Dogbrick (6021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. This brew is a clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and fruit. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, ripe fruit and a bit of vanilla. The finish is sweet with a bready malt aftertaste. Decent all around.
Alphadelic (1629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazy, deep copper. The nose is a little fuddy, some pennies, graininess and a little heat. The booze is hidden quite well. It is very sweet with plenty of caramel and chalky apple fruitiness. Maybe some redcurrant too. Some heat, mild bitterness. Itís a little sticky but very smooth otherwise.
jgb9348 (3963) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, muddy brown coloured body with a very thin tan oily head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, pit fruits, cherries, raisins, caramel and a hint of nuts. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt at first with a very good sweetness from raisins, pit fruits, plums, cherries, all with noticeable malt and nuts behind. Aftertaste showing a touch of spices with a little alcohol warmth, but definite sweetness to go around. Overall, a nice and relatively complex beer, full of good flavours - a step down from a Barley Wine, and this is a good thing. Definitely worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Pear Delicatessen in Seattle, Washington on 11-February-2013 for US$1.70 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on 26-February-2013.
Sledutah (3193) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine
Appearance: Pours cloudy brown with a big frothy beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, nutty, spices and some hot alcohols
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, nutty, spices and bitter citrus in the finish
A nice winter beer, easy drinking.
adamjackson (1229) - Canaan, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nutty dark brown. Shades of amber. No head. Roasted and smoked malts come chocolate. Sweet brown sugar. Spices.
Prufrockstar (200) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, 2010 vintage. Pours dark amber, small off white head. Aroma is crystallized caramel. Toffee, honey, a hint of citrus. Taste: muted sweetness, crisp and hop bitterness (but not overpowering). Caramel and alcohol.
Palate: lively carbonation, full-bodied. Overall: this comes together nicely, though I think I prefer my Christmas sipping beer to have more sweetness and a less assertive hop bitterness.
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umich03jm (907) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a dark amber color with a small head that quickly fades. Aromas are caramel, molasses, toffee, honey, and slight fruitiness, citrus fruit I think. Taste is pretty good. Moderate sweetness, slightly burnt sugar, caramel, and honey. Would like some more bitterness or fresh hops to balance but I understand here since itís supposed to be an english ale. Thick body, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. A solid Christmas ale.
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle chilled. Pours a deep bronze color with one finger of frothy white head that slowly subsides to edge of glass. Fairly clear. Pronounced smells of alcohol with a subtle fruitiness. Orange perhaps. Heavy flavor of malty sweetness with medium bitterness. Toffee and an orange liqueor flavor with spiced hops. Has an almost wine flavor to it. Medium bodied with a nice texture and lively carbonation. Has a long lingering bitter finish. Strong alcohol warming effect.
jnanakul (13) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper pour with a beige head. Smells of fennel and bourbon. Slightly sweet with flavors of honey and again bourbon. Moderately bitter; hops have a citrus flavor and are well balanced to the sweetness. Consistently one of my favorite winter beers.
improvjock (290) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish copper with small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, bread, and spices. Flavor is dominated by caramelly sweetness. Pretty thick and heavy, like cough syrup. The high alcohol content is very noticeable. OK, but a bit strong for my tastes.