ben4321 (4840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 3/26/13
Aroma: The nose is sweet and a bit malty, some grapefruit, bread, earth, butter, and metallic notes
Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a thick froth of lasting beige head/heavy lace
Flavor: A balanced flavor with a light early bitterness, mid-sweetness, and more bitter on the finish
Palate: The body is medium, it has a creamy feel, a soft carbonation, mild stickiness, and a dry finish
I thought this one had some good components, but it has some flaws to it as well (I caught some buttery and metallic notes that both felt like brewing flaws). It also isnít at all what I was expecting from a Winter Warmer (nutmeg, cinnamon, roast - not so much), but Iím perfectly fine with that. I guess I could have gone a bunch of directions with this score, but I settled here (deducting slightly from the overall for the flaws).
radagast83 (5820) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy deep copper color with a thick white head. Aroam was nice light pine notes, covering up a rich malt character. Flavor was a little earthy notes, touch of spice character, with notes of hop. This was really enjoyable and quite good.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Hazy red/brown with an off white top. Scent is sweet malts, bread and caramel. Taste is bread, spice, pine with a piney finish.
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ Chadís house, picked up at Wilburs Fort Collins. Pours a dark red appearance with a tan head. Caramel, light buttery, dull hoppy, uninspired aroma. Somewhat spicy hoppy, a bit buttery, toasty malty, caramel, a bit fruity flavor. The first miss from these guys.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/9/2013. 22 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with high levels of haziness. The head is a somewhat fluffy one finger light caramel color. Good texturing, retention, and lacing in general.
S: The well-hopped nature comes out immediately - there seem to be a lot of Centennial hops in this one, as the grapefruit peel and piny qualities make themselves known somewhat strongly. After a slight period of warming up, caramel, marzipan, toffee, and delicate winter spicing pop up. An enjoyable aroma that harkens back to Arrogant Bastard.
T: Itís hoppy, but pleasantly so. Definitely a pine-forward hop profile, but the hops also seem to bring forth a slight nuttiness forward, as well. It will take a couple sips, but some very subtle spicing (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe even some vanilla) enters the back end nicely. The general balance of flavors is the trump card here - it could have been overhopped, but it skirts the line between winter warmer and IPA nicely. Once it warms up, it becomes sweeter and less hoppy.
M: Itís a bit tingly and sharp, likely due to both the malt backbone and the carbonation. The flavors linger strongly on the finish and aftertaste, leaving both a lot of bittersweet syrupiness and slight hop oils. Feel wise, it does a good job of fulfilling the premise of a typical winter warmer.
O: I know I compared this to Arrogant Bastard in the aroma synopsis - but with the nuttiness, the piny hops, and the subtle spice esters, this bears a passing resemblance to Stoneís ubiquitous strong ale, albeit with a bit more balance and craftsmanship. I wouldnít necessarily seek it out, but Iím nonetheless enjoying this one very well.
Beaver (1472) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy dark reddish amber with a smallish creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is figgy bready malts with some piney hops.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts, molasses, toffee and dark fruits with a decent piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a nice winter warmer. Good balance of sweet caramel, molasses and fruits with the piney hops.
drjay44 (3002) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is heavy toffee/caramel, light plum, raisin.....taste is treacle, light pineapple, light layers of dried fruits including plum, fig, citron, leading to a moderately bitter grapefruit peel finishing hop bitterness....mouth feel lightly astringent, very slightly sticky, slight alcohol heat, carbonation low. This falls into the style of an Old Ale. It has a moderately high alcohol level, is malt forward, but still has some hop presence and should "be drunk in half pints by a warm fire". It is not as rich as the best, but is still quite nice. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Travlr (16444) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy amber brown color, small beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of lightly spiced and toasted brown bread. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpernickel bread. Earthy and bitter finish. Not bad.
Blairgus (3399) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 dec 2012, tap at their brew pub. Copper, clear, no bubbles. Nose is pine hops and maybe some bubble gum. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Spruce or resin hops, some sweet alcohol. None of the typical holiday ale christmas spices. Pretty nice.
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Ratman197 (11385) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of bread, earthiness, light grapefruit, light pine and light lemon zest. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, fruittiness, earthiness and light spice with a smooth dry moderatly bitter finish.