rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is one of the better all malt winter warmers that I have enjoyed. Malty, roasty, toasty, and drinkable...
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by Date February 12th, 2010; Sampled February 7th, 2010
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces almost four-fingers of lightly amber tinged, tan colored froth. The beer is a red-amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fruity hops and toasty grain up front. There is a touch of bergamont, some light pine notes, some sweet-tea like crystal malt, big biscuit like malt character and a somewhat subtle, but somehow also distinct note of ripe berries.
A fullish body sticks to the palate with a caramelized grain sweetness that lingers long into the finish. Crystal malt and hops mix to form a berry like fruitiness that is lightly accented by citrus. The finish sees a biscuit driven maltiness play a big role, but the sweetness still is noticeable too. This definitely has a rich maltiness to it, perhaps a bit too crystal malt focused, but it certainly works as a winter seasonal. This is still quite quaffable, though it is certainly rich enough to be a hearty beer to drink a couple pints of in front of the fire.
Not bad, actually even enjoyable, this fits as a winter beer that definitely taken inspiration from imported, hoppy, English Winter ales.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber-brown with a soft, fuzzy off-white head. Lacing is decent after the head collapses. The aroma is almost non-existent, just a few wafts of bready malt. Flavor is quite good even without the nose joining in, with a heavy presence of bread and biscuit malt, very few fruit esters and little hop presence. Not sure this is a winter warmer with 6% ABV and no spices, but it is a nice malty brew.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. It’s sweet and malty with light toffee notes and a hint of grain. Medium bodied and smooth.
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a glowing orange color with a very large, off white head. Some what of a wheat beer smell. Slightly bitter malt taste with extremely subtle hints of chocolate. Medium body, somewhat flat carbonation, and a long finish. Very simple, drinkable beer.
daknole (10829) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown/amber pour. Big offwhite head. Aroma is toffee and light hops. Flavor has some caramel, hops and cardboard. Finishes weak. Not so memorable.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice reddish color with a soft carbonated head. Pine, earthy sharp fruit notes in the aroma. Plethora of flavors, dark fruits, malty, spices almost like eating a fruit cake but better. Soft and dry but somewhat creamy. Finishes tangy and dry with a liitle hop bite. give me more.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish brown, with white head that goes quickly. Medium Sweet with a light bitter finish. A nice easy to drink beer, but not at the level of other Odell offerings.
snmalouff (9) - Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great winter beer. Malty aroma. Brown Color. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Full body
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy deep amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is a dusty peat malt. Flavor is lightly sweetened malt and light herbal hops. Medium body. A decent beer.