ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed 2/6/13. 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color that could - under poorly lighted conditions - be mistaken for a stout. The head is a two finger mocha shade with excellent texturing. I’m also impressed with the head retention; it’s still standing a finger high after a minute.
S: This has a very roasty quality to it, acting as a compliment to the dark fruit esters and earthy/piny hops that also pop up on the nose. Nothing really stands out about it, but it gets the job done sufficiently. If the aesthetics screamed "stout", the aroma screams "black ale".
T: ...and the flavor screams "strong ale". The profile here has a far stronger dark fruit bend to it. Flavors of plums, raisins, figs, and cherries will then give way to a midtaste of licorice (not the nasty black stuff) and coffee. If there’s one thing noticeable, it’s that the further the flavors progress on the palate, the more ’roasty’ they become. The hops - which I expected to dominate, or at least have the strongest pull in the flavor profile - remain subtle throughout; their presence offering a balancing edge of earth, black pepper, and pine to the fruity sweetness. Give it time to warm up, and it will reveal notes of vanilla, chocolate, and walnuts after repeated sipping; it’s just complex enough to keep the palate guessing.
The best part about this one? The exhales - they have a wondrous dark chocolate/vanilla quality to them.
M: Typically smooth, syrupy, and vaguely sweet on its finish. The hop profile and roasted barley don’t dry out the finishing texture like I expected...or even wanted. Luckily, it’s light enough so that drinking it won’t be a chore. Carbonation is middling but well focused and uniform on the palate.
O: This becomes pretty sweet after a while, so it might not be a bad idea to have someone on standby to share this with. Still, if we’re talking about how this one lives up to the basic definition of the ’winter warmer’ moniker (meaning does it lift the soul and warm the orifices), I’d say it’s a success. I’d buy it again if Fremont ever decided to distribute to my state.
drfabulous (3398) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Prufrockstar. Dark black body. Tan head. Chocolate up front followed by a hoppy build. Roasty. Veyr nice.
harrymel (1096) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Hucks for aging this for me!
Pours a dark brown with a sheet of tan foam and a spotty leftover of lace. Nose is lots of caramel, toffee, tawny character - surprised given the SRM here. I like the sweet nose on this one. Flavor is sharply dry with malts and hints of sweetness and a molasses character. The malts have oxidized slightly over the year and have developed a woody character. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
pushkinwow (1618) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Dark mahagony with a biege creamy head. Quite malty and creamy, nutty, hints of chocolate and coffee with a slightly bitter finish that becomes dry.
Smurf2055 (1100) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Pours dark copper, two finger off white to khaki head.
Smell fruity and winter spices. Sweet.
Taste winter spices, bit sweet, coco and roast with a bitter hop finish.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage Small off-white head, copper-brown beer. Bourbon, vanilla, vanillabeans, sweet chocolate and caramel. Very sweet, alcohol, mint and sparadrap. Not really very balanced, despite the aging of the bottle. Very slick, viscous and oily, alcoholwarming. Quite good, if, once more, terribly sweet.
JStax (2403) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma has a a nice coffee cake, dry, ashy thing going on. Tastes toasty and herbal. Thicker mouthfeel. Overall its really good.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source courtesy of ajax25g, thank you! Dark maroon brown, beige head. Aroma of smooth milk chocolate and caffe macchiato. Taste is roasted coffee and cocoa.
savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Fremont. Deep amber brown with a tiny head. Aroma of biscuits, cocoa, holiday spice and brown sugar. Flavor is cocoa, dark bread, spice and light alcohol. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Not bad.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2012. Deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, chocolate. Oily mouthfeel, sweet on the palate, slightly boozy finish. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood.
crajun (825) - , Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 can rec’d in trade from. michaelinwa
darrrrrk pour - like a stout. big foamy head with long lacing. great aroma - I get roasted malts and coffee beans. 4 for palate. taste is roasted malt with slight alcohol and slight fudge plus a couple other things - this is a complex beer. I like this and now want to search down the bBomb!! Also finding I like this style.