GardenGabe (136) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours crystal clear camel with a dense creamy head which lingers. Big lacing. Slight aroma of hops. Nice hoppy flavor, surprisingly little malt. Not terrible complex or fruity. Thin mouth feel but a nice mild finish.
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtsey of russpowell.
Pours orange amber with light tan head.
Aroma is malty and grainy.
Taste, malty and floral hops. Light notes of caramel and light spices with the lingering hops. Dry finish.
Very decent seasonal, easy to drink.
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours clear copper with solid gold edges and thin off white head. Looks tasty. The aroma is a hodge podge of maltiness coming from crystal malts, mild lightly roasted malts and sweet malts followed by fruity notes. The taste is fruity ester dominated with raisins, prunes and apricots. Beyond midway a bit of roasted malts and crystal malts help bring the taste to closure.
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 (5062) - 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 (2654) - 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 (870) - 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 (527) - 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.