Biggar2000 (20) - - DEC 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a descent beer for me. It’s a light beer color, & I like those. It has a distinct after taste that I don’t like which I’d refer to as a resin of grass, wood taste, but it isn’t the worst.
shrubber85 (7555) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Honey and barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet barley malt and moderately bitter grass flavor.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour on tap at Happy Gnome, dark reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of slight orange peel, cinnamon, clove, hints of caramel, toffee in there as well, kind of flabby with some acidic notes as well. Taste was a mix of slight acid, caramel, toffee, some fruity, sweet notes with some cinnamon, clove, finishing fairly sweet.
DBob5150 (195) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cloudy orange body, with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, spice and nutmeg. Taste is doughy, with hints of orange peel with a bitter aftertaste. Nothing I’d seek out again.
Patrickctenchi (3578) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark gold with a small, off-white head.
Fruit, bread, yeast aroma.
Taste is woody, bitter fruit, malt.
Herbal hop bittering.
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy yellow. What’s winter about this? Drinkable but very plain. (on tap at Winter Beer Dabbler, January 2014).
commonmac (300) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pint glass poured from the tap at Happy Gnome. A beautiful pour with two fingers of head. Color is really counterintuitive...much lighter golden than expected from a winter Belgian red ale. Taste is really all over the place. Kind of hoppy. Kind of sweet. Kind of off. Comparing it to abstract at seems applicable. Based on other reviews, I think this one gets a bad rap. By no means a beer I’d seek out again but there are definitely worse options especially considering it comes from Nebraska.
jbuskirk (433) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An odd beer, for sure. The dark amber color doesn’t hint at Belgian style flavors. Yet, that’s what this beer has to offer. There’s Belgian yeast, spicy, fruity hops, and a bit of smokiness in the taste profile. Suffice it to say, this beer isn’t for everyone. Yet, it’s a decent seasonal offering from Empyrean. I’m not sure I’d have another but I enjoyed this one.
racecarr98 (30) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a nice winter beer that leaves you feeling warm. It produces a very nice head and finishes with a slight aftertaste that isn’t bad.
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a light copper, with no head. Aroma is minimal, but slightly malty. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Very little hops.. Nothing spectacular.