bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at OíMalleyís in Sylva, NC. Dark cooper color with sweet, light brown head. Outstanding winter brew! Smooth and delicious blend of spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, maybe a bit of chocolate? This is a great wintertime beverage. Better get some soon...it sold out fast last year...we had to hunt all over Western North Carolina last year starting in December. Iíve already started to stock up. If you like winter ales, you will not be disappointed with a cold, Cold Mountain!
FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It looks to be about 20 SRM and has an awesome malty flavor of toasted oats and caramel with a lot of vanilla, and graham cracker...like a cheese cake crust. really light hop bitterness, probably 10-15 IBUs. Mouthfeel is rich and buttery. 2 finger head which retained well and left a nice lacing down the tulip glass I used. Finish wasn't dry at all and the vanilla came through strong at the finish. Aroma wasn't anything special, no hops, all malt. I am thinking they didn't use any hops in the last 5 minutes of the boil because it virtually had an all malt aroma. Pretty darn good beer, definitely a great session winter beer, abv is 5.8%.
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tnkw01 (858) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark clear color. Really nice head. Aroma was really pleasant. Spicy vanilla. Taste was a little weak but also spicy vanilla.
Dogbrick (6863) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Nona Tap Room. The beer is a clear mahogany color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Malt, caramel and vanilla in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel and spiced fruit. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
AGGarcia44 (17) - - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Aroma is caramel, toffee, slight ginger and nutmeg. As beer warms the spices and dark fruit come through. Taste matches aroma but is stronger than what aroma foreshadows. Lasting caramel sweetness with a slight puckering spice finish. As beer warms the dark fruit character comes through.Head quickly dissipates and hugs the rim of the glass creating a lacing effect. Head reforms with an easy swirl.Medium body with a barely noticeable slickness buttery mouthfeel. Very clear light brown in a shadow but deep red with some light. I?d recommend serving at 55-60F as the flavor is much more potent
EricTeusink (438) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apparently everyone in Asheville goes crazy over the release of this beer. It is a good brew and is widely available in Atlanta. Pours light amber with slight white head. Spiciness in the scent and taste is slight and blends well with the sweet-leaning flavor. Medium light body and well carbonated. Draft - Augustineís - Atlanta, GA
tdmuel (195) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, slightly hazy mahogany color with a creamy light tan head. One the nose, vanilla, citrus, bready malt notes, a sweet berry note and a touch of spice. Nice, but mellow, citrusy hop bite on the taste, very strong toasty malt character, creamy vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. Really reminds me of winter solstice, but with a nicer citrusy bite to it.
wnoble (1096) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber and clear. Itís too cold to get anything off of the nose but the flavor lends elements of bread, toast, sticky malts, toffee, and a touch of chocolate. Medium body Nd pretty smooth. Enjoyed this one.
Edit: zero head retention and my glass is clean
merc7186 (1496) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Brown/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Maple, Caramel
T: Maple, Caramel
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Semi Drying
Overall, a nice winter ale with decent maple flavor but not much beyond that.
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a clear reddish medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light scattered film with a medium collar and fair sticky lacing.
The aroma was quite complex with a toasted bread malt, light spruce hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee and dark fruit (figs and dates).
The taste was a bold malty sweet with a decent fruit presence along with hints of chocolate and caramel from the get go and was present pretty much throughout, it then progressed slightly with a mild bitter hoppy taste, a touch of coffee and a light toffee sweetness towards the finish. The flavor lasted a bit longer that average following the swallow, with a bitter sweet taste lingering on the taste buds for quite a while longer.
Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this was an extremely tasty, well balanced Winter Ale. I will say with everything this brew has going on it was blended superbly well, which allowed for a smooth and very enjoyable drinkability... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL. Poured a clear reddish amber. Medium tan foam with no retention or lacing. Richer maple and brown sugar nose, starting off as a barleywine. Taste is bland- lemon tea, mild maple and brown sugar, somewhat tart actually. Citric acid bite in finish.