RSRIZZO (1841) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer on 10/15/1998. Color is a deep hazy amber with good carbonation and a light head. Aroma is a rich sweet malt scent. Taste is lighter than it looks. Starts with a heavy body that goes down very easy. Finish is a light malt flavor backed by a nice hop flavor and a mild bitterness. Good brew, may be a bit light for Winter but I like it.
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy amber with a thin head. caramel aroma with a little floral hop, cookies, and yeast. medium viscous body. bitter caramel taste with a light citric spiciness. finishes fairly dry and bitter. nothing outstanding but well balanced and drinkable
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: total beverage, DC
cloudy dark amber, whispy head, rich malt and floral hop aroma, rich malt flavor with well balanced spicy floral hops, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper body, slight haze. Well-retained off-white head. The aroma is pretty hoppy, held in check by light and sweet cookie malts, light yeast, allspice, cinnamon, dark fruits. The flavor is unexciting, hopped well but too spiced to really enjoy the hops. Malt is sweet, actually the whole beer is very sweet. Mild acidity bites in a light-medium bodied palate. Finishes lightly bitter, sweet then drying signifigantly, caramel lingering.
EithCubes (4412) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Powdery brown sugar aroma with nutmeg and toffee. Sweet. Nutty with light fruit. Body is red with a tiny beige head. Nutty, woody, slightly smoky (!) taste with lagerish fruitiness pushed back a level. Nutmeg is a little too strong in the mix. Touch of citrus/floral. Body is medium, aftertaste reminds of a brown ale. This needed more; more body, more fullness, more oomph - flavor was nice, but as it is, forgettable.
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pour and presentation. In the nose, there’s some dough, citrus and spice (coriander or nutmeg). Some very mild pine with some citric flavors in an acidic foaming medium to light medium body, fairly bitter
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly lactic and phenolic nose. Malty and vegetative palate. Cannot get all the way thru this.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amazingly, found this on draft at Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville, CA. Deep dark color with a thin head. Spices and hops spring from the aroma. Heavy taste. Nice mix of malt and hops. However, not the best winter ale I have had.
SudsMcDuff (5323) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
had at Hops House Brewpub after the SHiner Brewery...
happy to see this is a brown ale and not a spiced, cuz this ain’t no winter warmer folks.
Dark ruby tan ..low head..not bad lacing either...somewhat muddled taste,but non offending.....good but not great...low smell..a made for the masses winter beer if anything.
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy reddish brown with minimal head but decent amount of carbonation.
Buttermilk, brown sugar, malt on the nose.
Slightly viscous mouth feel, little carbonation, fairly watery.
Malt up front, very little on back end aside from more malt, a very little hop presence once several drinks have left a little residue on the tongue.
Nothing offensive but hardly worth seeking out. NC seems to do best when they’re dealing with high ABV brews.