CampesinoTino (686) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Appearance is a solid dark brown color along with a half-inch of tan head. The aroma is along the lines of a Porter or Stout with lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and molasses. The taste is relatively similar with a strong emphasis on the dark roast malt and chocolate mocha flavors in addition to some toffee, fig and raisin notes. Also a mild citrus and herbal hops presence in the background. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy while the finish is dry, bitter and smoky. Overall, an interesting blend of different styles (Porter, Stout, Winter Warmer) with a good balance between the dark roasty malt and hops flavors.
killjoy966 (676) - Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Fremont Brewing Company. Personally, I thought the bourbon barrel aged version was a bit better, but this was pretty good, too. Smells like maple syrup and brown sugar. Hops give t a nice kick. Malt flavor coats the mouth and lasts for a while. I will definitely be trying some more from the FBC.
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. Iím also impressed with the head retention; itís 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 thereís one thing noticeable, itís that the further the flavors progress on the palate, the more íroastyí 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; itís 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 donít dry out the finishing texture like I expected...or even wanted. Luckily, itís light enough so that drinking it wonít 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 weíre talking about how this one lives up to the basic definition of the íwinter warmerí moniker (meaning does it lift the soul and warm the orifices), Iíd say itís a success. Iíd buy it again if Fremont ever decided to distribute to my state.
bmerz (588) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bloack like a stout with tan frothy head and good lace. The aroma is toasted grain and nuts. The flavor is well balanced with notes of chocolate, coffee, nuts, herbs, and lactic acid. It finishes spicy and piney. It is very fresh, medium bodied with a lively but quick carbonation and an astringent finish. This is a very nice and drinkable beer. It seems a stout at first but has a complexity that unfolds.
michaelinwa (534) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Pours about as dark as a stout, with a mild roasty malt aroma that is not impressive. The flavor is balanced, with the focus on mild roasted malt notes, slight complexity, and just enough hops. This is a solid beer, but probably falls behind Avery Old Jubilation in this style since it doesnít manage to be quite as interesting. Ages and improves well, but I see no need to revisit this when there are couple others in the style that work better.
Update 11/2012: sampled a bottle cellared for one year. Cellaring makes this a better beer as it takes much of the hop edge off, and brings up a sharper malt flavor. I definitely prefer this with some age on it. Will interesting to try a 2 year old sample next year.
harrymel (516) - 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
ACHops (474) - 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 @ Chuckís 85th. Hard to believe I havenít 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 doesnít 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, canít get enough of this.
Prufrockstar (447) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft in sandpoint, Idaho. Dark brown pour with creamy tan head. Moderate retention. Aroma is chocolate, roasted grains, toffee. Taste: toasty. Moderate bitterness (coffee grounds), light to moderate sweetness. Palate: moderate carbonation, medium body. Lightly bitter lingering finish. Overall: it's wild how different this is from the b-bomb. Coffee finish is pronounced. Definitely tasty, but mostly it makes me want to pick up another bottle of the b-bomb before they're gone for the season.
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crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, nearly opaque, nearly black, with a thick, foamy, lasting light-tan head. Aroma is not particularly potent, consisting of sweet malts, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, mild chocolate, mild toffee, not overly sweet, with a subtle hop bite at the end. All very balanced and mellow. As far as winter ales go, this is one suits me better than most.
trujahwarrior (394) - Monroe, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with w medium tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt and caramel. Tastes of all the same things I mentioned in the nose with a pretty good hop presence. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a dry finish. Overall this is a top notch winter warmer thatís affordable.