ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
liquidhedonism (173) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, woody, and nutty, with hints of fall spices, toffee, and resin. Taste/Palate: sweet and crisp; finishes bitter and slightly astringent. Maltiness did a great job of balancing out the fall spices, but didnít quite cover the bittering hops. Amazing beer regardless.
julesjis (144) - Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22. Color is a dark, red amber. Aroma is sweet and floral. Flavor is piney with a subtle spice to it. After taste is long and bitter. It takes over.
JohnGalt1 (587) - , Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 picked up at the COOP but seen it around town at most of the usual haunts.. Pours a very deep red.. pretty clear.. light khaki head.. Smells like dark toast and malt extract stewed in water.. A bit of grassy/earthy hoppiness helps... Flavor is really weird to me, tastes like malt extract water .. Tons of toasty maltiness/melanoidin malt(?) without enough hop bitterness or (especially) hop flavor to balance.. Not a fan..
I could have been much worse on this one.. but perhaps my taster is broken tonight.. But I donít think so.
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Cloudy brown-amber body with a weak head.
Aroma: toffee; dark bread; bisquits; plums; mixed spices.
Flavor: complex and dynamic, with a sweet start and a moderate load of hops kicking in mid-taste, adding mild bitterness and nice herbal and floral notes.
O: distinct, interesting and yummy: Recommended.
Tmoney99 (11066) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured hazy dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spice hop & toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.
Paincane (168) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby amber hued body w/ tan head & good lace. Toffee, caramel aromas. Malt forward sweet flavors finish dry, lightly hoppy, spicy & bitter.
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a semi-cloudy copper with a large dirty white head, and good lacing.
smell is of caramel, some spice, malt, and barley.
taste is of barley, some hops, a touch of caramel, and a little spice. ends almost like a barley wine.
AdamT (186) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber from Brewmasterís in Wilson. Dark orange (almost brown) pour with fully lasting frothy off-white head. Excellent lacing. Mild citrus hop, hints of spice & alcohol on the nose. Strong bitter grapefruit and tangerine with a light citrus & malt finish. There was a hint of lemon in here on the taste as well. This was okay.
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a reddish copper color, with a big light tan head that persists and leaves good lacing. Nose is mostly hops and spices. Taste is malt forward, with a thin mouthfeel and spicy hop finish. Not bad, but not outstanding.
ACHops (754) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber from Full Throttle Bottles. Pours bright clear reddish orange amber with medium thick cream colored head that laces well. Aroma is sweet oaky caramel malt with floral hops at the back. Taste is thickly coating sweet caramel malt with sharply bitter earthy hops. Bitterness fades quickly and finishes clean. More malt and hops than your standard winter warmer, though somehow lacking in balance. Still a quality beer, No-Li continues to impress.