Prufrockstar (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is deep ruby/brown, off white head. Aroma is caramel, spruce, dough, citrus, roasty. Taste: sweet smokey chocolate up front, noticeable but muted bitterness at end. Palate: creamy, medium/full body, soft carbonation, pleasant lasting bitter finish. Some alcohol. Overall: Nice. A little richer and more filling than I had expected. All these NW winter beers make this season that much better.
LarryBeast (408) - - DEC 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Big, dark and punchy. Toast, caramel, roasted nuts. A little heavy on the leathery yeast, but still tasty enough, warming and with good hop bitterness.
Barreras (754) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cola brown with a clean roast aroma. Taste is a malty flavor with some IBU in the aftertaste. The simple bitterness lingers on the palate. A good seasonal that tastes and feels appropriate for the winter months.
Aquilo (512) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of dried fruit, molasses, and brandy. Flavor is a robust juxtaposition of umami and snappy hop bitterness. Very smooth finish. All around, this is just a great holiday ale.
ajmkendrick (7) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This Alt style dark ale is a deep dark brown in color, almost the color of Cola and it has a thick tan head. It is a medium bodied beer with a rich toasted barley and light chocolate taste which is thrown off by an odd, almost citrusy finish. In conjuction with the odd finish it is a little higher on the IBU scale than I care for.
By itself I wouldn’t pick this one as my drink of choice, but oddly enough when I began to drink it with food, I just happened to be eating Kerry Gold Dubliner Cheese and a Gala Apple, it was much more tolerable. I assume because the sweetness and strong tastes helped to mask the hoppy bitterness of the beer allowing me to enjoy other aspects of the beer a little.
k0mpsa (765) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from safeway, san francisco. Dark brown color, hint of red. Aroma is roasty malts, some spices, vanilla. Medium body, roasty, spices. Quite nice but lacking body. Some hops at the end.
mavericks0619 (6) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap just blew on the Alaska smoked porter so I tried this one. Very smooth full bodied beer. Chocolate, coffee, and nutty notes. Smooth finish with a taste that lingers in a good way. Touchdown Saints!
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dark brown Alt, a style you don’t normally get is very smooth. The 7.2 is well hidden. I catch a little bit of weisse action plus some mild chocolate notes. Great name and a great label and a holiday beer that I look forward to trying every year.
maxwelldeux (2720) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear darker brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is quite malty, with some nice caramel and cereal notes coming to it. Taste is actually a little bitter and almost burnt. Decent drink, especially for the season, but not great.
Getbetter (669) - Cucamonga, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle.The pour is a dark brown with a white frothy head.There’s a great amount of roasted and caramel malt flavor notes.Light body, bitter and sweet,slick texture.
krumbum (289) - truckee, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An alcoholic precursor blast from the first pour, as the scent clears a light doughy darkness remains. Looks like a fine cola light but lasting head, dark but reacts to room light. Roasted bitterness in a variety of quick flashes pass with the sip. Leaves a that bitter behind