pdx77 (1456) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 12 ounce bottle. One of my favorite seasonal winter ales. Dark malt notes with very little hop bitterness.
Ron (2724) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a slightly off white head. Aroma has notes of spice, yeast, molasses and dark fruits as well. Taste is a mix of dark berry, cherry, hints of molasses, nuts, caramel, toffee, spice and finishing sweet.
badpuppy69 (278) - orange, California, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear dark amberish brown with minimal head. Aroma is sweet malt. Has a nail polish lacquer note. Kinda strange. Taste follows the aroma with Some dark fruits in the sip. Medium mouth feel. Meh!
jackl (5050) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Deep brown with a tan head. Cocoa, burnt wood. Singed grass and pine cones. Taste is strongly malty. Loads of roasty, ashy flavor. Toast and apples. More pinecone. Medium body, active carbonation.
tomthompson89 (1921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is by no means a style i usually jump at, but my metalhead side made me buy it. nose is sweet malt, maybe some brown sugar. it is a nice mahogany hue with thin tan head. flavour is basically what i expected from the nose and from a "double Alt" again not my style but a good beer.
jb (2321) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark, with orange highlights. Nice fine lacing pattern. Nose is candied oranges, with malty notes, especially as it warms. The palate is quite nice. High small carbonation, soft. The taste has the oranges, and some other darker fruit, including figs, and a bit of spiciness. Finishes clean and dry , taking away the sweetness successfully. Really liked this, thanks for the tasting Andy.
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours a dark amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy tan head. Aroma of caramel malt and nuts along with a hint of chocolate and some dark fruit. Lightly sweet, slightly watery flavour of caramel malt and nuts along with a surprisingly, slightly harsh bitter finish. Some light alcohol in the finish as well. Average bodied. Not bad, an interesting take on the style.
lightbias (194) - USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep copper, the brew pours clear and is finalized with a finger-deep, off-white cap. The foam is insignificant in minutes, but leaves a lacy trace of itself on the glass as it sinks.
The aroma is light banana, a nutty toast; and the flavor in the first sip is accented again with the banana, but I experience a dark fruit along with it. If it weren’t for the malty, alcohol afterward, I could almost imagine a fruit/yogurt/granola cup. Black currants sit foremost in the flavor for me, but touched with roasted nuts.
The palate is light, clean, and crisp; clearing from my taste buds in record time, but leaving a slight sere on my tongue. This isn’t dry enough to be unpleasant, and the aftertaste sits as long as the dryness and then boom...gone. Nice trick, Ninkasi!
I’m more impressed with this presentation from Ninkasi than I have been with some of their other styles, and I am glad to have found this. I will look for this again next year to see if the recipe has improved! At this point, I could safely say that I would drink this again if offered up!
Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber shared at a tasting. Pours a clear dark red with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of banana, caramel, spice, dark fruit, toffee. The taste is toffee, raisin, spicy, herbal hops. Medium bodied.
patricks110 (1812) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and murky mud brown pour with a thin beige head. The nose is malty with a bit of caramel and toffee with a nutty and slightly fruity aroma. Sweet and malty with a grainy cereal profile. Toasted nuts with a bit of dark, dried fruit. The finish is full bodied with a bit of hop bitterness. Overall, a bit boring but very good.
Ferris (5230) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Caramel and light grains. Deep maroon with a decent a beige head. Bitter, caramel and a sweet bitter finish. Sweet and bitter and malty. Light esters, not sure what this supposed to taste like, but it’s OK.