lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Different label than that in the picture. Purchase before: 03/12. Pours a ruby/amber color with a nicely sized beige head. An aroma of caramel maltiness, toffee, some cereal, a doughy yeastiness, and the slightest hint of citrus in the background. A relatively medium-bodied palate. Caramel, toffee, and a dusting of brown sugar upfront taste-wise. A lightly biscuity middle. Kinda bready. An ample amount of bittering grassy hoppiness at the end. Some nice spiciness all the way through. The alcohol is hidden very well. Easy to drink and quite pleasant.
jkwalking05 (3721) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Oceans & Ale in Williamsburg, VA. Copper in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of bread dough, caramel, citrus and spicy hops. Taste is of toast, toffee, and citrus with a wonderful hop finish.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this definitely a good example of a winter warmer. Slight hops but not really much mostly malty. Carmel notes and a good bit of sugar dominate the body that linger through the finish. Good winter beer.
TATE (297) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Aroma has malt in the forefront and dominates the flavor with big bitterness at the end. This was a bit much for me and not my favorite style.
bmerz (704) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A clear brown beer with good head retention and lacing. Aroma is full and fresh sweet malty ripe dark fruit with a bit of butter. Some pine and funky NW hops are in there as well. Flavor is sweet malty at first but dries quickly to a long bitter finish. Slick and sticky palate. Pretty well constructed. Nothing I love about any individual element but it works together.
sonnycheeba (3510) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear copper with thick off-white head; good lacing. Aroma is floral and citrus hops, spice, caramel, and toasted malt. Flavor is initially hoppy and bitter (floral and grapefruit tastes) which is then balanced out by sweet malt (bread and slight caramel) notes. Medium body and carbonation.
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber body with a small fizzy beige head that left some nice lacing. The nose is a balance between toasted malts and a floral hoppiness, leaning towards the malty side. Certainly malt leaning on the flavor, but finishes with a moderate spicy hop note and some lingering bitterness. The more I have the more the underlying sweetness emerges and gets a little tiring. Medium bodied, a bit clingy, with fizzy forced carbonation. Not bad at first, but I quickly got bored with it.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a full bodied and full-flavored beer. There is a generous and balanced helping of both hops and malts, a changing fruitiness, and sutle spices. Seems to be approaching flavors similar to a barleywine. Very good.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very good winter warmer, and I will make it a yearly ritual to have some of these stashed away for those cold winter nights.
rangerred (919) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on cask at Nicholson’s in Cincinnati.
Arrived a clear ruby with a small head. Excellent lacing.
The smell was full of floral/citrus hops. Some caramel malt as well.
The flavor is very hop forward. Wonderful citrusy hops dominate throughout with a quite assertive bitterness. Malt notes come in at the end and linger.
This is a great beer and one that I am thrilled I got to try on cask. Will definitely seek out again.