craven5000 (100) - Westville, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big, easy, creamy head. The amber body had a notable number of small bubbles. Very minor hint of sweetness. Mildly bitter. Had a small and comfortable warmth.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great hop aroma, amber color beer with small floaters (bottle conditioned and I wasn't careful with the pour). Large hop flavor and bitterness with a med malt boby. The beer has a bittersweet finish to it. The malt flavors are dominated by the hop bitterness. I would've never guessed that this is a 7.5% alc beer as the flavors and body hide it well. A very good american strong ale. I can't beleive I bought this for $20/case on a closeout special.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber color,medium sized off white head that lasted for a nice long time then faded to leave a small lace behind.Hoppy,grapefruit aroma with a slight pine scent coming through as well,mild malt and maybe just a hint of caramel.Nice light malt flavor with a decent showing of hops grapefruit and a mild bitterness that goes well wo off set the mild sweet side.The after taste is sweet malt with a mild bitter side from the hops.A very nice beer that makes you want to have more.Thanks to Springslicker for another winner.
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a deep honey colored beer that has a wonderful creamy head with good lacing. It gives off a complex aroma of toffee, honey, vanilla, and caramel. The flavor and finish are well balanced between the sweetness and hop bitterness. The finish ends on a dry note. Very pleasing brew.
guzzler67 (1527) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bronze appearance with a medium size head. Nice, flowery hop aroma. Tastes more like a heavily hopped, resinous IPA. Good bite in the bitter finish
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange-brown color, large webbed head. Clear hoppy aroma. Aroma enticing and exhilirating: citrus notes apparent. Herbal flavors dominate, possible woodiness. Earthy finish. A very "natural" and "rough-hewn" beer. Hearty. For me, sets the standard for what a "winter warmer" ought to be.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like the hop presence here - it's multidimensional; some earthy iron, some bitter leaves, some pine and even citrus. The malt at least is there in quantity but doesn't shout. Good.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a burnt coppor with a thick creamy white head, a head with significant malt flavor with hops and earth tones. Has a sweet, piney aroma. Gentle on the palate coming in, with lots of malt and earth, but a good hops kick in the hindquarters. The alcohol is noticeable, but only barely. An excellent American Strong.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dirty looking, medium dark brown body with a ton of bubbles coming from bottom of glass into an obese head. Smells of powerful pinecone & grapefruit hops, along with clean malt, faint spices and not much else. Big merengue head lingers for a long time. Big, bold taste, however outweighed on hops: sweet, sour, ruby red grapefruit combined with drying pine needles. Sweet spice fills out the rest of an uncrowded palate. Hop aftertaste is drying. Overall, a novel winter that is really more like an IPA. I was glad that it didn't get watery at anytime from start to finish. Take a look at the other winters I've had lately; i've been treated to an array of suprising and delicious beers and this is one of them.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Pours an amber color with a HUGE off white head. (A little too big for me). The head was very creamy, and there was nice lacing. Citrus hop and caramel aroma. Bitter, spicy hop taste. Creamy mouthfeel. IIPA meets American Strong. This beer on cask is truely amazing!