tmongoose (928) - 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 (1505) - 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. Itís creamy. A spicy bitterness is at the front, first like juniper and then like wood resin. Thereís a slight baklava sweetness lingering, but the bitterness keeps it opressed. This is a big burly beer. Good stuff.
seekingup2 (80) - - DEC 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Not my favorite winter brew, but not bad at all! Dirty malty color to the pour. Very spicy aroma, with a bit of a hop finish. Iíll be trying this one again!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Clear lighter brown with a small off-white head. Fruity, perfumey alcohol, lighter spicy and floral hops, and some toasty carmel malt in the aroma. The flavor has noticeable alcohol which is almost floral and a light malty sweetness but pretty good balance overall. Finishes with a medium bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A little too much alcohol presence for me, but a nice beer other than that.
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: lightly hazed reddish brown with a one-finger off-white head slowly shrinking to a thick cap, with pretty lace. Aroma: toasted oat bread, with strong notes of dank, earthy hops with a bit of citrus hidden underneath. Taste: caramel and toasted malts over a solid wet-leaf hop profile. Finish: medium length, a little dry, with a good balance of toasty malts and bitter hops. Notes: A very balanced and drinkable beer for a 7.5 abv. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Overall, pretty nice but also pretty average.
DrSilverworm (4016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly clear, deep dark red color, minimal off-white head, some lace. Good spicy bitter taste, with a light sweetness. Very tasty. Some toastiness to the grains here, and the hops come at you in a quick blast. A very balanced beer. Or at least balanced around the center I prefer my brews to be.. Big, a good a good amount of hops, with an even toasty-malty sweetness, that is. Carbonation is a bit sharp, however, and thereís a slight oiliness, but otherwise the mouthfeel is good.
verd77 (13) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sweet caramel taste with a slight hop bite. clear amber pour with a weak head. Decent beer.
RyanK (131) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poors a dirty brownish gold with a large foam head that is a off white color. Appears to be unfiltered. Smells of sweets hops, like itís loaded with them. There is also some citrus in the smells as well. Taste is a well balanced mix of malt and hop. These are the commanding elements but other aspects such as toffee and caramel kind of add to the malt. Mostly this just taste like a bitter ale. Itís good a good winter warmer type of beer I feel the 7.5%abv in my chest and not in my mouth. Dry malty finish, malt is quiet dark with notes of toffee.
mikesaum (522) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at brews, brown color with dirty head, malt and balanced hop aroma,. Smooth taste with slight hops bitterness not too complex, ok.