Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. This brew pours a dark reddish-amber color with a thin and dense beige head that diminishes slowly. Sheet of lacing on the glass. Strong caramel malt aroma with fruit in the background. Full body with a soft mouthfeel and flavors of sweet malt, caramel, fruit and mild hops. The finish is malty with a peaty/woody character and a sweet aftertaste. Decent overall.
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask @ Horse Brass... Poured really dark, ruby-red and complete opaque with a frothy, beige head. Honestly couldn’t cach much of the aroma being how smoking the Horse Brass Pub is. Palate was incredibly smooth and a created a great coating in the mouth. Smoked, roasted malt flavors with cocoa beans and maybe plums or other fruits. Robust and malt towards the finish.
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the ski resort where the Shining was filmed. Pours a muddy reddish brown with a nice beige head. Aroma is strong with lots of nutty malts, peat, toffee sweetness, and roast. Flavor is initially very peaty and smokey which is followed by a dose of hefty malt sweetness which included chocolate, roast, and toffee. A touch of dark fruits too. Thick and heavy. Warming and nice to drink during a break in boarding.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green Dragon Pub NYE 07 with Bikesandbeer and his gf Jessi. Draft. @ Green Dragon Pub in Portland Oregon. Pours completely opage amber brown with a tan ring. Nose is pretty sweet and nice. Taste is sweet malty with a lingering sweetness with some smokey notes as well.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a soft off-white head. Malty and smokey nose. Very nice flavor, dark fruity, earthy, and smoked flavors meld into a hearty beer. Hops balance all the sweetness up front. One of the better beers from Mt. Hood i’ve had.
GlennFB (1) - USA - DEC 23, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the BEST Winter beer period! It could be the best beer anytime if it wasn’t only available seasonally in the Winter. I have been an advocate for this beer since I first tasted it about 8 years ago. I have had a personal keg of it for the last 4 years and look forward to its release every October. Everyone, young, old, wine drinkers, beer drinkers, whomever has tasted this has either liked it or raved about it as well. I’m certain it could be a very hot seller if it was more widely distributed and advertised. I’ll never miss a Winter without it if I can help it! It is a full, rich, wonderfully complex flavor and also terrific appearance.
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full bodied, on the palate, and long-lasting. Dark amber color slightly hazy. The head was less than what I have seen in the past. Very tart which is a bit unusual for the style. I will try another when I go back.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft: Mt. Hood Brewing Co. in Government Camp, OR) Hmm, once again, the aroma is sweet and fruity, like many of their beers I’ve tried so far, but also very peaty. Fortunately, the sweet, fruity flavor is equalled by that same smoky, peaty maltiness, and a woody character that is reminiscent of wine barrels. While quite sweet, there’s a pleasant tartness to balance out the sweetness some. Full bodied, round on the palate, and long-lasting. Dark amber color is slightly hazy. Light tan head fades to a thick ring, leaving droopy, patchy lacing on the glass. The tartness is a bit unusual for the style, but overall works well and the beer is quite enjoyable.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Deeper brown colored adn clear. Decent off white head. Good lacing. Sweet, malty aroma with some peaty smoke detectible. Medium bodied, somewhat coating. Malt again dominates flavor, sweetish with a touch of smoke flavor. Fair to good.
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear copper body with a tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, cherry. Light-medium body, some stickiness.