asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winter Beer Festival. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of malt with hints of hops and spices. Flavor is rich in both hops and malt. Mostly a spicy yet sweet caramel flavor commands the tongue, not overly sweet though. Pretty easy on the palate with no hints of alcohol. Lacking a little bit on body.
BrewDad (4582) - Olympia, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Dark malts with a light spices and hops. Rich and smooth
Appearance – Dark brown, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor – Nice deep malts with some great flavors. This was a great beer. Some bitter hops and spices
Palate – Smoth and silky this was a great winter ale
Overall –I really liked this beer it was a true festival of the mouth.
jake65 (2509) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a deep mahogany color with a medium, creamy beige head. Nice lacing too. Nose is malty and dark fruits with citrus. Tastes malty and sweet with bits of caramel and a light woodiness. Warms up nicely. Thanks BuckDich!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark mahogany color with a light sturdy crown of head and a creeping ring of lacing. The nose is fairly hoppy with a spicy herbal hop note, and a burly chewy caramel malt note that follows it up. Nice raisin and toffee notes along with the moderate alcohol and ample hop nose. Bitter hoppy tail, it’s almost enough to take away from the malty body, but it’s still there. I would prefer this without the dry hops actually, but it’s still the end of summer, we’ll see what this is like in the dead of winter once Cabin Fever sets in.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the Dog & Pony, Renton, Wa. Aroma is caramel forward followed by dried fruit and a light alcohol note. Appearance is dark red/amber with a well retained white head. Flavor is caramel forward as well balanced with light bittering hops, then sour tart dried fruit, dark chocolate and alcohol. Great complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carb feel, slightly spritzy and warm. Overall, this is a very interesting beer that I assume would just get better with time and become a bit smoother.
duffman462 (173) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with a small head. Nose is toffee, pine, and cedar. Flavor is malty, with some citrus hops. Pretty good, but body seems a little thin for the style.
bitbucket (2154) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Collins Pub. Pours a clear mahogany with an off-white ring of foam. Fruit and nut aroma. Medium body and light carbonation. Tons of vanilla and bananas in the taste, along with nuts and malty caramel. Clean finish.
TheBeerGod (4999) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
GABF 2006. Mahogany with sweet malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is malty, some light alcohol, caramel, and citric fruitiness. Body is medium with some light sticky notes and mild carbonation. Ends with more up front hop notes, light caramel, and creamy malts.
OldMrCrow (1698) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006
On tap at the College Inn in Seattle.
Pourrs a deep red-bown with a limited and short-lived head. The flavor is intense in both hops and dark malt, though well rounded on both accounts, slightly sweet on the palate with a nice bitter hop finish. Unfortunately, this one didn’t have the sort of staying power I would have liked to have seen; halfway through I was beginning to lose interest (and beginning to lust for the Diamond Knot IPA that would follow; perhaps this is more the fault of that superb Diamond Knot brew than that of the present beer.)
The beer felt increasingly cloying and less refreshing by the sip.
Nonetheless, this is not a bad offering at all - quite a passable seasonal in the Pac NW style.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown and so murky light does not escape. A thin off white head floats for a few minutes and then quickly disappears. There is an aroma of sweet caramel, wood, and viney hops. A flavor (sorta)explosion of thick sweet caramel and a slight off roast flavor. This beer has a pretty cloying body, but otherwise its not that interesting.