robertjm (736) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice thick head about a 1/4" thick. Dark red body when held up to light. Very carbonated. Malty aroma. Flavor clearly on the malt side of the spectrum. Flavors of chocolate and caramel. Perhaps a little doughy as well. Glad I chose this one as my first winter seasonal!!
22415brewery (370) - redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a medium deep brown with lots of rocky head that dissipates fairly quickly. Fairly sweet up front. Definite malty and intense bready type notes....light chocolate flavors are more dominated by light caramel sweetness, almost a peat like character takes over the aftertaste. The aroma is reminiscent of a strong scotch ale and a sticke alt crossed over. Hops are pretty much nonexistant which is good for the style. A lingering bitterness carries over in the aftertaste.
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from BevMo. Dark amber/brown in color. Aroma is sweet and malty. Rich dark malty flavors. Dark fruit with a little bit of sugar, followed by a strong hoppy bitternes. Full flavored and tasty.
RedSox2004 (1136) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy mahogany color with a one-finger head that dissipated to a thin weak film and left pretty nice lacing. Caramel, nuts, cocoa and a gentle spiciness on the nose. Malt sweetness hits first in the flavor profile, followed quickly by leafy hops. Spices are there throughout. Medium body, slightly watery mouthfeel, modest carbonation, and a finish of malt sweetness. Extra points for the name and a great label.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy murky amber brown with a beige head. Aroma of malt and fruit wiht some hop. Taste is rich with malt, somewhat bitter from hops and burnt malt but mostly sweet and nutty. Very solid for $3.99.
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby pour with a light opacity. Medium auburn head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma has the standard nuttyness of the style. Hints of nutmeg, pie, pine, and caramel. The malty goodness really comes out on the tatste. Slight pine, resin, caramel, toast, a hint of dark fruits. VERY easy drinker. The beer finishes rich, but crisp with a lovely bitterness.
This was the bottled version, and I wasn’t nearly impressed with it on tap. Ninkasi has had some inconsistency issues in the past so maybe they’re not resolved.
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from New Seasons - Dark pour with a foamy white head. A hint of chocolate flavor with a bit of sweetness to it. I had this one after dinner and it made for a nice dessert. Very good winter beer. Makes me warm.
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Much darker than expected appearance. Caramel malts all the way with this one. Very well balanced though with just enough hop bitterness. Warming and dark. Very good winter-time beer.
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bold malt aroma with caramel, dark fruit, hints of cocoa and roast and a touch of resiny hops. Dark ruby brown and clear with a long standing tan head. Again, big malt with the caramel sweetness, slight dark chocolate and roast-like astringency along with a hint of sour dark fruit, balanced with a medium resin hop bitterness. Initial malt sweetness that is quickly followed with an impressive bitter middle and then a fairly dry, slightly astringent and long balanced finish. Medium body, lively carbonation, sticky texture. Another reminder of why my favorite time of the beer...I mean year...has just gotten underway!
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 I really like this brewery. This beer pours brown with a nice tan head that left a minimal amount of lacing in my glass. Nice malty notes with lively carbonation and a dry hops finish. I’d have this beer again. Wish it came in a sixer.
UPDATE: Since my review last October...it now comes in a sixer.