duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber, small head. Lots of citrus hops in the nose. Body is mostly hops, with grapefruit and lemon. Very nice.
GregClow (3041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught sampler at Elysian Brewpub, Seattle. Clear orange-copper colour. Aroma is warm and well-hopped. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Flavour is big and warm, with lots of citric and flowery hops. A little hot, but an enjoyable warmer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Slightly hazy bright pink copper hue. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Fruity hop aromas with nuances of orange citrus, raspberries and grapefruit. Subtle notes of vanilla and malt aromas. Full bodied with a sticky cloying palate. Good alcohol burn. Smooth malts, crisp and medium. Bitter lively effervescence. Second pour produces thick, tight cavernous head. Definitely activated the dregs from the depths. Still rather hazy. The malts shine more so as the beer warms. Smooth malts. Easy, but still with a nice accompaning burn. Nice fruity esters. Piney sticky hops. Nice clinging head. Solid brew!
cornqhiggin (1) - USA - JAN 15, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20 oz. bottle. Big hop nose that faded over time. As it warmed up developed unique citrusy character (orange/grapefruit) in the finish.
troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured deep amber with thick white head. Aroma of bread, malt and toast. Malty with big hoppy taste and finish. Not heavy like many winter ales.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Smells of bread, roasty, cereal, scents. Thick and hazy golden-amber colour. Flavor is initially dominated with mass quantities of hops. There is some medium-heavy floral malt essence with a touch of winter spice and blended well into the smooth body but kind of drowned out by the hops, which is okay. Slightly sweet and tangy as well Very interesting overall for a winter seasonal - and very unexpected.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at brewery. amber color. fruity nose, very hopped with multiple waves of multiple hop flavors. a delightful winter beer - refreshing and hearty at the same time.
DrinkMoreBeer (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely hopped winter ale with a somewhat bitter finish. Balanced with a sweet maltiness. One of the top 4 winter beers among 20 sampled last night.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Relatively pale to medium amber brew with some foam and lace, nice piney aroma with that great bittersweet balance that Centennial hops provide. Clean pretty much, but obfuscated in the middle somewhere is a touch of "rancio", like someone thru a balled up hunk of sourdough and/or a big ol’ porcini mushroom in the fermenter or somethin’... some sort of English yeast I’m guessing. I like it, it’s got character.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours a clear brilliant amber with a dense, lasting head. Lemon/hop nose is fairly strong. First taste packs a hop bite with a sweetish piney character. Finish trails off into slow, sweet, warming glow with just a tang of hops left behind. I liked this year’s batch over the last couple.