lukeris (5) - USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a beautiful red/amber color with fast dissipating tan head. First aroma was a strong smell of butterscotch. Followed by hop, malt, and a haunting aroma of minty pine. As it airs, the pinyness becomes more prevalent (is it the power of label suggestion?). I taste the malt first, which initially echoes the smell of butterscotch, going into a pine/hop/roasted malt flavor. A nice smooth texture. The finish is a bit smoky and peaty. Later-I found the finish excessively smoky. I felt as if I had smoked a cigar.
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub, 10 oz
Dark amber to brown color, cloudy, with small head. The aroma is not much developed; it had a solid malt and caramel flavor, and orangey resiny hops. I would prefer less yeast presence, but it’s a good beet anyway.
drowland (7714) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Dark brown pour with a small head. Bold, rich, fruity aroma with plenty of dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. Even richer flavor with sweet caramels, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. Not bad!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from riversideAK, thanks Alex. Rating #71. Dark amber with a pinch of orange thrown in there, the head was slightly off-white and held up pretty well, lacing was minimal and spotty, but what was left stuck around for a bit. Sweet and a little spicy candy like aroma, some caramel, maybe a bit of cinnamon. Flavor was similar, light sweetness and a bit of alcohol, but it was a smooth alcohol and pretty good. (1344)
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
TANNENBAUM--WINTER ALE--12 OZ. BOTTLE
1998. 7.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Cloudy deep red color. Potent brew. Rich, thick malt body with light spice flavors. Clean easy finish disguises potency. Sampled 2/19/1999.
1999--7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear dark bronze red color. Hoppy front with crusted toast hints. Dry taste with rich roasted toffee flavor and malty body. Medium heavy. No fruit sweet notes till end. Big hop balance in dry end. Sampled 12/5/1999.
2000--7.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Big loose sediment. Rich hazy dark red color. Sweet thick roasted body is rich and overwhelmingly flavorful. Roasted spiciness throughout. Finishes thick hot and spicy. A very big beer. Somewhat unbalanced. Sampled 11/3/2000.
2001--7.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich deep bronze red color. Roasted spicy sweet hop front. Light head. Rich roasted spicy malty body with light sweetness. Tangy clean and smooth. Roasted nutmeg clean hop end. Hot hints. Rich. Tasty. Sampled 11/8/2001.
2002-A--7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Dark ugly bronze color. Mild lacy head. Rich spicy spruce front. Smooth sweet roasted spice malt body. Clean thick and not too sweet. Sediment accents toasted banana ester cocoa notes. Clean rich spruce hop end. Sampled 11/14/2002.
2002-B--7.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Hazy bronze brown color. Light head and lace. Rich spicy sediment infused ester hop front and sweet smooth toasted rich malt spruce yeasty body. Creamy texture. Rich chalky mild winter spice end. Smooth. Sampled 11/26/2002.
2003--8.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Thick pour. Light lacy head. Hazy dark burgundy black color. Rich roasted mild spice floral hop front. Sweet thick smooth rich roasted caramel cherry toffee spicy malt body. Clean balanced hop spice end. Sampled 11/17/2003.
2004-A--8.50% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Light lacy head. Clear dark bronze ruby red color. Spicy toasted floral malt fruit hop front. Rich creamy sweet nutmeg spruce smoky roasted crusty caramel fruit biscuit body. Clean dry rich roasted hop end. Sampled 11/12/2004.
2004-B--8.50% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy light head. Clear dark amber bronze red color. Rich roasted spicy hop front. Sweet smooth crusty creamy mild nutmeg fruit ester roasted caramel biscuit body. Wheat hints? Hot spicy mild hop end. Rich. Sampled 11/19/2004.
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Eric for the 2003 bottle! Poured deep, hazy mahogany with a short cap of beige head (mostly a loose-bubbled ring). The aroma picked up sweet, toasty molasses, honey, and cane sugar with oxidation providing complexity rather than hurting the experience.. sticky-sweet and malty, with any semblance of hops long gone. The flavor found molasses, honey, and rum character at the core, laced with dry black peppery alcohol and some oxidation.. sticky on the finish with a warm, boozed up brownie impression.. tasty stuff! Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. nicely warming and spicy.. this held up very well with age, and to me was a better version of Anchor OSA.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Do I detect butter? The ’rum-like’ flavors and winter release lead me into more of a festive butter rum note, along with some pine and marshmallow. Dark caramel in the glass, light tan head. Stale malt, dusty middle, warming copper finish. Initially rated lower, but it grew on me to become a 3. 010311 This bottle has a year on it and there’s a little infected nose. Remains drinkable with ample pine.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a reddish brown with a small beige head. aroma of caramel and dark fruits. flavor was caramel, dark fruits, and sweet. light body and no carbonation.
travita (4715) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is weak to start, malts, sweet, syurp, caramel, hops, and fruits. The look is brown to amber in color with a small head. The taste is sweet, hops, pine, alcohol, decent.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz. bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a deep amber body with no head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and old books. Flavor of caramel malt, toffee, cherry, rum, and raisins.
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy amber brown color. Nose of meaty dark fruits. Taste is caramel and toffee. Pretty good.