oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber. Aromas of malts/toffee/spice. Flavors of malts, caramel, spice, and a lightly bitter finish.
jake65 (2810) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark amber pour with a rich, creamy tan head. Nose is malty with a subtle spice. Picking up the ginger and orange peel per the description. Flavor has an increase in intensity, relative to the aroma. A little more maltiness along with a strong orange and ginger presence. Picking up a little cinnamon too, which I could do without. Still, this is flavorful and refreshing overall.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber of Winter Ale. Pours black with ruby edges and a foamy beige head that fades. Aroma has a mild sweet spice. Taste has the same spice which is fairly mild along with roasted malts. Fizzy. Decent, reminds me of a Dr. Pepper.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby broen clear with a small tan head. The aroma is buttersctoch, tobacco smoke, vinouos, quite nice. Flavor is a smokey sweetness thourghout pepper and grapes also. Medium dry body with a bitter finish. Nice stuff.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red-brown. Weird nose, starts out smelling like butterscotch and then immediately jumps over to smelling smoky, no real transition. Very strange. Tastes like grapes with loads of pepper, then gets the quick hit of smokiness. It’s a bit sulfury, kind of like the smell of a match. Does have a nice palate, film coats the mouth nicely.
Darkmagus82 (1918) - - JAN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby color bordering on mahogany. Upon pouring there is a small off white head of a tan colored foam. The head fades moderately quickly, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is sweet and roasty with lots of roasted malt smells, containing some smoke and a good deal of sweeter cherry, plum, and raisin. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of a light yeasty aroma as well as a little bit of spice of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste – The taste begins with a blend of sweet and roasty, with the sweet being a mix of a molasses taste with that of some darker fruit flavors of cherry, plum, and raisin. Along with these flavors come a little bit of spice upfront, being mostly of a cinnamon and nutmeg. While the spice is very light upfront, it grows quite a bit stronger as the taste advances, with the cinnamon becoming one of the more dominant flavors. The sweetness increase a little bit as well, with it gaining a little more fruit at the expense of a little bit of the molasses. With just a hint of coffee, some light booze, and a surge of the more sweet flavors at the very end of the taste, one is left with a nice sweeter and warming, decently but balanced, spiced, flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the darker roasted and light boozed flavors the feel is rather nice, as it accentuates these well, all while the moderate carbonation level does rather well for the fruit and molasses. Overall the feel was rather nice and balanced, never leading to one component of the brew from becoming too overwhelming.
Overall – A rather nice winter warmer overall, with a good fruity and sweet base mixed with a nice roasty and balanced spiced and boozed flavor overall.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown with an off white head. Aroma has some sourness and butterscotch. Taste is smokey and buttery with toasty malts some brown sugar, spiciness and fruits. Very subtle carbonation with a nice medium body.
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old bottle. No date.
Pours a graham brown with some surface etchings of light tan foam. Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar and some oxidized malts. Tastes of dark, sweet malts, some rye cracker, some coffee grounds and a bit of cinnamon still. Medium bodied with low carb and an off dry finish. I kinda expected this to be infected or overly brutalized by oxygen, not the case. Decent enough
Serving type: bottle
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Redish amber color with a tiny tan head. Medium bodied. Aroma: alcohol, butterscotch, smoke, grapes. Taste: vinous grapes, butterscotch, pepper, smoke, toasted grains. Interesting.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Could be the best beer that Bitter Root does. Very nice pour out of the bottle. Decent head, with nice sweet malt up front. Hops are there, and it finishes with a strong alcohol taste. Like Kaya said, will be even better in March.