JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with some minor peat, and roastiness. Taste has a decent hop character. Nice finish.
Dogbrick (11327) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Kinetic Brewing Company. Murky reddish-brown in color with a medium beige head that recedes slowly. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of earthy malt, caramel and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, hops and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is sweet malt up front and leaves a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
skmikeg (1718) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium maroon brown with a small off white head which fades to very little lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, caramel. some pine resin, some fruity hops, and some mild peaty smoke. Taste is of toasted sweet malts, piney hops, dark fruits, caramel, some toffee/bread pudding, and some smokey peat notes. Has a medium body semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, sweet but still somewhat bitter, medium finish. overall, a good winter beer and excellent Scottish Ale.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown pour. I like the sweet malts, a hint of peat, some roasted nuts. Almost a hint of pine nuts. Enough hops to offer good balance. Good grain bill. Enjoyable beer.
MaltnHopsrGood (2) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured light brown. No head. Aromas are of malt and light citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium. Toasted malts and American hops are prominent. Firm bitterness. Good beer from a great brewery.
PotjeBier (2661) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, Arroyo (Pasadena). Brown color. Off white head. Aromaís: toasted bread, a bit earthy, herbal. Even more toasted aromaís retronasal: bread, chestnuts, also a hint of fruit. Flavor is toasted, medium sweet. Medium bodied. Finishes earthy bitter.
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís strange that the Scottish (not "Scotch") style hasnít really caught fire in the American craft beer scene. If done right, these beer have it all: plenty of malty sweetness balanced with hop bitterness and a hint of smoke. Theyíre versatile as they work great as stand-alone beverages or accompaniment with a meal. Well, at least thatís how Iíd describe Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark, murky, cranberry/maroon colored body. Forms a large, off-white, frothy head which laces and retains really well.
Smell: Sweet, dark malts with a hint of dark fruit and a faint trace of smoke.
Taste: Iíll admit I was rather hesitant going into Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer, as Iím not usually a fan of Scottish Ales. But one sip into it I knew this beer wasnít like most Iíve experienced. Thereís a much bigger taste profile here thatís both robust, complex and perfectly balanced. It has that classic taste of bready, slightly fruity maltiness in the English style. Thereís pronounced bitterness through the middle - a nice combination of astringency and piney, resiny hop character. The ending is the best part as thereís a strong burst of caramel sweetness followed by semi-sweet chocolate and slight bitterness just before it fades away. Thereís a smoky taste riding shotgun the entire time, but itís nice and subtle and doesnít distract from the main palate.
This is a really tasty palate, and a versatile one as I could see this beer working well in a variety of situational pairings: with a meal, with cheese, with dessert or as dessert. Take your pick.
Drinkability: Thankfully, Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer drinks like a bigger beer than it actually is. You donít tend to get this much flavor out of 6.5% ABV. Itís big enough that one serving satisfies, but light enough that it doesnít overwhelm you. Itís smooth and soft all around with an almost creamy-like texture but distinct carbonation to give it some energy. The aftertaste is a little dry, but itís easily tolerable.
peteinSD (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy brown pour with a slick of white foam. Aroma is toasty nuts, roasted grain, light hop bitterness, and toffee. Taste is light roast, nuts, perhaps some minimal peat, and some hop bitterness in the finish. Watery mouthfeel. Not bad.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at the brewery. Clear deep amber pour. Beige foam. Nose is malty, raw, caramel, fairly neutral. Taste is soapy, dusty, dry, quite tannic. Papery finish. Eh. Spotty lace.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the source. Pours with a crystal clear bronze hued body with a medium sized off-white head. Aromas are malty, lightly earthy, toasty, medium caramel, and a bit of a distracting roast. Low ester. Flavors are quite roasty for the style, slightly watery, medium malt, toasted, caramel. Medium carbonation. Misses the mark a touch for me.