jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
dark peach with a light tan head, no retention... hoppy nose at first but then a ton of chemically alcohol that I feel like I can see wafting off the beer... bitter alcohol and pine resin, does not taste good at all, a bit of a floral character... pass on this
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a small tan head. Aroma of citrus, bread, herbs, and florals, Flavor of orange, caramel, toffee, florals, and butter with a dry, bitter finish.
Fratto (2328) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from bu11zeye. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma is citrus hops, grapefruit, and bready biscuits. Taste is dry, fruity, yeast, and dry spice.
blutt59 (5652) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, orange in color with a bitter tangerine peel and cocoa aroma, flavors are fruity citrus , bitter, caramel
Cavie (3382) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy bu11zeye. Clear light orange color with a white foamy head. Aroma is dry grains with some aged hops, and a slight body odor. Flavor is spicy hops and earthy sap notes. Slightly bitter finish.
Glouglouburp (5545) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A fun sweet golden beer brighten-up by oranges and grapefruity hops. Decent brew
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh, approximately 2 months after purchase. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Almost clear dark golden body topped by a small persistent off-white head
In long: Nose is freshly cut pine-tree and aromatic green herbs (mint and such). Overall the beer smelled a bit like those pine-tree air freshener that you hook to your car front mirror. Also some orange peels in the aroma. Taste is more pleasant than expected. Same elements as in the aroma except that everything works well together. Bitter orange peels, a bit of caramel, hard candies, cooking herbs, lots of residual sugars. This beer feels very hoppy with hops that have a grapefruit and orange profile. If it wasn’t for the excessive sugary character of the beer this beer could have beer quite good. But as it is, I really could taste refined white sugars… not fun in a beer. But overall I thought the beer was bright and very crisp. I drank a bomber by myself and it wasn’t a hard task, and also because I had nobody to share it with. The world can be such a cold and lonely place, until you realize you’re drunk and fell into the freezer again.
BeefPocoroba (41) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at Tim’s House. Not as big a fan as the rest. The malts and hops don’t work together. Malty first taste with overly hoppy after-taste. Too bitter
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - APR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver
Hazy amber color. Very nice aroma of fruity hops. Good caramel flavor, malt, quite dry in the beginning; strong bitterness with some bitter orange fruitiness. Very good.
CapFlu (4010) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Cook Street Liquor Store in Victoria. Pours a large beige foamy head atop a deep orange amber body. The nose is very hoppy with orange aroma and a decent caramel malt base. Not your usual Winte Ale, as there was no spice, but a decent hopbomb nonetheless.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Orange peel and minty basil notes spice up this Winter Warmer’s resinous hop presence, sculpting a refreshing, slick pint.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty dull amber.
-Alcohol is well concealed in the flavor profile.
-This is very well-brewed, but it is not a compelling recipe to me.
-Malts offer a little caramel sweetness here and there.
-The prickly carbonation was a bit overdone.
On tap at Alibi Room.