Ferris (5002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Lots of pine and caramel. Clear copper with a rich beige head. Balanced hoppy and very nice. I don’t get any of the chocolate or spice though.
mcberko (7236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Seattle Winter Beer Festival 2014, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma is pretty hoppy, with notes of Christmas spices, piney hops, and some bready notes. Flavour brings out lots of piney hops, along with bready, biscuity malt. Nicely balanced, with everything in good proportion. Good beer.
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Last Drop. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy light tan head that sticks around for a while. Big sweet grapefruity nose, very juicy and acidic, with moderately toasted caramel under that. Sticky thick body with lively carb. Sweet and tangy, lots of caramel and grapefruit on the mid palate. Dark, nutty, slightly earthy malt qualities as well. Big, forward, bruising ASA that actually drinks very smoothly and fairly cleanly. Most enjoyable.
andrewje41 (667) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bobs in Yakima. From notes 11-14-14. Pours a reddish copper color. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Really smooth flavor entirely throughout. Nice bitter hop presence in the finish. Long lasting, lingering flavor. Love the balance between hops and malt. Definitely stays true to the name, as it was about 20 degrees out when I was enjoying this, and I was doing just fine. Good stuff here.
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition festival 2014 - Pours brown with a small beige head. The aroma has mushy maltiness, nuttiness and not much in the hop department. It has a medium body with semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with mushy toasty malt, cardboard and caramel. The finish is very astringent. The idea of a "winter warmer" at a festival in April was a red flag I guess. I think Strykzone and I must have had samples out of two different kegs.
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Repeal. Dark brown and opaque. A smallish beige head. An earthy and malty aroma that belies the hops that are tasted. They dominate. Citrus and bitter. Malta are significant, too. The hops grow and to the finish are almost all that is tasted. No complaints here.
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Paddy’s in CDA, ID. Aroma is caramelly, toasted marshmallow, piney hops. Pours muddy brown with a long-sustaining beige head with excellent retention; leaves lace that sheets the glass. Taste is mostly hoppy bitter but there’s some caramel malt in the background. Tastes much more bitter than 70 IBU. This is a good, hoppy strong ale.