bmerz (655) - 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 (2955) - 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 (4564) - 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 (982) - 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 (447) - Hurley, New York, 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 (841) - 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.
csaso (1196) - Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - Big foamy head, medium copper color, mild malt aroma, nice balanced flavor - nothing outstanding, but not bad
tmongoose (1034) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz pours a dark amber color. little off white head, aroma of sweet malt characterstics. almost has a touch of a fruity flavor think its based on the sweetness of the malt. decent enough not a huge fan of esb. but this beer is pretty much spot on for enjoyment.
Leafs93 (1576) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On the sixth day of Christmas 2011. Pours amber brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, earthyness and citrus. Taste is sweet with bitters on the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a drying finish. Alcohol lends slight warming.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale is a crystal clear and very sparkling copper ale with a huge, foamy, off white head that has outstanding retention. A sweet grainy bready raisin aroma is kind if muffled by the head. The soft, smooth, full body has a bone dry finish. It’s creamy. A spicy bitterness is at the front, first like juniper and then like wood resin. There’s a slight baklava sweetness lingering, but the bitterness keeps it opressed. This is a big burly beer. Good stuff.