harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has quickly become my favorite out of the winter seasonals. This is a true big beer, with alot of candy sugar and spice in the flavor and a huge malt backbone, with just enough hop character to give it some mouthfeel and to overlap the heat from the alcohol.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish-copper color with a fast fading light beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is pleasant, malty, lightly fruity, some alcohol. Medium bodied with perhaps lighter than average carbonation. Pleasant blend of malt and hop in flavor. Pit fruit presence with moderate alcohol. Ample hop bitterness in finish. Nicely done, enjoyable if not amazing.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a medium ruby color. Not much head to speak of. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with a little bit of maltiness. Flavor is sweet and malty right of the bat. Some dark fruit. Rich thick palate, maybe a hint of raison. Slight alcohol.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a moderate creamy off-white head. Complex nose of Christmas fruit cake dominated by cherries and nuts, caramel, clove, and other spices. Flavor of breadiness, fruit, and caramel with a chewy and alcoholic finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle. Thanks to Bu11zeye for this beer. Big chewy head. Color is a ruby red dark brown. Aroma is malty and medicine-like. Has a distinct flavor of the cherries in fruit cocktail. There’s an up front tartness that I don’t usually detect in most high gravity strong ale/barley wines. This seems to be much closer in style to a Brittish barley wine. Not the thickest malt body, but slightly better than Youngs Old Nick. Sweet and tart is in great balance together. Nice berry flavor with evena hint of cinnamon when the beer is warm. Yummy!
PJS (3) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005 does not count
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep ambe/maple syrup color
subtle aroma, slight scent of hops and a bit of carmel on the second whiff. full, spacious mouth feel. Taste a little bit of peanut shelll and toffee.
BrewDad (5015) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2005 Winter Ale Fest Portland, Oregon) A classic strong ale with a great hoppy flavor. The malt balance was also very good. I loved the flavor of this beer. It was a good style t brew and held up to the other beers at the fesitval. Good Job.
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite an attractive deep brown coloured ale, slightlyhazy with a beautiful thick, creamy off white head. Nice laceing.
A very malty aroma to this one,mainlly smells of caramel and slight chocolate hints.
In taste this brewis indeed dominated by the amalts, as it says so on the label, but it is not too sweet and has a low intensity, long lasting bitterness near the end. Taste profiles: ddark fruits, dried apricots and dark unrefined sugars.
I found this quite pleasant on the palate on this cold late Fall night.
Good cold weather ale, though I believe two would be sufficient before bed!
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had the sampler of this. Deep brown with a floral aroma. Started with a complex taste of the malts used with a bitter sweet finish. I sipped on this for a few minutes to let the flavors roll around in my palate. I liked this beer and is worth a try, even if it is just the sampler.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of malts and fruity yeast. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Tastes more like a belgian strong ale rather than an english. Yest and fruit notes are very prnounced in the beers tastes. Aftertaste becomes all yeasty fruit flavor. A nice beer but not my style.