mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a wonderful, strong, rich and very smokey beer. It is so rich in flavor it feels more like a holiday meal then a holiday beer. This is by far my favorite winter ale I have had. Very bitter in my my book means very good.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy red, small yellow head. Mostly malt and caramel aroma. Sweet hoppy flavor, citrus, malt, and burnt caramel. A bit too thin but decent balanced finish.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour looks very nice, with reddish copper body, and a dense ochre colored head. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar and cherry, maybe a light roast character. Tastes of sugar and honey, followed by some burnt toffee, caramel, and then some pear flavors. Finishes more heavily on the roast tendancies, and the hops lend to a woody taste. Feels creamy without a heavy body. Excellent winter beer, well blended flavors.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark amber with a nice fluffy off white head and some streaky lacing. Aroma is nutty and toffee-ish with lots of fruity esters, herbal and floral hops, some earthy spiciness as well. GOod full malt profile- lots of caramel and nutty malts, toasty, light chocolate, dried fruits and a good clean ho bitterness. Good full mouthfeel, yet easy to drink. Nice strong ale.
HopDuvel99 (39) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with a thick, persistent tan head. Alcoholic, malty aroma. Full bodied, roasty, hoppy attack but malty finish, good balance. Rich, satisfying, finely crafted.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 bottle. Beer is medium-hued caramel brown. Head is initially small, ecru, frothy and is mostly diminishing.<P>
The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, cloying sticky-sweet caramel, light note of shortbread; Hoppy with moderate notes of resin, wintergreen-like herb, light note of cedar; Yeasty with a light note of cellar and a moderate doughy note; Light miscellaneous note of moderately weighty alcohol, trace of dried currents, cinnamon and a plasticy phenol that drifts in and out..<P>
The flavor is ligthly sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter with a lightly bittersweet, grippy finish.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is average.<P>
Seems a bit off-kilter and not engaging.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an excellent example of what an IPA should be, though rarely is. A biscuity, fruity palate blended with caramel balances off the full-bodied hops that come across as "warming" rather than "bitter." The only truly detrimental aspects of this brew are its rather limited complexity and almost non-existent nose. Still, a fine brew.
XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured into a pint glass, dark blood reddish brown hue. Color is spectacular in good light. The body is very malty, so if you like a good malt brew, from an IPA lover, Id say this is a delicious beer that brings out a little bit of coffee grind, choco taste out, to drink while its available. Little lacing, little head. I suggest a icey cold glass from the freezer, cause this one will warm you up!
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Oíbrienís. Aromas were fruity but thatís about it. Flavor was a bit better with some hoppy bitterness and decent malty body. Not bad.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 12oz bottle probably a month or so old. pours a dark amber with modest head. not much going on in the aroma, some nuttiness and sweet caramel, smells like itíll be a balanced beer. flavor is full, mild chocolate, toasted biscuit caramel, nutty. a nicely balanced beer that fits the season. great work.