freekyp (1875) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unusual take on a barley wine, this one tastes like a spice cake. Not very heavy.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice combination of the oranges and the "holiday" spices. The orange notes are very up-front and with the nutmeg remind me of a holiday cranberry-orange cake. I think the alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor. Overall, this is a nice departure from most winter warmers but could be improved with a better balance of spices and orange flavors - toning down the citrus would allow more complexity to come out, I think. Could also do with a slightly more rounded malt profile. That said, I enjoyed it on-tap and bought a growler for the weekend.
OldGrowth (3183) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tulip at brewpub. Good aroma,.sweet. subtle Fruity notes, malty, Caramel. Hazed brownish orange. Good head and lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body smooth creamy mouthfeel, Bittersweet finish. Nice. Real enjoyable blend with malts and hops.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a hazy dark red color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Average head retention. Aroma of citrus and floral hops, cranberries and spice. The taste is huge citrus hops, toasted malts, berries, cranberries, citrus and spice. Medium bodied with a slight lingering bitterness. Very nice.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery, Durham. Curious for a "winter warmer," as I found it more in line with an American strong ale. Fine with me, though, as I kind of enjoyed the quirky reading of the style here. Instead of fruitcake and spice, they seemed to go with mulled tea or something like that. Equally wintry, if youíre concerned with that, just not so formulaic. Dark orange pour, fairly silky mouthfeel, and an aroma and flavor redolent of hops and with tons of orange peel, lemongrass, and similar tastes. Dug it.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Dark orange copper with a small off white head. Nose is orange, spices, booze. Flavor is similar, orange, lemon, boozy, spice. Lots of bitterness and a tad astringent on the finish. Tastes similar to this hot alcoholic lemon drink I had at the crunkleton.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird but I like it. Boozy and strong, and not too different from the barley wine in body and base beer. A bit darker, dark orange tinted brown with a small beige head. Nose is very spicy and fruity--lots of lemon and orange zest and something... that is... when you taste it and wonder for awhile and finally figure it out... definitely lemongrass. Odd and very herbal/fruity, but certainly not your typical winter warmer. Not really one to have with food, and probably not good if not fresh, but impressive as it is.
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky copper brown pour with a reddish hue. Creamy sandstone tan head. Very interesting nose, smells and tastes like Bigelow Teas Constant Comment blend. Orange or lemon rind upfront, lemon verbena and a hint of mint. Very spicy and citrusy. Orange zest shows upfront and contributes a definitive pithy astringency. Light sweetness with lemongrass and spice. Medium body with a dry bitterness.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Cloudy, rust colored brew topped with a big off-white head. Nose of cloves, orange peel, and "spice." Wow, this beerís interesting and hard to describe. Itís definitely featuring an unusual mix of spices, some coriander, nutmeg....? The base beer tastes like something between a barley wine and a Belgian sour. Iím not sure if itís from the base or the spices, but something adds a lot of lemon/orange peel sourness to the finish, which when mixed with a lot of hops gives it a odd aftertaste. Definitely an interesting beer, though probably not one Iíll rush to get again.