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Brewed by Hoyne Brewing
Style: American Strong Ale
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This lovely lady is luscious and full bodied, and like a Flamenco dancer, she is also a bit spicy. So be on guard: at 9% she can sneak up and overpower you!


Crit's rating

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, - JAN 28, 2013
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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4388) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1306) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
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).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RumRunner101 (810) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark clear mahogany with little head. Aromas or biscuit, grass, and malt. Flavors of biscuit, raisins, and light spice. Some spicy heat to finish, though could be the alcohol making a late appearance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarryBeast (536) - - DEC 12, 2012
650ml bottle. Deep copper colour with foamy head. Fresh, very organic aroma typical of Hoyne beers; hay, biscuit, caramel, dark fruit. Very light ’finishing touch’ spicing. Smooth, almost creamy -- the high alchohol content did sneak up on me, just like the label warned. Light sweetness in the body touched off by a crisp hop finish.


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