FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours an absolutely brilliantly clear, burnt amber color. It is topped by an initially three-finger thick head that leaves some light lacing and is a pale tan color. The aroma is sweet smelling; leaning towards malt, but with some definite fruitiness as well. There seems to be some low level spiciness here as well (of the sweet baking variety). I wonder if this has spices in it, though if it does it is quite subtle. Boozy aromatics of alcohol and berry extracts combine to give this a nose similar to, though not as concentrated as, a cheap berry liquor.
The beer is fairly sweet, yet still relatively thin. It finishes with a sweet boozy beeriness that is definitely a bit off putting. A berry like fruitiness is prominent, but this seems to be stripped of all of the malt character that would lend complexity to this beer. This tastes like it is highly filtered, it is just missing a depth of character that would make it drinkable. The strong boozy character, straight forward fruit and lack of depth combined, make this beer something I don’t particularly want to drink.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from first batch into my local market. Pleasing clear red-amber color. The head is active, but quickly fades without much lacing. The foundation in this beer has a lot of potential, malt and hop-wise. It just needs more power for a winter brew. Complete this recipe, Big Sky--I double-dog dare ya.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a deep amber color with a good size off white head. Light lacing. Has a light sweet caramel malt aroma and flavor. Nothing fancy here. Medium body. Easy drinking and worth a try.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mohogany brown w/ a full semi creamy froth. Aroma of fresh candied malt. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are malty w/ candy fruit and spice. Has a finely roasted nutty character. Moderate bittering on the finish. Towards the end of the glass the brew becomes more watery and thin, losing it’s vitality. I had to swirl my glass around to conjure up more froth. This helped just enough to enjoy the last few sips. The hop profile on this is low so it’s easy to get down. Overall: a mellow brew with fruity malt and a roasted nutty character.
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber brown beer with a beige head. Rich malt, light roast, light spice aroma. Caramel malt and citrus hop flavor with some spice. Nice balance. Lingering malt with a bit of citrus bitterness. Just enough bitterness. Easy drinking.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown pour with no head. Caramel-sweet aroma makes you think this is going to be sticky sweet. The malt and hop profiles, however balance this one out into a very smooth, slightly spicy beer. Only problem was that I expected more from a winter beer, either in the alcohol content or overall flavor. Kind of weak in both areas, but still an enjoyable brew.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Thank to Degarth. Pours a dark amber almost brown. Bigtime crystal malt in this one, very sweet caramel and brown sugar come through, followed big by citrusy hops, not bad, but also not very christmas like, good beer just not really my style, too hoppy.
Headbanger (3723) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz pkgd 299 ’05-A hazy dark amber body with an off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of sweet malt. Taste of malt, honey, and caramel. Not a bad beer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Filtered and clear. Deep garnet almost brown. Webbing white head. Sweet malt nose. Hints of sweet wheat and toffee. Medium bodied and lively. Sugary, bready sweet, but with a great smack of hops. Great balance. Sweet rich malts and a bitter citrus hop finish. Bready malts and spicy hops. Nice!
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a clear bright coppery amber with a creamy off-white head that produces walls of lace. Sweet aromas of toffee and fruit moderated by grassy hops. The body is medium, mild carbonation. The taste is sweet with toffee, fruit, nuts, vanilla and some spice on the relatively quick finish. A bit of hop-bitter aftertaste.