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: It’s 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: It’s 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 Stone’s ubiquitous strong ale, albeit with a bit more balance and craftsmanship. I wouldn’t necessarily seek it out, but I’m nonetheless enjoying this one very well.
Tmoney99 (10468) - 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 (135) - 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 (2055) - 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 (154) - 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 Brewmaster’s 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 (98) - 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 (656) - 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.
mcberko (6041) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at BevX360, pours a deep dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour are more on the hoppy side, with piney hops, resin and bready caramel malt. Good balance, but nothing special.
umich03jm (1865) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber thanks to michaelinwa. Pours reddish-orange with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aroma is fruit cake, caramel malt, musty hops, and alcohol. Taste is a bit boring. Fairly malty and fruity with light hops. Alcohol in the finish. Not a big fan, too much alcohol noticeable especially for only being 7.5%.
poisoneddwarf (1692) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bought at Super 1 in Rathdrum, ID. Aroma is bready, cheese, raisins. Pours hazy amber with a two finger beige head with good retention; leaves some lace. Taste is bittersweet and savory with a lingering bitter finish. It is malty like most winter warmers, but this has a nice bitter hop bite to it (quite a bit more than most examples of the style); the hops impart citrus and pine flavors. Nice creamy mouthfeel and a full body; finely carbonated. Good.
22415brewery (371) - redmond, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A previous reviewer hit it right on the head when he said that it has elegant spicy herbal tones. Pours a deep amber/ruby with a thick puff of beige head. Nose is fruity, definite yeast character as well as malt esters really shine through. Citrus hop characteristics are really restrained. Chewy caramel malt, slightly toasty, medium sweet on the tongue and well-rounded bitter finish. May come across as too sweet for some, could be seen as cloying along with the fruitiness from the yeast. Hops come across as a bit catty/catnippy that linger on the palate.