heinesands (10) - Salem, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell and look with the dark brown color and brownish colored head remind me of a porter. But not as sweet very smooth. Light hop notes plus good roasted malt notes. Plus a nice bite for those cold evening.
jgb9348 (4730) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a deep brown glow, about 90% opaque with a thick, rich, four centimetre tall brown head - looks very nice, not like an Old though. Aroma of bright fresh PNW and piney hops with a rich roasted malt and oatmeal scent and some fruits and yeast to round out the smells. Medium to Full-bodied; Roasty flavour with a good rich chocolate and oatmeal flavour, some earthy notes, hints of nuts throughout and a solid hop profile, on the lighter side, near the finish. Aftertaste shows some cream and lactic notes, a bit of caramelised sugars and hints of the hop bitterness. Overall, much more of a Black IPA than an Old Ale for sure, but probably most compatible with the Sweet Stout or Stout category. More importantly, a good solid beer with a nice profile, smooth complexity and a good bite for the wintertime. Definitely worth room in your suitcase if you’re bringing this one back home, as I did! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Made in Oregon in Portland (PDX Airport - Terminal D) on 11-November-2013 for US$6.95 sampled at home in Washington on 29-January-2014.
raphael (882) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Christmas beers run a range, from the lighter colored, dry/hoppy. like Celebration & BiFrost, to the darker sweet spiced, like Anchor Special and Reindeer Fly. Kringle Krack is dark and spicy, but bitter in an herbal way. (My favorite dark holiday beer is Terminal Gravity Festivale, which has a strong hop presence with rich and assertive malts.) The aroma is fruitcake, meaning cloves & other spices, alcohol, molasses. modest khaki head on dark brown. good aromatics and a little weight in the mouth. flavor of roasted malt, alcohol, cardamom & non citric grapefruit peel. Not cloying, that old school bitter holiday punch. This beer a pleasant surprise to me. On tap at Multnomah Lucky Lab.
VastActiv (2825) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Baileys Taproom, Portland. Colour is deep dark brown with small slightly brownish white bubbly head. Aromas and flavours: Some chocolate, hints of fruits, hints of hops and roasted malts.
bhensonb (11046) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasty malt with a bit of chocolate and some hop notes. Near full bodied. Flavor is dark and roasty with chocolate. There’s some bitterness to offset all the malt - I don’t think it qualifies as either sweet or dry. There’s some astringency. If pressed I vote dry.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Aroma was unfortunate, smelled rather like furniture polish. Dark brown with moderate white head. Lovely flavour malty with a nutty overtone. Might make a good pour over Christmas plum cake. Long and lasting malt finish
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep brown, cola highlights, large frothy beige head, nice lacing. Somewhat of a roasty nose, pine tree like spices, soft cocoa or chocolate. Dry roastiness on the tongue. Bakers chocolate, a bit astringent. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Strong Pine and Douglas Fir tree like spices on the backside. Also seems shrubby, with lingering unsweetened chocoate or cocoa. By this time it gets a little tough to drink. Hides the ABV well at least.   The forest is strong in this one!
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was on tap at Belmont; the ’08 BOURBON-BARREL version. Reminded me of HotD Adam, though just a couple notches below that level of perfection. Awesome appearance.
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage on tap at belmont Station. Colour... about as dark as an irish stout with a very thick tan head. Nose... spicy, sweet malt, dark fruitcake (I mean that in a good way!). Palate... gently carbonated, gently sweet, moderately coating, lots of toffee and burnt sugar with a hint of maraschino and oak.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
KLCC brew fest:
dark black and no head, strong and robust, DRY, hop dark chocolate, roasted and rich, alc well hidden