Strykzone (5814) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Having seen the high rating and having read some of the ratings of this beer, I must be drinking the wrong stuff. I found the beer to taste of sour mash and to be surprisingly bitter. It looked like an inviting ale and the aroma was somewhat intriguing. However, the beer itself left me wishing for more. Maybe the next one will change my mind.
Pailhead (5803) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Secret Santa July 2011
Bottle: The aroma is rather light and consists of caramel/toffee, light spice, and a touch of citrus. It pours a cloudy dark reddish-orange with a two finger beige head with decent retention. It leaves behind some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel and toffee. The finish has a citrus tanginess, nuts, and faint ginger. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but manages to feel a bit thin at times. Overall, it’s decent but a little under-spiced from what I’ve come to expect from a "Winter Warmer."
egajdzis (5652) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy red color with a small tan head, and slight lacing. Aroma of spice (ginger, clove)and hops. Sweet chocolate, berry, and caramel taste. Molasses and alcohol as well.
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funny story - On Friday night my brother comes over, and his girlfriend had been to Kansas City for thanksgiving. She had sent some beers , including a Boulevard holiday pack that included this beer. Then I receive my Secret Santa package Saturday morning, and it includes this one, too! what are the odds? I mean I had no idea about this beer, and suddenly, I got 3 in my fridge. Anyway, breeish brown, tan head. malty, chestnut aroma, Spicy, peppery, nutmeg and a little alcohol, followed by a raisin, woodsy earthy finale. Pretty tasty Ale.
kappldav123 (5542) - GERMANY - JAN 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The bottle looks a bit complex, the beer in the glass is okay. Hoppy and fruity-sweet aroma. Starts modest dry, notes of clove. The finish is a bit weak, modest dry in the background. Too boring!
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pizza Port. Dark copper brown with a creamy white head. Sweet malt and molasses aroma and taste with some mild sweet spices in the finish and some toffee notes.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby black color with nice off-white/tan head and a tad of lacing. The aroma is mainly hoppy with a very noble edge to it and a slight spicy, nuttiness to it as well. The flavor is very well balanced, I really like this one. A touch of spice covers a dark hoppy ale with a warm wool blanket. Thanks acrodizer!
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber beer - earthy, fruity nose, with some juicy melon rind and cherry, indicating almost nothing about what the flavor will bring - taste is herbal and hoppy up front, followed by some biscuity malt, gingerbread - some earthy, almost oxidized character, and a touch of acidity - in this beer, the prematurely aged thing kind of works, though - a touch of tartness, followed by warming spices and peppery hops in the finish - a lot more full and warming than you would expect, considering the abv - I like it, but the aroma needs work.
kramer (5431) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via ericmc83. Cloudy light brown pour with a small off-white head. Generous amounts of carbonation retains head well. Deep resiny hop aroma up front, with a sweet toffee malt base. Very sweet malt up front with a resiny/earthy hop bitterness in the middle. This just lacks any sort of depth or complexity. My vote for the style of this is Dumbed Down Barley Wine. Pretty thin with a watery finish, fine carbonation but too much of it. Boring mouthfeel. Not so good this one. Very weak in both flavor and complexity. Pretty confused after I saw so many high ratings when I entered this.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 4/30/2010. This English Strong Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, caramel, a hint of bread and some spices. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. The malts are caramel, bready and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.