ACHops (1241) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 22 oz bottle. Pours a murky amber brown with a thin creamy head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and solid bourbon notes. Taste is rich lightly roasted malts with nice earthy hop flavors and delicious bourbon on the finish. I don’t think this was barrel-aged, but it’s definitely there. Bottle is maybe 6 months old, so who knows. Hard to believe this is only 7%, tastes bigger. One of the best NW winter beers, and that’s saying something. Would love to see a version of this cranked up to imperial range.
fiulijn (18057) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Dark brown color with red shades, and creamy head. Ordinary aroma and flavor of caramel, with some malt; good body structure; it has some spices, both in the aroma and flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg apparently; bold bitterness. Good but not exciting.
reebtogi (5395) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with a 2 finger off-white head that retains well and leaves a nice lattice on the glass. Aromas are roasted barley, chocolate, caramel and spices (possibly allspice) with hints of citrus. Taste is roasted barley and citrus bitterness with chocolate and caramel malt sweetness and a pleasing spiciness in the finish. A really enjoyable winter ale that is quite strong on the palate, but still rather easy to drink. Highly recommended.
Lagerboy (1832) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark copper, creamy tan head lasts.Dark roasted malt aroma. Bitter burnt dark malt taste, a soft caramel and toffee sweetness and dark fruitiness emerges as it warms. Moderately hopped, softly carbed, medium bodied. Finishes sweet and bitter. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
kathouse (1506) - Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel and hop. Hop flavor predominates the coffee malt flavor. More bitter in the finish.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ St. Augustines. Reddish dark brown. Malty sweet aroma. Smells boozy. Spices, mostly nutmeg, are subtle and dry our the malts nicely. Not bad at all.
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Malty aroma with hints of vanilla, caramel and spices. Medium bodied with flavours of raisins, caramel and a malty sweetness. After the sweetness subsides there’s some nuttiness and some hops and alcohol. The sweetness in the body is a bit too much for me, and the finish is a bit too boozy.
bhensonb (13609) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma of warm roast caramel with a touch of floral hop. Full bodied. Flavor is caramel, hint of vanilla, moving towards brown sugar, with some lightly spicy floral hop. Very smooth. Tasty.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a solid dark reddish brown color with a half-inch of creamy light beige head. Plenty of dark roasted caramel malt notes in the aroma along with some butterscotch, toffee, vanilla and walnut. The taste begins with a strong dose of toasted malt, caramel and dates followed by raisin, cinnamon and woody alcohol notes. The subtle hops presence is spicy and herbal toward the end. The body is smooth and mildly creamy with more sweet malt and alcohol in the finish. The overall flavor is rich, malty and boozy as a good Winter Warmer should be.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint @ The Traveler. Decent winter ale. Not too thick, not too hoppy. Kind of Goldilocks. Can’t believe I haven’t rated this before.