Zymurgeist2 (1752) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy copper with off white head. Bready aroma. Chewy malts leads to a bitter finish. Dry. Thinnish mouthfeel turns full and flavor remains.
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark brown, some slight tan head. Aroma is malt and bread. Flavor is malt with strong alcohol tones. Palate is surprisingly slight. I expected it to be quite a bit thicker. Overall a great altbier!
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours hazy brown like really dark iced tea, off-white head, thin and translucent. Smells like a bunch of lager yeast !? with light subdued caramel (needs to warm a bit). Flavor is the same with some slight bitter/herbal hops. Boring, lagerish, not what I’m looking for in a holiday ale. Now that it’s warming I’m getting Christmas tree, cinnamon, nutmeg. Still, it’s really not my thing, and not very ale-like, even for an alt.
11chitlover (1) - - NOV 4, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best ninkasi yet it has a nice flavor and smell and it is made in Oregon that is a big plus
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a thick, durable head that clings to the glass. Fairly low aroma, taste is lightly malty, subtle hops, with a mild lingering bitter finish. Nice for an alt, but not very interesting.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo: Poured a burnt amber hue with a patchy topping of foam head. Aroma has a moderate addition of hops while the caramel malts come through as well as a scent of alcohol. The flavor is well balanced between some oily and tangy hops and caramel malts that juices this alt up some. Easy drinking beer that hides the 7% alcohol content.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Appearance is a dark brown and crimson color with a creamy layer of tan head. The aroma is mostly dark malts, caramel, cake and raisins. The taste has more of a roasted, bready malt character to it with some molasses, prunes, brown sugar and cocoa. Also some citrus and hops bitterness rounding it out at the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with full carbonation and finishes slightly burnt and bitter. The overall flavor is kind of like a Winter Warmer with a citrus hops bite to it. Decent but not nearly as dark and heavy as a beer made to honor Slayer should be.
neepsntatties (1717) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Colour... dark brown with a thick off white head. Nose... quite roasty with malt at the forefront and caramelized sugar. Palate... moderately frothy with a sweet but bitter tinge followed by roasted malt, whole wheat dough, cereal grain, alcohol and a lingering bitter-roast finish.
bpreo (2469) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ninkasi’s dark Winter Seasonal is actually much tamer than I expected. Fairly smooth, easy to swallow. I would say, in the end I am pleasantly satisfied with it.
jgb9348 (5565) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep hazy dark brown body with a thick, dense rich light brown head - very nice looking for sure. Aroma of roasted malt, spruce, caramel, cherries, a touch of nuts and a little peat - nice and complex. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasty malt flavours showing at first with some good sweetness, a little earthiness, a touch of caramel and a good rich malt and spice kick. Aftertaste shows a decent amount of alcohol, some pungent spices, a lot of peat and earth and the by far the strongest - the roasted malt. Overall, a nice beer, showing a good amount of complexity for the style and a nice alt for the season! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 26-June-2010 sampled two days before leaving for Alaska again, at home in Washington on 16-June-2011.