Beerathon (1536) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like the hops in this, especially for a winter ale. Big white fluffy head and burnt orange color. Not overly spiced, which is nice. A bit of a sweet malt backbone with a slightly floral nose.
maekchu (2667) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Village Wine and Spirits in Athens. Very gentle coffee nose. Reddish/brown, 2cm rocky tan head, and lotsa carb. Heavy dark caramel initial / harsh resiny hop bites and some spice in mid / goes to sweet malt, and leave a powdery choco note on the tongue. Medium body. Not bad. Very malty. Has a dirt sort of feel to it.
b3shine (6504) - Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent amber with foamy off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes of caramel and spices with a touch of chocolate. Average on the palate. Alright.
devman171 (1217) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours amber from a bottle, little head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, spice, herbs. Taste is malt, some bitterness, but a crisp mouthfeel. not tasting much spice, which is good. Unique and tasty, cant place the style.
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and strong. Alittle bit tiring after a while. Nice to drink in a couch whie watching some good tv show.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a lighter brown with a minimal tan head. This beer is sweet with some bitterness and caramel malts.
MadRobin (2340) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Trattoria La Festa in Stowe, VT.
Hazy, dark ruby brown with tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of bread, dark fruit, spice, hops and roasted malt.
Taste of dark fruit, spice, roasted malt, grapefruit, floral hops and brown sugar.
Medium body and high/medium carbonation.
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sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Lovely color between ruby and garnet; head dissipates into a thin white ring. Aroma sweet malt and predominantly caramel; sweet cracker and just barely some rotting veg; also some orange zest and pepper. Flavor candy sweet, caramel, light piney bitterness through the finish. Medium to medium-thick, lower carbonation; sticky and even a little oily. Took me a little while to warm up to this but this is a nice little winter warmer.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Rusty brown with a medium off white head. Aroma of toast, caramel, vanilla and light holiday spice. Flavor is bready/doughy malt with some zesty spice and faint bitterness. Medium body with a zesty mouth feel. Decent beer, not over spiced and fairly drinkable.
GarrettB (1203) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
December 24th, 2011 - I’m not entirely sure what the Brewmaster’s Top Secret Spice, but I am not convinced that it adds spice to Boulder Brewery’s Never Summer Ale. More notable in this brew is a eurhythmic balance between the malts, barley and hops, producing a smooth and well rounded winter warmer that I’d be pleased to bring to a party and share with friends who may not be as avid about craft beer as me. Through the looking glass, this brew is a shade darker than the median amber, with a clarity like a nice, after blizzard winter day. A whole grove of pine trees meets the nose in the aroma with a bit of hops bitterness, and a deep and abiding brown sugar sweetness. In aroma, at least, this smells like your typical winter warmer brew. More exceptional is the flavor, were a tempered sweetness (pine melded with graham cracker) is once more coupled with hops, most acutely detected in the aftertaste. Raisins lend some of their deep fructose syrup too, providing a general flavor that tastes of balance and depth of flavor. Boulder Brewery’s Never Summer Ale is at least one cut above the rest of the winter drinking variety pack.