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Carlow O’Hara’s Winter Star

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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Limited edition seasonal, keg. Cinnamon, fresh orange juice and coconut were added to this juicy Amber Ale to spice it up for the long winter nights. The hops and yeast lend a fruitiness that compliments the spice additions. Dual purpose northern brewer hops add to the spicy taste


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (808) - USA - MAY 11, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought in Newbridge Ireland. Winter spiced dark ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanscourt (740) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
Flight done at Brewers Corner in Kilkenny. Samples healthy portion, 8 oz. Tasty notes as follows: Irish Stout: coffee, dry, tasty Irish Pale Ale: good pun on name, good flavor, nice hop balance Irish Red: strong alcohol flavor, finish is taste of pool water, hard to finish, biased against style in general, had in nitro as well which was more enjoyable Helles Lager: crisp, mild hop finish Natural Blonde: drinkable, koslh-esque? Leann Follain: Barrel aged flavor, enjoyable like most irish dry stouts Double IPA: Boozy, strong hop flavor, not up there with the good ones Widow Retro Pale Ale: conservative, middle of the road, not offensive but not great Amber Adventure: tastes similar to pale ale, hops present and noticeable, bitter, caramel malt Winter Star: spicy, winter holiday flavor

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomekk1978 (445) - POLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Barwa: miedziana, klarowna. Piana biała drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i po chwili ładnie oblepiająca szkło. [5/5] Aromat: słodki słodowy z karmelem, przyprawami (cynamon?), owocami (pomarańcze?). Niezbyt nachalny, przyjemny. [4/5] Smak: niezbyt pełny, słodowy, mniej słodki niż się spodziewałem. Do tego nuty owocowe i jakby kokosowe. Raczej wytrawna końcówka. [3,5/5] Cena / jakość: [3,7/5] Po zimowe sięgnąłem wyłącznie dlatego, że leżało w szafie już od grudnia, a zima dobiegła końca i postanowiłem przewietrzyć szafę. Nie jest to piwo odkrywcze, ani zimowe czy świąteczne w szeroko pojętym stylu. Nie przytłacza zatem gama przypraw, nie rozgrzewa alkoholem i jest raczej stonowane. Mimo tego barwa jest wielce kusząca, a aromat subtelny i intrygujący. Bardziej złożony mógłby być jedynie smak, ale widać nie można mieć wszystkiego.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sigmund (5024) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2014
500 ml bottle, from the Norwegian potential importer. ABV is 4.3%. Chestnut coloured beer,moderate to low off-white head. Dryish, dusty and spiced aroma, hints of coconut and orange peel. Fizzy mouthfeel. Medium dry flavour, "artificial" notes of coconut, orange peel, dust and unpleasant spices, minimal hops. Very unbalanced. Sorry, this one did not rock my boat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LarsEngen (357) - Sandvika, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2014
50 cl bottle from Brewery Int. Pours clear amber with a medium, offwhite head that leaves quite quickly. Aroma of cinnamon, spices, with some dried fruity notes in the back. Flavour is cinnamon and caramel. Watery mouthfeel, light body, soft carbonation, low bitterness. Strange but ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from Tesco, Longford [060114]
Red amber, clear, frothy white head that dissipates, some lacing
Aroma of citrus fruit, caramel, some orange, slight hint of cinnamon(?), soft spices
Taste of caramel, soft citrus, slight clove(?) and cinnamon, soft spicy, soft fruit, not too spicy. Didn’t get the coconut at all.
Palate - Medium carb, light-medium body. Finish as main flavour, clean finish
Overall - Thought this was pretty ok

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3181) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Troche sie zawiodlem. Piwo przypominalo bardziej kolore irish red ale nisz amber ale bo koloru czerwonego byla przewaga. Moze zadowalac ale nie powalac jakosc piany, ladnie rosnie i stabilnie stoji. Lekko pikantne, goryczkowe ale. Z akcentow zimowych i przyprawowych nie za wiele tego odczulem. W oddali troche cynamonem powialo i to wszystko. Ogolnie dobre ale wole belgijskie odmiany noel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2014
500ml bottle from Bradley’s. Pours ruby red with a thin lasting beige head. Butterscotch, bitter berries, hint of metal, touch of cinnamon on the nose. Taste is medium malt sweetness and redcurrant bitterness. Smooth heavy malt finish. Not very wintry and a bit dull. Grand though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
culchiem (2488) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark ruby read with a large white head. Aroma is ginger and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is spiced ginger, chocolate orange, a little pepper on a dry finish

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
elbernays (466) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 6, 2013
Pours dark clear amber with nice slight tan head. Head is nice lacing Creamy look. Aesthetically pleasing. Aroma is some spice, clove and toffee. Sweet Flavour, spice. Mild bitterness on finish. Body is light and is too light to give a good mouthfeel and you are left wanting a bit.


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