Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber, almost mahogany with a light film of head and lace. Bitter and citrus aromas. Some backing malts. Hard to get a sense of the nose. Almost nutty and spicy. The flavor is strongly sweet with caramel and bitter hops. Spicy hints of alcohol. Chewy body, but the beer seems lacking.
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Great American Beer Festival pick - Simpsons fan. What can I say, it just wasn’t that good. Looked like lake water and smell like a pine tree. I think it was bottled at a state park.
5000 (6029) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy rusted brown, large off-white frothy head, sticky lacing, with very light carbonation. Soft hop aroma, with a toasted malts and cocoa in the background. Burnt grass up front, somewhat malty, while a mild hop bitterness follows. Medium body, a bit less than medium mouthfeel. Fairly boring on the backend, slightly malty, with a light hop bitterness that lingers. Meh... It looked so tasty but didn’t live up to it.
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
GABF 2004. Light brown, slightly murky, with a small, light-brown head. Quite a few yeast particles suspended throughout. Very light piney hop aroma. Short flavor duration, lightly bitter, with an oily, medium-bodied texture. Rather bland and non-descript.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with some yeast at the bottom, woops, didn’t know if was a live bottle. Fluffy off-white head that left moderate lacing. Aroma has a nice balance of hops and malt, with a kinda of earthy spice to it. Taste starts malty but ends with an almost soapy bitterness. Mouthfeel was very smooth and the brew ended fairly dry. And, is the monkey humping the tree? hes got no pants on.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark and on the sweet side of the christmas ale spectrum. Nice complex spices that don't overpower the beer.
3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with an extremely huge large-bubble head. Musty head which smells like pine and gasoline, with the very distinct aroma of (I’m not kidding here) gun powder. Flavor is that same harsh gun powder with a wood and sap flavor as well. Really not that delighting, especially when tasting along side the Fish Tale WinterFish. Ever want to eat a clump of dirt? Hops show up in the finish, a small upside to this one. Doesn’t stack up to the other winter seasonal I’ve been sampling. Tasted this along with Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser and Fish Tale WinterFish, and WinterFish won.
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber. Chewy texture, but not very heavy at all. Actually, it was much "lighter" than I expected. Malts had some nice toasted, nutty flavors; very mild sweetness. Hops were a little zingy, but not very aromatic, just some mild pine elements. Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Not what I'd consider a "warmer," but nevertheless not bad.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and sweet with a hint of dark fruits. A medium bodied winter ale. Malts are nutty, sweet and fruity, touches of chocolate and toffee. Hops are spicy and a touch bitter. Malty and smooth this one is a nice belly warmer. Hides the 8.0% alcohol well. Nice smooth beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This looked nice, with a brown body and a minimal head, but didnt have the oomph you might look for in a strong winter offering. A fairly smooth , round palate, and drinkable, but so many better ones out there.