presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper, good lace. Strong hop scent. Piney and citrus. Woody hoppy flavour. Like a strong woody IPA. Flavour is exactly as per the commercial description. Floral, spivey, citrus and a honey sweetness.
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fantastic beer. Whenever I pick up an "American Strong Ale", I’m always a little confused about what I should be expecting. Abominable poursout an amber body with ligh tcopperish tones on the edges. A head of yellowish beige and some beautiful lacing spots. The nose is hoppy and sweet with a big grapefruit note and light malts. A hint of alcohol and odd fruity notes are also detected on the nose. The taste is moderately malted in the middle with a big hop and tangy grapferuit on the finish. A lingering bitterness with a mild alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. Abominable has a medium to full body and a resinous sticky mouthfeel. This is a fantastic "winter beer" analagous to a merger of IPA and Imperial IPA.
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of tastes like an amped up ESB or a mild barleywine - quite sweet, but with potent herbal and woody hops and peppery alcohol - a bit of caramel and toffee - spicy finish - a bit sweet, but okay.
pintbypint (2541) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle.Brassy orange pour, whitish head. Nose has lots of pleasing pine hops, quite resiny, below that is some sweeter caramel and toffee malts. In the mouth the beer has a sweet malt backbone, overlayed is a layer of piney and grapefruity hop. Moderate to high bitterness, aftertaste has caramel malt layer and pine hops. Good hops blend, not what I was expecting out of a winter seasonal, but this is a nice American Strong and would be tasty no matter what the season.
Lagerboy (1171) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear medium copper, frothy tan head. Grassy floral aroma. Taste is dominated by grassy hops with a sweet malt backbone. I found this to be unbalanced, I prefer lower hopped winter ales with more sweet malts and baking spices. Still a well made, strong hoppy ale. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber and clear with a nice off white head. Aroma is piney hops, tropical fruits and sweet malts. Flavor is citrus hops, grapefruit, pine and caramel. medium bodied with a nice fruity finish.
dresden (779) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Brewpub Oct. 2011. Pours a clear ruby colour with a small amount of head. Not a ton of aroma, but a bit of orange peel there. This tastes better as it warms up. The bitterness comes out, but its an easy drinker. I like it quite a bit.
PacNWDad (64) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 Pours well with some nice Brussels lace on the side of the glass. Medium carbonation. Herbal and floral nose from the hops, with some maltiness and a bit of sulfur. Nice iced tea color, pretty clear. Taste is bittersweet. Some malolactic character. Finishes bitter. Overall, an enjoyable beer for the holidaysl.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 22 oz. bottle shared by umr_urgefan- thanks, Paul! Pours a clear orange color with a small off-white head. Fresh citrusy hop aroma with some sweet malts, pine, and tropical fruits. The flavor cranks it up a notch, with citrusy hops, sweet malts, pineapple, pine resin, melon, and caramel. Tasty. Medium-bodied, with a fruity mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really nice, HUB has impressed me so far.
Syzzer (581) - Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There are alot of hops for a winter ale. Pours a solid tan/brown. Good malty start like a cookie/buiscut but a bit much bitterness at finish