ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
bluejacket74 (1127) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, itís a new arrival at my local beer store so I assume itís pretty fresh. Itís the new red screen printed label so I think itís a 2013 bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. Thereís also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops, nuts, toffee, and some bready malt. It tastes like citrusy and spicy hops, toffee, nuts, bready malt, and some light fruit and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and syrupy, and has a good amount of carbonation. Itís certainly not a traditional winter warmer, but I think itís a good beer. It was certainly a nice surprise compared to the usual heavily spiced winter warmers out there. This is the first No-Li beer Iíve had, so Iíll have to try more of their brews now. $7.99 a bomber.
OldGrowth (2333) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from the Beer Dispensary, Apex. good aroma, sweet. Malty. little spicy hop. little nutmeg, some some pine or evergreen. Clean orangy brown color, good head, faded quick, spotty lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. ok, like some of the fresh aromatics, but has a tad oxidized thing going on. donít know if Iíll ever get to Spokane, hope so to beter judge. good beer, not anything to wow me or make me want more.
mikedR (726) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite styles. This one hits all the right notes, and is thus solid. However, the flavor is quite subdued and laid back. Definitely grows on you though. B/B+
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DocLock (7191) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from State Line. Pours turbid muddy ruddy brown colored with tan head. Nose is caramel malt, spice of the nutmeggy variety, backup hops. Tastes rich, with caramel malt, x-mas spices, hops, and a complex finish.
maxwelldeux (2696) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with some reddish tinges and a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is quite malty with a lot of spices on it and some almost toffee tones. Taste is definitely malt forward with some slight bitterness to it and the spices really coming through. Interesting beer.
rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Brown with one finger head. Mildly spiced warmer-style beer. Slightly above average for the style.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small off-white head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some pine, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel, light cherry. Medium body, some resin, light acidity. Quite hoppy, which really isnít a characteristic of a winter warmer. Tasty though.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Paradiso Georgetown. Deep orange pour. Wispy head. Nose is sticky, orange candies, bourbon. Taste is hoppy, bourbon, very bitter, nutty, red DIPA almost. Not bad. Denser, bitter palate. My friends enjoyed it.
ben4321 (3335) - 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 (3744) - 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.