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!
Shippy (43) - - JAN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with an orange hue. Smell starts with dark fruits, maybe some fig or dates, followed by a bit of vanilla and some smokiness. Flavors start with sweet malts, some honey, then drift in a smokier direction with nuttiness and some spice on the end. Feel is medium with a little carbonation. Overall a nice winter warmer, would be nice to have sitting next to a fire.
donandres (124) - , Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass around 50 F
Appearance: dedark amber to reddish brown, minimal lacing and head
Smell : aroma of molasses, toasted malt
Taste: balance bitterness
Feel: fizzy making it feel creamy but no follow through
Overall: very good beer for the price
Capa (2542) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a tan head. Toasted malt profile, light dark fruits, toffee, slightly woody. Thick, smooth body. Finish has light bitterness and a faint boozy heat. The alcohol is very well hidden. Solid.
NeilinSeattle (29) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the most moreish Xmas beers on the market. Can drink it till the 10% abv knocks me over.
DYCSoccer17 (3545) - 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 (362) - - 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. Itís 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. Itís refreshing and surprisingly lighter than other winter warmers.
O: This has a mulled cider quality. The spices take the edge off the sweetness, so itís balanced. This is a favorite.
fcjack1 (258) - 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 (837) - 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 (11115) - 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 (1665) - 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.