NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer reminds me of the Pyramid Snow cap because of all the strange flavors that come up intermitently. There is a very sweet, yet sour contrast, and a candy-spice flavor that is VERY strong! As I understand it, the brew for 2001 was closer to 9.5% alcohol, and so it almost borders on a barley wine! The color is not particularly representative of how truly special the taste is. Many of the Maritime Brewing company beers seem to leave me with a feeling that I had a very unique beer, but not something I would nessasarily try again. This one I WILL look for next year, though!
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
14 ounce on tap at Sharps Roasthouse near Seatac. The aroma is a little metallic with light caramel and toffee hints. Mildly hazy amber body with a strong yellowish head present. Starts with just a sweet barrage of malts. I get a lot of caramel malts primarily with a little nuttiness behind. Fairly sweet throughout. Easy drinking, and alcohol is well hidden.
WABeerFiend (304) - - JAN 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer can glass on 12.02.14.
A: Dark fruit, raisin, and cherry. It’s sweet smelling.
A: Some fizz for a head. Opaque purple/dark red body.
T: Raisin and fig newton dominate. Cherry, allspice, a tiny bitter sting on the back end, and a slight woodiness are subtle.
P: Crisp with a bubbly finish. It’s refreshing and surprisingly lighter than other winter warmers.
O: This has a mulled cider quality. The spices take the edge off the sweetness, so it’s balanced. This is a favorite.
fcjack1 (223) - Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from world beers. Ours a dark reddish brown. Almost no head. Scent is, caramel, alcohol. Taste is malty, molasses. Pretty good.
Holy (835) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed at Ivar's in Seattle. Nice, spiced flavors, little bitter aftertaste. Would buy a case to enjoy at home.
mcberko (8699) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Porterhouse, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out christmas spices and light bready malt. Flavour brings out light Christmas spices, caramel, and bready malt. Well-balanced and cohesive. A nice Christmas ale.
kevinsenn (1374) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of toffsbury. Aroma of fruit, mainly raisins and currants. Bitter spicy English ale. Dried fruit and caramel notes too. Nice strong Christmastime ale.
maxwelldeux (4128) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose is extremely malt heavy, with a lot of caramel, bread and yeast coming through. Taste is sweet with just a hint of harsh booziness to it. OK.
two7offsuit (332) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours Amber to copper with an off white head. Strange mix of spice and hops. Not great.
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think I remember this beer being a thing. Like it was special and sought after or at least awaited by the beer geek crowd. This beer and the brewery have seem to be forgotten at this point. I picked up the beer for $1.75 for a 12oz bottle, seems like a fair price. Poured into a Blvd tulip glass. Color is dark ruby with a small head. The beer is clear but the dark color makes it look thick. Bottom of the bottle is crystal clear. To call this an English Strong Ale is a stretch, this would just be an American Strong as far as I am concerned. Its got a good deal of sweetness with lots of English tea and wet caramel biscuit. The biscuit becomes a bit burnty in the flavor as well. Lots of hops around but thankfully the bitterness is low (I loath caramel and high bitterness). This would have been very fun a decade ago. Now, its a fun memory.
slowrunner77 (6707) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"here’s a pretty nice, dark, malty and well balanced winter ale. very light on the spices, nutty and slightly malt heavy - nice on a cold night. mahogony in color. 1st beer from this brewer is pretty nice."