ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed 12/17/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a good amount of clarity. While the offwhite colored head has a nice texture, it quickly fades into a very thin collar - and isnít impressive to start with at less than one finger. The body is pretty beautiful, at least.
S: Has a definite graham cracker and chocolate vibe to the aroma. When given the chance to warm up, it develops a prune-like character to it. There isnít much in the way of spicing other than a touch of cinnamon.
T: Iím surprised how bitter this is. There is almost no sweetness to the caramel and toasted malts - if there is, I sure as shit donít notice it. Normally, this is a good thing for me. But this bitterness works against everything else, ruining both the balance and potential subtleties the spicing could have provided. After a while of warming up, some Centennial hops seem to make an appearance after the midtaste, almost as if itís trying (and failing) to ape SN Celebration in a manner. Not horrible, but everything just seems out of whack, and without any distinctness to any of the flavor notes.
M: The finish is dry and astringent. The problem is, itís not in a balanced manner, increasing the harshness of it. Even worse is the general chalkiness of the feel, which Iím no fan of either. All it does is make the texture feel thicker without really feeling substantial.
O: STís 2XMAS planted a seed of doubt toward my general dislike of winter warmers. Even if itís not a great example of the style, this makes me remember why I donít really care for the typical winter warmer. It feels off for some reason.
Rolfarild (21) - NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep amber with almost no head or lacing. Faint smell of vegetables and malt. Smooth mothfeel and low carbonation. Tase of dark malt, caramell and prunes. Fruity aftertaste.
BMMillsy (1552) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Green Turtle in Annapolis. Pours murky brown, smell of ttoffee malts and spices. Flavor includes plenty of spice. Not completely off-putting. Maybe worth trying if youíve got no other options around (the case at GT).
TEJA (1399) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, sweden.
Big and lasting brown head. Clowdy red-brown color. Big pale malty aroma with a tuch of caramell. Caramell malty taste but low sweetness and balanced body with a medium bitterness. The big alcohidden in the beer.ole content is not present and well the beer.
Franksv6 (297) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ winterbierfeesten Nijmegen. Red/ brown beer with a small white head. Taste is chocolade, koffie, sweet herbs, yeast. Nice USA beer.
bjakk (412) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - JAN 9, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark bronze, clear with dense yellowish head. Malt, fruit and alcohol. Malt, burned sucar, alcohol with burned mildly bitter aftertaste. Medium body
wekker84 (1610) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle a red brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy fruits oranges and hops flavor malts spicy citrus fruits oranges and bitter hops
sinfull (926) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good winter seasonal , without excess of spices. Actually , without spices. Dark amber color ,;medium, off-white head. Caramel , bread and some hops in aroma. Good balanced malty taste with warming finish. Really good in winter.
Mjp12 (485) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy malts on the nose and flavour, I was expecting either lots of spice, or loads of depth, but itís just a decent strong ale
Msdrbeat (56) - - DEC 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very new genre for me. Certainly wintery. Strong taste of oak? Not bad. Love the color.
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tinylightsrecs (276) - - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle received as a gift. Very warming, although I think that's the strength. A pretty enjoyable dark ale