hockeybeerguy (532) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes
She pours a fairly dark brown and leaves the same colored body with a white almost off white colored half finger head that dies to a small coating on the top of the body. Some spotty lacing is left.
The smell has a malty sort of caramel but kinda coming through in a bland sort of way. Still there’s some toasty yet also somewhat burnt nuttiness, spice tries to come through but stays muted for the most part.
The taste has a bland earthy caramel nuttiness, malty nutty aftertaste, dry finish.
The palate has a medium body, fairly sessionable - as sessionable as a winter warmer can be. Carbonation is fairly smooth and good for the style, decent to me.
Overall, for the most part, I tend to like Deschutes a ton, but this one is honestly only average to me.
Brain_Parasite (70) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown. Aroma is of coffee, grain, and wine. Nice, full flavor- spice, caramel, wine, raisin, a little nutty, dried fruit. Very good.
Gerbeer (1400) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 vintage. 12 oz bottle. Pours mahogany with full head. Aromas of toffee, malt extract, and golden raisins. Flavors of salt water taffy, raisin bread, and grass. Possibly some spice . Bitter finish with alcohol present. Recall 2012 being much better.
Muggus69 (1097) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle BB 05/11/14
Beautiful looking ruby body, decent clarity, with a dense creamy beige head topping of precedings.
Good intensity to the nose; rich crystal malt characters of roast nuts, burnt caramels and light charred bread layered with earthy hop spices and vinous plummy fruit esters.
Excellent weight to the palate; chewy, almost sticky malt texture. Subdued carbonation contributes to the lusciousness.
Palate packed full of rich malt; toffee, golden syrup, treacle, nuts, toast and a touch of cocoa. Finishes with an assertive bitterness, lingering notes of dried leafy herbs, earthy hops and red plum fruits.
A thoroughly enjoyable ale! Somewhere between an Esb and English barley wine; certainly ticks all of the boxes for showcasing tasty malts
CopterScott (76) - Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown with reddish hough and a light tan head. aroma of roasty malts and spice. flavor is roast, spice, and leather. medium carbonation.
Voodoo (242) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a chestnut brown with off white head. Aroma is spice, sweet. Taste is sweet malty intro, with an even bittering and spices on the back end. Slightly heavy mouthfeel and finishes with a raisiny aftertaste.
Niko100 (1781) - Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel/toffee, some hops, & spice; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel, hops, spice, some dark fruit, and nuts; Dry finish; Not bad.
tdmuel (240) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark hazy red with a creamy light tan head. On the nose, caramel, toffee, hot chocolate, a little cinnamon, some dark fruits, and hazelnut. A nice biscuity malt note on the taste, nice light spiciness, caramel, light coffee, and an earthy bitterness. Quite nice, I love when holiday beers don’t bombard you with spice.
Nontastic (1) - Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a darker amber, with a nice thick cream colored head. Spicy with a bit of bitterness. Earthy, slightly nutty, with some woody tones. One of my favorite seasonals I have tried.
ARH (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter. A very potent sweet cherry aroma comes through first along with some other citrus notes in the background. As this aroma mellows out, some faint clove, cinnamon, and caramel notes arise - in turn, the sweet cherry smell becomes more of a cranberry apple juice aroma. It pours a deep, dark, and hazy mahogany color with a light tan, soap-like head that leaves some trace lacing along the glass. The initial taste is almost overwhelmingly sweet and tart (cherries come back to mind) with a noticeable, but light, bitterness. The initial tartness fades as the beer warms up and some toastiness, doughiness and spiciness come through - overcooked cinnamon apple muffins come to mind. It finishes with a lingering, but mild, bitterness that comes through as a very light burnt, woody flavor.