tzachary (2) - Knoxville, - APR 29, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber poured into Ballast Point pint glass. Although its 80 degrees and humid outside (not really Winter, eh?), the label caught my eye, Earthfare had it on sale, and I had never tasted it before, so here we go. Paired with roasted, unsalted almonds.
Aroma: Subtle vanilla.
Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown, with a 0.25" off-white head. Minimal lacing.
Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is spiced rum and vanilla coke. There’s minimal hop bitterness present, with the main flavor being the smooth, slightly sweet, vanilla.
Palate: Medium bodied, with a slight cream texture. Medium-low carbonation.
Despite the weather being incongruent with the assumed target, this beer was enjoyable.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed on 1/8/11.
This was the third installment of City Bev’s Freakin’ Firkin Friday. Had a pint at the store yesterday. Pours a hazy brown-tinted copper. A small off-white head caps it off. Faint lace sticks around. The nose is potent with strong notes of vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, toasted pecans. Fantastic nose.
Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel, as was expected with the cask. Carbonation level is minimal. Perfect sipper. Flavor profile mirrors the nose somewhat with vanilla, cinnamon, sweet malts. The spices are more muted in this version of the beer, but this is still a splendid winter dessert brew. Perfect to sip on a crisp, cold evening.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a clear, deeper and brighter ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter and malty with caramel, a touch of toast, light spices, and subtle fruits with raspberry, cranberry, and cherry. A light vanilla and apple-cinnamon. Flavor is similar. Rich caramel and much more of a distinct vanilla up front before some cinnamon and spice comes in. A touch of toast with a subtle mixture of the berry fruits from the aroma before the spices and a light grassy hop dry this out and give it a light bitterness. A light caramel balances the finish before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste of vanilla, spice, and slightly toasty caramel. Medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid beer. Very well balanced with a lightly toasted caramel, smooth vanilla, cinnamon spice, and subtle fruits. Good one.
Johnsense (1248) - - FEB 4, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Collor coloured pour, good head, good lacing. Subtle aroma of candied dark fruits. A bit more complex as it warms - Dark fruit, hard candies, a bit of cinnamon and some spiciness. A bit light in the mouthfeel. Very subtle, whereas I prefer a winter warmer that will make you take notice.
rollinsr (547) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wasn’t a huge fan of this one though it came out of a single batch cask and may have just been an off batch. The maltiness of this one seemed to beer overpowered by the whisky aroma. Reminded me of a watered-down boiler-maker. I will most likely try this one again and re-rate it.
Blairgus (4007) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 jan 2012, bottle. Light nut brown, clear, no bubbles. bready and alcoholy winter ale. Nothing amazing on the nose but it is enticing. Full body and almost flat. Nice Lightly caramel and faintly nutty. Decent.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ar: Slight malt and toast - a bit of cinnamon, pepper, and some stale fruitiness.
Ap: Copper, crystal clear - medium very light tan head - good retention with thick lacing.
T: Very fruity - blueberry and raspberry - fruit and slight maltiness dominates - very low bitterness.
P: Medium bod with medium carbonation - finish is somewhat dr.
O: Simple and drinkable beer - fairly one-note and fruitiness is a bit artificial, but overall, not too shabby.
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour. Nose is full of bubblegum and banana sweetness with a hint of citrusy hops. Some caramel in the nose. A touch of spice (cinnamon) is also in the aroma but faint. Pour is a nice brown/ruby color in the light with a light tan, fluffy head with sloppy lacing. Taste is quite malty with some slight citrus hops. Notes of caramel and toffee come through with some slight nuttiness at the end. Some light cinnamon and cardamom are present as the beer warms up. Good ale for a cool night.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful amber body with a creamy head. Nose is mainly herbal, with mellow notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Flavor are smooth vanilla with a nice malty undertone. Finished a tad fruity with a bitter finish from the hops.
jtclockwork (13507) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with tan head. Nose and taste of sweet caramel candy, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and spicy hops. Great spice balance. Medium body.