hopwine (357) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bready, caramelized sugar, fruit cake nose. Flavor is same plus mild cocoa, roast, light citrusy bitterness.
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"highly roasted malts and very slight spices on the nose. colored like a black lager. nice body and dry finish. was actually my least favorite of the 3 Ninkasis, but that’s only cuz the others were quite good."
Wittales (637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance was clear ruby brown with creamy tannish diminishing 1/2 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are toffee, licorice, brown sugar, anise and leathery hops. Taste are sweet Carmel, toffee upfront and middle, then earthy, roasty and ashy backend. Palate was soft smooth CO2 with medium body, then lasting roasty smoky clean lager finish. An unique Alt, but touch to much ash bitterness.
Rob101 (14) - - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a winter ale this is not a bad one. I have had much worse and I think that they did a good job on this one.
mikedR (1274) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Superb. A bit smoky in the base malt. Nice alt flavor -- doubly nice. I’m relatively new to this style. However, unlike those I’ve had previously, this one has a touch more hops perhaps, or something else that gives it a slight tang at the end, finishing dryly. Really well done -- everything fits perfectly.
Cory (334) - , California, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma is seaweed, earthy, wet grass, and smoke. The bitterness really seems to take away from this beer as it feels a little like your drinking charcoal. There are less sweet notes and more dry ashy ones. I think the earthy Altbier is good but doesn’t really stand out as something I want a whole pint of.
dslam (53) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 6 oz bottle. Dark brown with good amount of head. Visible carbonation bubbles dancing their way up. Nice and smooth taste with lasting bitterness. The bubbles form a nice frothy layer which slowly releases the flavor on contact. Overall an easy drinking beer with a good delivery mechanism, but lacks the flavor punch, or the subtlety is lost on me.
pictoman (551) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle. Clear, amber brown with full beige head. Aroma of toffee and caramel, some light nuts. Taste same with mild hops and a wintery balanced flavour. Medium body.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Muddy dark brown. No head. Aroma is a little bubblegummy. Sweet and bubblegummy, the malts are maybe a bit of caramel. Touch if chocolate but the overt sweetness of this brew and the phenols are entirely in the wrong direction.
suprchunk (2266) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark toffee color with ruby highlights. Small off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Nice aroma of malt, dark fruit, nuts. Taste is malty with a nutty presence. Slightly bitter finish with a bit of malt and pepper.