1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours to a glowing brassy body with a thin tan head. The aroma is spicy hops and strawberry perfume. The flavor is bitter strawberry perfumey hops. Fruitcake. The palate is average.
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark mahogony in color w/ a small tan head and some nice lacing. Smells of baby powder and some light malts, very odd, a few other light spices in the back. Palate is full and fairly well carbonted. Flavor is odd, the baby powder wont go away, fairly sweet some odd spices in the finish. Not something i can drink.
Gachupines (913) - USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a thin lacing of white head. Taste is strong malts with chocolate, carmel and some strong spice flavors. Detect some notes of hazlenut as well combining for an overall flavor of malt, spice and a slight nutty brown ale character. Very interesting especially considering the low abv.
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in appearance, with aromas od caramel malt, almonds, spices, and some hops. The taste had a spiced and malty chocolatey element, with some brown sugar and hazelnuts. Medium palate.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear chestnut color with a thinbeige head. Aroma was malty with caramel and a nuttiness. Some spices mixed in with notes of grapes as well. Flavor of caramel malt and lightly spiced especially toward the finish. Medium body.
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Started getting the beer this year in Georgia in 22 oz. bombers (without the flip top), so went head and picked some up at Bullock’s on Sandy Plains in Marietta to sample what the North Carolinians have been raving about for so long.
The body came out deep reddish brown with a smallish foamy head that started off at one finger thick, and stayed at that level for a while. The smell was just absent, with even deep inhalation revealing almost nothing, except some timid floral to citric hops. The taste on the other hand was much more expressive, comprising of sweet caramel malt with just a hint of chocolate, winter spices (ginger, cinnamon, and clove), and citric hops all complimenting each other quite nicely. Much lighter in body than most Winter Warmers, with the lively carbonation sparkling across the tongue like a soda, this felt more like a spice enhanced Bitter. Quite easy to drink, and relatively low in ABV, this is very suitable for the milder Southern climate, with its pseudo winter.
May be next year, they can pump up the recipe to the next level, now that the cap has been popped,
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cranberry reddish tint to the black night color of this brew. Little if any head. Hoppy toffee aroma. I got a bit of licorice up front, but not the kind you get from a bw. A buttery feel to it as well and it finishes with a bit of bite. Interesting and not bad at all.
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of caramel, vanilla. roasted nuts, fruit, and light spices. Pours a dark transparent copper with a small soapy head that quickly fades to a ring. Quick nuttiness and caramel up front is quickly covered up by a vanilla, milk chocolate, butterscotch, and slight ginger finish. Pretty tastey, but probably couldn’t drink more than 12oz or so without it wearing on me.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Jonathan3584. Transparent mahogany with minimal head, fades to film quickly. Aroma all over the place, vanilla and spices up front, with some chocolate, mollasses and fruit. Spicy sweet caramel malt in initial flavor turns to all extract vanilla taste. Quite put off by all the vanilla.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(2005/2006 Version) The nose is very fruity; perhaps cherries were used to make this beer. The palate is full of chocolate, spice, and cherry notes. It’s like a wassail without being overwhelmed with spice. I did not think that I would like this beer, but it is interesting. Nice winter ale.