jimhilt (2558) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good sticky lace. Cloudy brown/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is burnt brown sugar with hops in the background. Nice beer when there is two feet of snow on the ground. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent tap of this at Duck Island Saloon in Seattle. On Nitro. Was pretty smooth, almost like a lighter, non-stout Guiness. Shouldn’t have had the black 11lth anniversary Stone earlier. Not much of a finish, but a really creamy, palatable body.
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More thanks to BuckeyeBoy. Rich smooth nutty malts. Coffee and big cocoa. Like a big brown ale, but with a noticeable bitterness you wouldn’t expect from a brown ale. Just a little peppery, spicy hops crackling under the surface. Trademark Deschutes silk smooth palate with a dense chewy mouthfeel. I really think I’d have to call this a brown ale, which makes it the best member of the style I’ve ever had. Great job again by Deschutes. Very impressive brewery.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather spicy with a malty sweetness that is quite present yet restrained. Plenty of hops on the finish to balance it out. Not too bad.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquor. A very nice spiciness this beer has, a whole range of christmasy flavors. Smooth and mellow, with a warming finish. Malts are good, though body is perhaps a touch thin. Quite nice.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear deep amber color with a beige head. Light notes of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Mildly sweet. The flavor was of roasted malt with a light spice on the finish.
cloudskipper (17) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottling. Dark brown in color. Caramelly in the flavor but with a hop bite. Very nice for a winter beer. One of my favorites of 2007.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 Bottle - Dark brown colored pour with little to no head. Roasted malts, sweet molasses aroma. Piney, dry bitter finish.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my favorite Winter beers. Greaty balance in the hops malts and the wintery caramel that all good winter drinks should have. Cheers!
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 12oz bottle. deep amber pour. bready, toasty caramel malt aroma. a caramel malt flavor. medium body, good texture. bitter on a fairly long finish. little sweet for me, but good beer