mcberko (14411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650mL bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a small white head. Nose brings out lots of English bready malt and toasted caramel. Flavour is along the same lines, with English bready malt, caramel and a touch of earthy notes. Certainly not the most complex for the style, but it’s decently balanced and structures. Bit of a boozy finish but in no way intrusive.
Lagerboy (1937) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Gift wrapped bomber. Clear flat orangey copper, sparse tan foam fades fast. Odd aroma of Belgian fruitiness and baking spices. Taste is slightly fruitish, festive spices, lightly sweet lean pale c-malt, somewhat bland, boozy petrol towards the end. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. It seems more time was spent composing the inane rhetoric on the label than on the crafting of the brew. The only gratitude expressed was when it was finally gone. Disappointing. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
vadie (1231) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby très foncé avec un petit col beige. L’arôme d’une bière belge mais aussi les épices. En bouche c’est le même mais elle manque le corps d’une belge.
reebtogi (5686) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle with a fancy paper wrap pours a deep amber color with a finger and a half of off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aroma is cinnamon, all-spice and nutmeg with some caramel and light fruits. Taste is spicy with a light herbal hop bitterness with a light fruit and caramel malty sweetness. This brew is quite sweet, but still pretty interesting an tasty. Recommended.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is lightly fruity - has a soft estery character and a touch of light fruity sweetness. Has a little bit of soft toffeeish character. Pretty nicely balanced English style ale.
stantheman (900) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
A 650 ml paper wrapped bomber from Liquor Barn in North Burnaby. A darker amber beer with a bit of whitish head. Vaguely spicy on the nose. Taste-wise it’s somewhat fruity along the lines of Belgian strong ales, but this impression quickly gives way to spicy notes reminiscent of pumpkin ales. You know, the usual suspects; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise et al. Pleasant enough, but not exciting.
So then...an American strong ale with pretensions of being a Belgian-style strong ale, i.e. fruity and spicy, but somehow lacking the requisite complexity. My impression is one of solid ingredients thrown together hastily. Nice try, Sean Hoyne, and I wish you much success in future.
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this for a while because I’ve got a backlog of high gravity bombers, have to drink them with friends and even then we’re often not in the mood. Reminded me a bit of the Vancouver Island DoughHead but better, too thin, but the red toasted caramel is at least there and blends fairly well with the spices. Not much alcohol, mild bitter finish blending with the spices. That’s about it. Love the packaging.
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sparkling amber, minimal head.Malts nose,hint of fruit.Tart fizzy palate,light malt mid,light spices with cherry notes.Full bodied
Drinkable, but not memorable
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Dark amber color, clean, with medium sized compact head. It has mild aroma of caramel and Christmas spices, some sweet gingerbread. The mouthfeel is round, quite sweet, with caramel flavor and mild spices (cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg); the bitterness is relatively low.
It’s correctly brewed, flawless, but I would prefer less Winter and more Warmer (less spice, more malt character).
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a chestnut brown with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is nutmeg, ginger, biscuit, caramel. Flavour is lots of spice with some biscuity malts and caramel as well. Alcohol gives a nice bit of warmth, but doesn’t seem boozy. Not unlike the other Hoyne beers, this is on the thin side, but I’d still say it lives up to it’s name as a winter warmer.