glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dull Amber color....you can definitely taste the strong alcohol content. Sharp hop taste with just a little sip....but with a deep malt finish. Not as deep of taste as I expect a good winter beer to have. Might be why they’re serviing it in September....
JFGrind (1848) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked up my bottle at Sam’s Liquors in Chicago. Just like JMerritt and Cornfield it cost under $2 for a bomber. It was a West Coast holiday ale in the vain of SNCA, hoppy not spicey. Amber color with tan head that contained a few large bubbles. I believe I found a good deal on Bifrost but I also think the bottle had lost some quality and that landed it in the bargain bin @ Sam’s. I’ll be drinking my other bottle of Bifrost sooner than later.
JMerritt (1816) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Purchased at Sam’s Wine and Spirits for around $1.50 for a bomber. Pale orange with a frothy, uneven head. Lemongrass, alcohol, sour grapes and medicinal aroma. Off-putting caramel flavor, stale graham crackers and sour apples. Very alcoholic, with moderate carbonation. Wow, was this stuff awful. Looking at the other ratings, maybe my bottle was off, but it looks like I purchased it the same time and place as Cornfield. WIll have to re-rate again.
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There’s some awfully heavy-handed northwestern hopping for this to be an English strong ale... much more like an American, or even an Imperial IPA. Pouring a slightly hazy, deep amber body, it has a thick, yellowish head that does some nifty lacing. There’s a sturdy caramel base under the heavy pine and grapefruit hop bitterness. Nice and bitter, although the hops take a more earthy tone in the finish.
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Braudog (5841) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber but still; huge rocky head. Clean airy aroma with mellow flavors of candy corn, sugar and a teaser of the high alcohol.
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Clean medium amber hue with a initial large frothy head and excellent lace. The aroma has notes of spicy and piney hops, caramel and biscuity malt, grapfefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. The taste starts moderately bitter with a good malty background. The citric notes and sublime spices add some depth. Peppery and bitter finish. The feel is sharp and biting, metallic finish. A good beer but like Yulesmith is not a Holiday beer. Hum methinks it is an IIPA or at least an American Strong, nothing really English about it.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good hop aroma. Nice hop flavor throughout, with a good malt balance. Not quite as big as I would have expected but good none the less.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22 oz bottle: $4.50 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) This winter ale is more like a big west coast IPA to me. It’s fairly fruity initially, sweet, orange citrusy with a balancing hops bitterness, but the beer finishes with a dominant and lingering bitterness that’s typical of west coast. The two principle aromas in the mildly aromatic nose are a lightly sweet orange citrus and moderate hops, with some light malt in the background. Medium "plus" body and hoppy finish translate nicely into a crisp but round mouthfeel. A slow forming light tan head tops the murky amber beverage, but fades to a sheen within a few minutes. Not what I was expecting from a winter beer, but it’s still well made and enjoyable.
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A light orange appearance. Odd twist on the usual big malty english strong ales seasonals. A bit of sugar, citrus, and caramel present in the flavor. It would appear my notes get shorter and shorter as the evening progressed. Overall it was decent at best.
CapFlu (4550) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Orange amber body with a thin, white foamy head. Aroma of a creamy, hoppy, orange, and passion fruit. No carbonation. Biting bitterness with a buttery, spicey maltiness.