ACHops (1286) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Hard to believe I haven’t rated this yet. Pours inky brown with medium thin off white head. Aroma is sweet chocolate malt with a hint of floral hops. Taste is big rich chocolate malt balanced with spicy earthy hops. ABV is substantial, but doesn’t dominate. Much darker than most winter beers, more akin to a hoppy robust porter. Takes to barrel aging very well. Quite a bargain for the price too, as opposed to BBomb. One of my favorite winter beers, can’t get enough of this.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce can
Thanks to a generous trader for sending this a while ago. The last vestiges of winter felt like the right time to crack it open. I’ll have to get the bourbon barrel release next so I can see how it compares. This middle of the pack strong ale demonstrates why not all breweries are created equal.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep velvet black pour flows downwards like melted chocolate. Sandy head filters the scents of melted baker’s chocolate, malt, and semisweet cookies.
Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel of Hershey’s kisses, black coffee, and dried figs warms the palate. A full bodied finish bursts into a soft bitterness. The well done winter warmer has held up well although I doubt this is one to age for a very long time.
BuckeyeBoy (5635) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can pours out a brown with some ruby highlights topped with a small tan head. nose is roast some sweet malts and a caramel. Taste is more of the roast malts sweetness and rich malts.
JBPortland (1477) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can pours dark black brown with some faint light red edges and 2 finger foamy head. Nose and palate have bitter dusty chocolate, dark fruit, some grape, fruity cocoa, soft roast, light nutty sweetness, some caramel. Pleasant.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with a dark head. Roasted, cocoa, a bit of earthy spiced hops. Boldly flavored. Medium to full body. Finish is roast, chocolate, and background spice- lasting. Very enjoyable American Strong. Veers to the malty side but with plenty of spicy hops to avoid being a sweet bomb. God stuff.
DrinkyCrow (99) - Washington, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Nice. Strong, malty, bitter, not too spicy, straight up decent winter ale.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as a Christmas gift from a friend. Thanks! Pours nearly pitch black with a massing khaki brown head that sticks around a good while. Aroma of straight up malt extract--in a completely good way--some light hops, molasses, more sweet malts. Whoah. Flavor is sweet up front with big malt body to the Nth degree, some lightly earthy hops that balance things tremendously, finishing with some light roast and smoke, and long molasses notes. Big body, medium low carbonation. Right on. This is one of the better non-BAs in this style that I’ve had. Really delicious and relaxing. Have to try the bourbon version now.
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from can to glass. Dark hue with creamy tan head that lingered. Aroma is caramel, toffee, roast, chocolate. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and smooth carbonation. Taste is sweet with a slightly astringent bitterness following. Overall this is a nice beer.
DSG (11353) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3/2/15] Draught at Fremont Brewing in Seattle. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roast, caramel, nuts, chocolate, some fruitiness and some spicy notes. Sweet flavor, malty, with caramel, roast, nuts, some fruitiness and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.
VastActiv (5492) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Tap at Fremont Brewing, Seattle. Colour is black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Very hoppy and actually reminds of Plevnan Siperia.
maxwelldeux (4322) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose has some caramel and sweet toffee to it. Taste has just a bit of sweetness up front and has a toasty dry finish. Nice.