BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intersting brew, its dark brown with a creamy head. Aroma is sweet caramel, some sugar and some light hops. Tastes creamy and nicely balanced with the hops. Hard to tell the ABV is high. Good spice at the end.
OldMrCrow (1618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the High Life
I was pleased to find that this was the winter seasonal at the High Life in Ballard (my best local source for rotating Diamond Knot beers). Pours a deep elegant brown, very rich, modest head, big lacing. The lovely aroma brings in plenty of roasty nuts, some figs and raisins, and showcases a very brewery-distinctive hop profile that reminds me of their unusual but very nice brown ale. The flavor maybe doesnít quite match the aroma, though itís very nice: again roasty, more nut and fruit than chocolate and espresso, albeit with a bit of coffee slipping in late before the c-hops (not overly aggressive, but nicely assertive with grapefruit notes) close out the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is exquisite. It doesnít hurt that the serving temperature and carbonation are perfect, but more than that this beer is so creamy and smooth and exquisitely drinkable, full but not sticky, not the least bit hot.
Overall Iím very impressed and eager to have another crack at this one. Most PacNW winter warmers turn me off with too much coffee and too strong of hops; this one is different, dark, and utterly delicious.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ bigwood fest / 2006 bourbon barrel edition - reddish brown with light tan head; robust aromas of caramel, hops and very obvious bourbon hints; bourbon also obvious in the flavors and lead to some bitterness at first; cream and complex flavor mix; lots of warm aftertaste
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks KFInn!! - Pours clear amber with a very small beige head...aroma is burnt spice and vanilla, toffee...flavour is similar, burnt sugar, cinnamon bark, roasted grain...finish is a sharp lingering bitterness...glad I got to try this one!
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Fairly Christmasy in appearance, flavor and aroma. Not bad, but not great. The hops and spice clashed a little. A little more hoppy than I was expecting.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark, amber with an average, off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate, toasted malts; caramel and chocolate; hints of mild and strong coffee; moderate to heavy orange hops; and Christmas spices. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and light to mod bitter. There was caramel malt, roasted malt, chocolate malt, hints of coffee, orange citrus hops, Christmasy spices and some piney hops. The medium to full body was syrupy and then fairly dry with tingly carbonation and a dry, slightly chalky and slightly metallic finish.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was the 2006 vintage, so the flavors are more complex, but on the whole, more muted than its brethren. A dark ruby pour you get a whiff of something close to grapefruit hiding amongst the malt. The big surprise here is how much the hops come through, even for its age. Itís more balanced out so it doesnít come across like an IPA, but it holds its bitterness well and ends in a nice gentle decline. I enjoyed this beer.
skoisirius (1345) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz sample bottle into a Lager glass. Pours a brown toned amber with a small tannish head. Aroma smells of spices, herbs, tropical fruit, and a roasty malt. The flavor has a nice sweet malt start which moves progressively into a very spicey body and finish. Cinnamon, cardomon, and other spices are very present lingering past the finish. Pleasantly surprised - much better than anticipated. Very spicey!!
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Dog and Pony Alehouse. Nice fluffy head that sticks around for quite some time. Nice lighter brown copper color. Very sweet caramel malt aroma. Literally I am getting some caramel sweet aroma in this beer. I wasnít expecting the aroma considering this is a spice/herb/vegetable. Not much in terms of hops, at least in the aroma. Very toasty/caramel/malt sweet taste. A very sweet beer with some bittering hops to balance out the flavor. The beer has a smooth texture, but I am just a little pissed off about the extreme lack of spices that are coming through. I simply donít get how they are calling this a spice beer. Donít smell the spices at all.
trevor211 (1240) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad at all. Pours deep brown with a light tan head. Very well balanced - this is much like a barleywine. Tons of ingredients, without straying too far into cloying malts or acerbic hops. Itís a palate bomb they managed to reel in from the edge. Some spices in there as well (root beer is right), and a very dry finish. Nice one.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub. Cherry brown with medium head. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste is roasted malt in the beginning, butr quickly gives way to very bitter C hops. Balanced well. Definitely not a hop bomb, but more of a focus on the hops than I expected. Enjoyable for sure.