Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Red brown pour with a big, persistent beige head, leaves a lot of lacing. Smells malty and bready, dank earth, a little nutty. Drinks a bit like their scotch ale, malty and bready, some caramel and toastiness, but has more of a hop bite to it. Finishes a bit earthy and spicy. I liked this, but it seemed like it could be way more awesome.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro--Cabin Fever Winter Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Told this was an amped version of the Scotch Ale. Cloudy red brown color. Very dry. Light spice front with assertive hints of hops. Not really Scotchy; tasty, but hard to Classify, Define, or Rate. Sampled 12/12/1998.
Boundary Bay Brewing Company--Cabin Fever--A Winter Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 55 IBUís? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Foamy dense lacy light tan head. Clear deep dark ruby brown color. Rich roasted spicy floral hop mild malt fruit front. Malty sweet spicy herbal hop infused crusty roasted earthy toffee mild fruit body. Rich malt hop spice cinnamon hint dry sweet mild hot end. Sampled 12/11/2010. Purchased for $4.75 @ Full Throttle Bottles, LLC, Seattle on 12/9/2010.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Eastside Club in Olympia. Pours dark brown with a thin white head that is quickly fleeting. Has a big chocolate malt flavor with a nice licorice backwash. Thereís a big chocolate aftertaste that lasts a long time. The palate is only medium and might even be considered a bit harsh.
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance amazes and entices in a snifter with a deep brown and ruby hues when held to the light. Fine tan head with impressive lacing. A rich caramel and candy-cane malt wafts into the nose with dark fruit, ripened bananas and light vanilla undertones. Flavor is malt-forward with nuts, molasses and bitter chocolate hiding in the background. Finish is warming, and hop-spiced with a dry mouthfeel, my least favorite characteristic of this beer. I was hoping for something velvety smooth and soothing but instead I am left craving a little water to moisten my palate. A decent effort though.
highibus (785) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a deep crimson with thin off white head and a bit of lacing. a bit over the top sweet bit nice carmel and plum notes. potent and warming. overall very nice.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at Backusí Backyard Bash. Clear brown with a thin beige head. Caramel and toffee nose, a bit roasty. Malty flavor, kinda weak, not much carbo, feels dead. This didnít do it for me. Meh.
riversideAK (6098) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from after4ever. Thanks Tom. This one has a nice malty aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, chocolate, toffee, caramel, a touch of spicy hops. Pours a great dark brown tone with wonderful deep red hues and a meringue khaki head that never leaves. The flavor has more notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, some sugary sweetness, light roast in the back end with a moderately dry hop bitterness. Creamy drinking with itís light carbonation, and a touch of warming alcohol. This was pretty nice.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to all at mcbackus throwdown. nice flavors of caramelized sugar vanilla and a slight amount of citrus flavor
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Backusís Backdoor Bash Ď08... Clear, deep amber ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, khaki head. Good retention. Earthy, toffee and caramel nose. Medium to full-bodied with a nice, silky mouthfeel and nearly-expired carbonation. Not much going on, flavor-wise. A layer of sweetness teases my tongue, but doesnít really deliver on the promise of full, malty flavor. Finishes mildly sweet and lightly bitter.
daknole (10847) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at mcbackus 10/19. Dark amber pour. Tan head. Aroma is yeast, spices, hops, and some bread. Flavor is pretty good. I get some bread, yeast, sweetness and a hint of the alcohol. I liked it pretty well.