Nice white head, a bit rocky that diminished as I drank the glass, but never fully vanished. Huge c-hops abundance. Lots of orange, flowers, grapefruit, pinneaple, and a hint of walnuts in the nose, wow, what a combo. Of course very hoppy palate, with the alcohol definitely detectable and an assertive bitterness. A nice malt profile backs it all. Well hidden 9.5%. Medium-thick body, creamy, smooth body. Terrific double red/IIPA. The question remains...Can I fight off killing the remaining bottles too fast? Probably not. Beautiful brew.
boto (2102) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 22oz bomber: This one is a clear amber color. There was a huge head on mine. The aroma has both notes of pine and citrus hops. Also some floral, fruit and caramel malt notes. A bit of a bitter bite to the beer (predominately citric), but nicely balanced by the presence of a slightly more than medium malt body. Some caramel malts and fruits peeking out from under the hops. It has a creamy texture to it. Extremely nice.