superspak (2130) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 02/15/2012. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange, pine, herbal, bread, pine, toasted malt, and light spiciness. Some nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, herbal, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bread, caramel, herbal spiciness, and citrus on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Very drinkable and smooth for 7.2%. Overall this is a very nice and drinkable amber ale. Nice hoppy and spicy flavor, with good malt balance.
KajII (763) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a hazy medium orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that diminished into a puddle of residue which in turn created streaking sheets of lacing.
The aroma was of a mild bread malt, pine hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, coriander, a bit of clove and just a touch of alcohol.
The taste was malty and mildly sweet with notes of caramel and toffee early on and then progressed into a nice bitter hoppy flavor that had notes of some dark fruit and spices with a hint of alcohol at the end. The flavor lingered for a nice long time and left a nice spicy malty flavor on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and a tad watery in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall a nice bold Winter Ale that had just the right amount of spices and a great hoppy finish.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear golden amber with billowing head and slight lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, toast and an undeniable similarity to Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which I associate with cinnamon and honey, but I don’t think that is in here, so not sure where that aroma is coming from.
Taste: Light malts of biscuit, toast and mead, with a nice layer of spicy English hops on top, which has a tinge of citrus and pine. Still getting some very light winter spices.
Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish.
Overall: Nice ale overall that does not seem to fit any known style. Kind of an English Strong Ale, kind of an Amber Ale, kind of a Spiced Winter Warmer (despite the lack of spices). This seriously confuses the hell out of me, but if I put my beer reviewing hat away, it is clear that I really enjoy it.
Elnordon (4) - - DEC 29, 2011 does not count
3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was not expecting the hoppiness of this beer, and as I am not particularly fond of hoppy beers I will not be drinking it again. I imagine it would get more positive reviews if the labeling was more informative.
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jhamp9 (927) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark copper with a two finger white head. Left a bunch of lacing. Aroma was spicy hops. Taste was mostly hops and quite bitter. Not bad but won’t but it again.
Nsanders (398) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange and rather bubbly. Smells of alcohol, bitter bread. Bitter flavor. Medium body. Not that great...
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma pine and floral. Flavor is bread and pine . Medium body. Good drinkable beer. Has quite a hoppy kick to it.
BVery (5447) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear orange pour with a smaller head. Aroma is toasted bread, caramel, and kinda funky. Medium palate. Taste is burnt caramel and very hoppy - a bit unbalanced.
J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good roasted malt aroma with a spicy edge to it. Crystal clear bright copper color with a foamy white head. Lightly sweet caramel taste with a little bubblegum in the background, but this is dried out by toasted bread and earthy hop bitterness. Somewhat creamy texture, but light and smooth drinking. Leaves a puckering bitterness behind that demands another sip.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Quite the hoppy winter ale with just enough sweet caramel undertones to make for an easy drinker. Having a hard time with the classification of this brew - some sites show this to be a strong ale but it is more along the lines of a hoppy amber ale. I’d recommend some spicy chicken fajitas or perhaps some spicy fish tacos to pair up with this brew.