DocK (11) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a Winter Ale.
Malt: caramel, cereal, molasses
Hops: perfume, spruce, herbs
Initial: medium sweetness, light bitterness
Finish: medium bitterness, medium sweetness
Finish Duration: average
slowrunner77 (5929) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"smooth and complex...and pleasantly hoppy, this was my best new find of the 2007 holiday season. missed it this year, but it’s worth searching out. Good stuff! Recent years, 2012 included, a little lacking."
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-6-14-
Served on nitro-tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served with a brownish colored body filed with tons of nitro bubbles. The cascade of bubbles slowly lifts from the bottom of the glass revealing a copper colored body. A thick foamy head sits upon the top of the brew, very slowly fading to leave some foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a sweeter caramel smell with some roasted malt aromas. Along with these smells are some notes of hop with a slightly earthy and grassy smell.
Taste – The taste begins a roasted malt and toasted cracker flavor mixed with a bit of a caramel sweetness. At the start there are some lighter hop flavors of an earthy nature. The earthy hop grows stronger throughout the taste all while the caramel sweetness seems to fade. Some other hop flavors of grass and pine later come to the tongue at the end, and with a bit of toffee sweetness and a slight increase in the roasted and cracker flavors of the brew, one is left with a slightly drier, moderately hopped, toasted cracker flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - Being a nitro pour the brew had a nice creamy and thicker feel on the tongue. The thicker and creamier body were fairly nice for the hoppy flavors of the brew, really accentuating them on the tongue, although a bit for prickliness form carbonation may have been slightly better for the malt flavors of the beer adding a bit of excitement to the cracker and roasted flavors.
Overall – An alight brew overall, but nothing super exceptional and one I think would actually have been better on traditional tap, not nitro.
swoopjones (5985) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. amberish pour, medium body. caramel maltiness, some winter spices, nothing terribly exciting but drinkable
rumproasts (2941) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. amber with small head. caramel malt base. some winter spice. i feel like i’ve had variations of this beer dozens of times. averageish.
MarkSachon (604) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nitro tap sampler at The BeerHive in Pittsburgh and a 12 oz bottle at home from Giant Eagle. Not much difference between the two. Crisp for sure, but could have had more punch on the spices. Smooth going down with a pleasant aftertaste.
beerbrains (26) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma: Barely there just a little citrusy. I expected caramel but I cannot sense it
Appearance: This is a nice looking beer. Pours red/brown with a nice frothy head
Taste: Heavy on the sweetness with just a little caramel flavor
Palate: full bodied oily texture
Overall: Not very drinkable - too sweet with an odd finish
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aromas of brown sugar and hops. Taste is bold and smooth, caramel malt sweetness and cold, slightly bitter finish.
bkurtz (831) - PERU - JAN 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a smallish head. It has a lot going on,citrus, winter spices, and well-balanced. All good, but did not finish well.
k0mpsa (1176) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at rattle n hum, new york. Dark red color, smooth tanned head (nitro version). Aroma is malty sweet and fruits. Taste is malts, sweet fruits. Easy going.
gmellison (423) - Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at dia. Pours a medium amber boubon color. Aroma is grainy and mildy hoppy. Flavor is caramel and biscuity malts. Solid