Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, - 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
JoeMcPhee (8314) - 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 (628) - 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 (1279) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - 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.
fiulijn (14350) - 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 (751) - 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.
Gerbeer (1691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
LarryBeast (491) - - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
CapFlu (4483) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Liquor Plus on Douglas. Poured little head, ruby body. Nose of Christmas spices. Very thin, no detection of the supposed 9% abv - deep malt, plums, spice. Fairly standard Winter Warmer.
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice packaging with custom paper wrap and interesting, wordy label. Pours a hazy reddish tinged brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma is biscuity malt, some sharp citrus hops and spice (chilies?). Taste is pleasantly balanced with a more spicy pepper in the middle. Alcohol is slightly warming but not too hot. Finish has a touch of sweetness and residual spice. Quite enjoyable.