BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2009
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I am not a fan. This beer started out promising enough with a deep, rich, brilliant amber color and a tall white head. However, both aroma and flavor were a sickeningly sweet cereal graininess. This is about my least favorite flavor note present in beer, so I was not a fan of this one. Way too over-the-top sweetness and a sticky sweet mouthfeel ensured this beer would not be one of my favorites.
Ughsmash (7362) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Nathan for the bomber! Poured relatively clear reddish-orange with a short, swirly cap of beige head. The aroma was sweet with honey and lots of vanilla leading.. tough to get past the sweetness, but it sure masked the alcohol.. as it warmed, a little cane sugary rum popped up on the back. The flavor was centered around vanilla with sweet, milky dulce de leche and caramel at the core.. again some warm rum surrounded.. lightly-toasted, buttery sweetness and vanilla on the finish. Heavier-bodied and very sweet on the palate.. the sweetness again masked the boozage, but made it hard to drink a whole lot (I did it anyway, but I may have the diabetes now).. smooth, creamy flow to it. This was some good stuff.
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is a deep golden color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Caramel malt aroma with notes of vanilla and spice. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt, caramel, spiced hops and a bit of alcohol. The finish is clean and sweet with a malty aftertaste. Overall the beer is an interesting concoction and an example of "Imperializing" a style not commonly given that treatment, and not messing it up.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber at PPRBSG. Pours a light copper with a thin head diminshes to nothing. Aroma is metallic dusty cat dander and wed dog hair- cracker malts, and stale with some acetaldehyde. Flavor is more apple light stale malts, acetone solvent and a bit of alcohol and grass in the end- a bit harsh and astringent. Meh.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smooth cream ale with a good combination of malt and vanilla in the flavor. The flavors aren’t very strong if you are expecting your typical hard-hitting American Strong Ale, but it’s definitely a great cream ale. I had no idea it was 11%. I’ll try some more Mad Brewer when I get the chance.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at the brewpub in a pub glass. The beer pours a deep amber color, with a nice white head. The nose brings strong notes of caramel. The palate really impresses, giving notes of malt sweetness, caramel, a bit of lactose, and a nice, if sweet finish. The brewer conceded that the beer is boiled for five hours, giving it its character. Overall, this was a great example. I wish all cream ales were like this.
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
July 17-19, 2008: Brew Keeper White Storm Imperial Cream Ale is a pretty massive beer weighing in at 11% ABV. It has a hazy, deel gold color with a thin, off-white veil on top that creates some light lacing marks on the glass. The aroma presents a sweet palt maltiness and some butterscotch schnapps when it gets warmer. The flavor is strong, yet contained. This beer is quite sweet and loaded with pale malt flavor. I also get some crème brûlée and custard-like complexities along with a tinge of amaretto and cherry. This beer somewhat reminds me of a Helles Bock, but has less hops (actually, it has very little bitterness at all). This beer has a fairly lightweight medium body that is smooth and creamy. There is just a tinge of alcohol burn, but besides that this beer is really drinkable considering its ABV and is of a style that I don’t particularly care for.
Draught sample at the Cat’s Eye Saloon in Athens, Ohio during Ohio Brew Week 2008. Rating #46 for this beer.
decaturstevo (5432) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold pour with a hint of brown. Nose of sweet malt and light pepper. A creamy sweet malt flavor and a very nice hint of warmth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very unusual beer. Is it to style I don’t know but I do kinda like it.
jcwattsrugger (11553) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Pilsner Petes East Coast Gathering-22oz bottle–pours a white head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt, some spice hops. Taste is medium malt, some spice hops. Interesting. Some off note, but good effort.
LilBeerDoctor (3527) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a murky brown. Aroma of sweet, sticky malt. Flavor of sweet light malts, very sweet, no wonder this is 11%. Still, it’s a little bland.