17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark but clear brown with a fantastic fluffy frothy off-white head. Aroma of a light roast, green piney hops, something English, good charge of those Goldings, something a bit nutty. Flavor follows, nice fresh piney and grassy hops, reminds me of the combination in hoptober, light chocolate and roast, really nicely done, hint nutty, and darker caramel, like some of their other hoppy beers it gets a bit of that green vegetable thing, love the wheat.
twindog (265) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor of hops followed by a nice coffee or chocolate sweetness. Balanced and tasty. Another good beer from New Belgium.
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Global Brew. This is dark brown with red and it is clear. An off white head leaves nice lacing. An aroma that is very malty. Some light fruit. The flavor is also malty and a bit musty and earthy. Light fruit from hops that is also lightly bitter. This is pretty decent.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured black with a creamy head that lasts. American hops in the nose. Moderate hop flavor, citrus hints, light malt & roast. Medium body, light hop bitterness, slight dryness from roasted malt. This beer started strong but finished as just ok. I’d like more malt flavor & hop flavor - this is what held it back.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish black with offwhite head. The aroma is pine and citrus hops with a little bit of an herbal note, a hint of saltwater taffy, and very slight roast and toast notes. The flavor is piney and woody hops with some chalk and nuttiness. Strong peanut shell taste in the finish, but a little bit of fruity bitterness in the aftertaste. Meh.
fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a 3 finger, creamy beige head that has great retention. Aroma is chocolate, dark caramel, brown sugar, earth and citrus and spicy hops. Flavor is chocolate, grainy malt, sweet dark caramel, some interesting grainy roast notes, citrus, planty and spicy hops. Palate is light to medium bodied, with a nice full, creamy entry, off dry finish and a medium carbonation level. Pretty tasty, very tame. I find the malt notes to be much more interesting and better represented than the hops here.
George3200 (6) - - NOV 6, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong hop citrus aroma. Biege Head with a dark brown appearance. Chocolate malt, strong citrus hop flavor. A surprising Winter Ale overall with the a good balance between the citrus hops and the chocolate dark malt. I am happy.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small creamy light beige head. Aroma is wow, very intense fresh hoppiness. Like I opened some hops, prebrew and whiffed in the bag, plenty of centennial and cascade. In the back, some chocolate and light roast. Flavor is rich cocoa, heavy on the chocolate with a lot of piney residue hoppiness, a touch citric. Finishes smooth and malty with a slight lingering herbal hoppiness. Medium fairly creamy body and a soft carbonation. I actually kinda dig this, not overly aggressive bitterness
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. Smells like a Christmas tree lot with a hint of big, sweaty guy who’s been working at a Christmas tree lot all day. Some spicy smokiness in the flavor. Maybe the Christmas tree lot is on fire?
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown, near black, pour which big thick tan head. Reminds me of the bubbles atop chocolate milk. Aroma is dusty chocolate, some toffee, some amber malt, mild piney hops. Flavor is bitter, lots of pine and citrus, with the chocolate malt. This feels like almost a hoppy hot chocolate. Comforting, but as a beer, not mind blowing. I drink your milkshake. I drink it up. But, what I’m drinking is not this beer.