Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can
A name like this attached to an operation as reliable as Madtree meant this release followed me home without any regrets. Thankfully the contents were just as advertised. A slightly different twist on the average winter warmer leaves its own mark on the Midwestern brewing scene.
Aroma / Appearance - A ruby core glows with an inner red warmth. Creamy beige head protects the body from the air. Chestnuts, baker’s chocolate, and coffee tickle the nose with the smell of a strong high gravity winter warmer.
Flavor / Palate - A glassful of melted Tootsie Rolls refreshes the palate before creeping into the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Wintery spices sweep away any initial impressions. A full bodied nutty finish mixes flat cola and bitter spices. If this were my local I’d consider stocking a few in the fridge during the winter months.
nathan30533 (833) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one is unique. Kind of boozey. This beer is a good pour. Nice head and good lacing.
rondphoto (2606) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
can @ Party Source / Bellevue KY - Clear dark brown color with a beige head cover, wide strips of lace. Taste is caramel malt with light spices, especially cloves, that turns a little bitter on the swallow, moving to a medium finish. A thick, somewhat heavy brew; the flavor doesn’t really suggest 8.5% abv. Drinkable.
RRistow12 (374) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from draft. Pours a dark ruby brown with tan head. Lots of lacing. Spicey aroma with some caramel and molasses. Taste is quite complex. Caramel, toffee, molasses, biscuits, cinnamon, vanilla, nutty, ginger flavors. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild bitterness. Overall a very good winter warmer.
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BenDover (212) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown, with some fine tan foam. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is complex, nutty and spicy, with an up-front alcohol burn that smooths out into a sweet, carmely finish. Very nice.
bytemesis (4081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Homer tasting. Pours chestnut, small tan head, some lacing. Aroma is spices, caramel, roasty. Lite sweet, medium bitter, spices, clove. Medium body.
Panzuriel (1379) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mad Tree Thundersnow, 12oz can, in a pint glass. purchased at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield ohio. Thundersnow is a dark red brown nearly opaque brew with a decent firm head of tan small bubbles. Nose is browned molassess and spice. Taste was caramel, toast, plums and a bit of decent bitters. Body was silky with a little carbonation. alcohol very evident after a few sips. good winter warmer for sure.
Patrickctenchi (4514) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, purple-brown with a small tan head.
Chocolate, caramel, nutmeg scent.
Taste is slightly wine-like, dry, caramel malt...clove, nutmeg.
Earthy, root-like and leafy bitter....
Not bad, but a bit overdone on the spices.
drfabulous (4499) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at The Eagle. Big chocolate and creamy taste. Lightly spiced. Heavy on the vanilla. Nice.
rayg1 (583) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Let me get this out of the way, I typically don’t like "spiced" beers, so holiday seasonals for me are mostly trash, that being said this one from Mad Tree sticks out. Nice dark brown with ruby notes as it pours, a creamy tan head about a half finger thick remained for the entire drink. Very impressive beer visually. Nose is sweet and toasted malt at first but then lends to soft cinnamon and vanilla notes. Brown sugar and caramel upon first sip, then a gentle introduction of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Mad Tree got this right, don’t go nuts with the spices and make the beer a damn spice bomb. Allow the malts of the base beer to shine through. This beer get more complex as it warms, dark fruit, and slight dark chocolate notes come through at warmer temps. Nice creamy mouthfeel to it, solid stuff. This one is a bit boozy, which typically I don’t care for but this was a very well rounded beer. Good job Mad Tree.