DMLINAZ (284) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Total Wine "Winter Brews" tasting class 11/28/12. Great aroma, very fragrant; caramel, molasses, light earthy hops. Taste of caramel with a nice finish; flavor covers the mouth.
trujahwarrior (504) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours a slightly hazy light brown color with a small off white head that leaves light lacing. Smells of caramel, dark fruit and bready malt. Tastes of the same things but pretty boozy. Mouthfeel is oily with good carbonation and a semi dry finish. Decent winter warmer but nothing stands out. I’ve drank aged versions and its better with age. I recommend aging it for the best flavor.
Beergeek23322 (2130) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/25/2012. 22 oz. bottle. Redbrown with an offwhite head. Spicy, bready and malty aromas. Sweet flavors, spices, hops with alcohol showing on the finish.
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Light brown color with a modest beige head. Nose is malty at first, a little roast and chocolate. Some floral hops and a sweet tone. Light spices, but more malt forward with an emphasis on sweet. Same goes for the taste, but I’m picking up a separation of flavors… I can really tell where the chocolate malt ends and the 2-row begins… roasty, dark fruit, and faint spice. I’m confused… reminds me of the first time I tried Jubelale (9 or 10 years ago) so maybe I’ll come to like this over time.
JDBaker11058 (1205) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: dark opaque brown with a thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma: caramel and light candied fruit, with a hint of toast and sugared nuts. Taste: brown sugar, caramel, molasses, toffee, with a bit of herbal/piney hops and some astringency. Finish: slightly medicinal, then a wave of toasty malts and some spice. Notes: Not bad. Not great. Shouldn’t have had so soon after Stone’s Double Bastard, as this pales by comparison. Beerdvent 2013 day 13.
mcberko (5941) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at St. Augustine’s, pours a pretty clear dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of light spices, some fruitiness and bready notes. Flavour is cloyingly sweet, with loads of residual sugar, light spices, an syrupy malt. Way too sweet, but drinkable enough in small amounts. Okay.
drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, light tan, thick head that slowly settled and a little lace. Color is a clear amber brown. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, toffee, a hint of hop. Flavor’s similar to nose with hop coming out a lot more, hint of sweet, just right amount of tang. Body is good although the alcohol warmth is a bit strong, great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has a little solvent in the long lasting taper off. But good drinking brew.
JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy mahogany body, sturdy head, thorough lacing. Has the qualities of an American Strong Ale, moderate bitterness and bready malt. However, strangley medium body at best. My brother gave me a bottle for Christmas. HO!HO! has been lurking in the beer fridge, bottle was at least five months old.
penstemon (127) - - JAN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany with an off-white head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, dried fruit, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is brown sugar, dried fruit, drying hoppy bitterness. Pretty nice.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Out of the bottle from Uptown. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Smells strongly of roasted malts. Taste is heavily roasted as well with a weird roasted aftertaste. Not too bad even with the aftertaste.
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Dark amber color, with medium sized creamy head. Mild aroma of caramel. Caramel flavor, with a good body strength, moderate sweetness, not really spicy; but the bitterness is too strong in the final, almost disturbing.