kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Tampa Tasting Group. Pours a hazy caramel color with thin white head that settles quickly and provides only minimal lacing. Aroma is caramel, sweet grapes, floral hops, some citrus and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and citrusy with a notable hop presence, ripe dark fruit, some hints of caramel and honey. Slightly watery mouthfeel with a quick, thin finish.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a little white head that dimishes quickly. Smell is some caramel and malts. Taste is similar. A decent winter beer. However, there is better out there
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at The Stable. Very dark with red visible only when held up to a light. Nose and flavor is anise, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. A truly unique brew with a delightful flavor combination. Enough alcohol to provide some warming. Very nice!
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
20080510 From growler at Pauls 1st Hoboken gathering. Nice mild pale ale with biscuit malts and a light dusty quality. Woodsy.
scooterbub (815) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a brown-amber color with a decent, frothy beige head that lasts. Taste is of malt, hops, pine, citrus and caramel. Aroma is much the same. Well balanced with a nice aftertaste. Has a good creamy body to it and is easy to drink. Overall, this is a nice seasonal offering that is worth picking up again.
scoth (478) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper-brown, with a medium beige head, good lacing. Smells of apple, vanilla, caramel and a little bit of pine. The malt flavor is more tame than in the aroma suggests, but there is a mild, fruity sweetness at the start. At midpalate, it picks up with some bitter, pine, and alcohol notes. The aftertaste turns into a different, more mellow citrus and pine flavor, a pleasing combination of Mount Hood and Cascade hops that take on noble-hop characteristics. Medium thick, moderately dry body.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a deep amber color and head an earthy hop aroma. The taste favors the malty side, which is quite nutty. I detect some diacetyl here also.
stchloe (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The label is gorgeous. Better than many winter warmers, sticks to malt roots. But still...
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. 2007.
pours nicely with a minimal head. aroma is malt and a little yeast, also a little corn. taste is well balanced for a winter warmer, with the sweetness that lingers.this beer held up well.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via friend from Denver. Golden color. Smell of malt, spice, hops and caramel. Tastes the same but with some minor fruit and brown sugar.