OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a clear deep red amber with an off white that retains very well
S - Biscuity malt with a dose of green citrus hops mixed in. Water chestnuts, faint hints of spice reside in the background.
T - Caramel malt with a tinge of metal. Citrus and pine hops back the malt and provide good levels of flavor well as some peppery spice. Some maple floral sweetness combined with a nutmeg sort of spice. Hard to pin down. Has some strawberry rhubarb tang on the finish. Aftertaste is a balance of malt and clean hops.
M - Full bodied, lush type of carbonation.
A different take on the style for sure. Low on the spice level. Nice malt and nice hops. It actually makes me think of summer rather than winter. A great beer on any occasion.
Serving type: bottle
swoopjones (5603) - 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 (2734) - 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 (553) - 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 (22) - 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 (178) - 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 (728) - 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 (1068) - 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 (410) - 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
UncleKorm (731) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear amber hue w/ large lasting beige head and sticky lacing. Moderate to bold spicy sweet aromas. Initial flavor is mild sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are vanilla, light roast malts, rye, pine, grass, orange, and lemon. Medium bodied, average carbonation, watery mouthfeel, and a clean finish.
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Best before February 5, 2014.
Appearance: This is one of the most beautiful looking beers I’ve ever seen. The body is clear with a hue that would leave me convinced it were cranberry juice if it didn’t have a head. The head is short, but dense with good retention and a khaki color.
Aroma: The aroma has decent strength, leaning mildly spiced. I get a prominent dark fruit aroma, it actually reminds me a bit of cranberry with a dry dark fruit presence. Backing it is a sort of non-descript malt base with mild spices that I can’t pick out.
Taste: The body is a bit watery, overlying it are mild spices and a mild fruitiness. Nothing is very prominent until the finish where, I believe, nutmeg dries out the beer with a dry dark fruit presence. This is pretty bland, though not offensive.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: This beer is not bad, but it’s not really enjoyable. The flavor is pretty watery and everything is very subtle. I’m not sure what they were going for but I will pass on this in the future.