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 (1834) - 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 (792) - 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 (989) - 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.
NikkTwist (1519) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Sugars. Slightly hazy dark orange copper pour with a lacey head. Spiced malts. Nutmeg. Vegemite. Sarsparella. Black pepper. Orange pith. Raisin spice cake. Earthy hops. Unusual. Not too heavy. Not too light.
sonnycheeba (3303) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours clear, dark amber with thin, fizzy off-white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is grassy hops, caramel malt, light citrus fruit, toffee, and some hay. Flavor is balanced sweet malts and piney hops (light bitterness) with some supporting fig and date notes and light bread; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
closey22 (784) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber red with this lasting white head; Malty sweet aroma with hints of berry, caramel, cinnamon- very nice & full; flavor is complex, this beer is rocking my worlld, its hard to describe really, malty caramel sweet, fruity sweet, slighty spicy(can’t placeexactly what spice) and hoppy; finishes dry and very bitter + hoppy; feels medium body. Gotta get more of this!
ryanscourt (698) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber color, frothy head lasting for a good while. Strong malt presence, carmel tasting. Followed by dry bitter hoppiness. Slight bitter aftertaste. Not overly impressed. Good but not memorable.
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma has earthy/fruity hops, some dark fruits, slightly doughy. Flavor follows suit...a bit like yakima glory. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is fruity and slightly bitter.