iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 On draught @ TAPS. Cloudy copper brown with a small off-white head, fair retention. Also served in the proper Adoration glass, and too cold. Spicy aroma of nutmeg, anise, and molasses, as well as dark candi sugar. Alcohol and drying Belgian yeast dry out the flavor, but it’s still kinda sweet. Bitterness peaked @ a 2-3 with some chocolate in the boozy finish. Big full body with light to moderate carbonation. Definitely a bastardized Belgian winter warmer.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy orange-brown with a thin head. Fruit malty aroma of orange, belgian yeast, cloves and pine. Flavor is sweet orange almost like candy, malt, raisins, very sweet and spicy. Bitter and dry finish with a little zing from the alcohol. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. A year or two in the bottle and this will be amazing.
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: It poured a slightly murky brown body with a short and short-lived beige head that devolved quickly into a slender ring with a bit of film. No lace at all. The aroma had some sweet dark malt at the bottom, but was over-spiced to a medicinal state, smelling like Smith Brothers black cough drops and pine needles. The smooth mouthfeel tempered the strong spices into a blending of licorice, candied dark fruit, and bitter spices. Interesting, but not something that I’d drink again soon.
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of spruce, dark sweet fruits, lots of spices (clove, anise, pepper, licorice). Flavor of sweet fruits (plum, raisins) with lots of spices and chestnuts. Dry, sweet finish. Good winter ale!
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma starts out very up front with a great deal of spice, but with a bit of patience lends itself also to plum, toffee, caramel, and nuts, I’m going to go with almond. In the mouth a gritty nut presence is the boldest to mesh with the still forward spice character, though rich caramel notes also show up. Though not really my type of beer in terms of the spicing, this one works well for me.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Taps Petaluma. Pours a dark, milky brown color; creamy light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; bubbles soon left only on the perimeter. Sweet raisins, overripe dried dark fruits, creme brulee, and Belgian sugars in the nose; some alcohol; generous. Full, chewy, viscous mouthfeel: lots of overt Belgian sweetness (brown sugar, esters, dried fruits) coupled to a slightly sharp carbonation and white pepper notes; very full, very generous profile; not undeveloped sugar, just a hugely developed and overly sweet core right now; pushy; sharp on the tongue. Lengthy sweet finish of brown sugar, Belgian sugars, and graham cracker. I could see this developing beautifully with a couple years behind it.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a hazy dark maroon with a small yellow-beige head, and some lacing.
smell is of caramel, roasted nuts, alcohol, spice, and dark fruits.
taste is smooth, spice, prunes, raisins, red grapes, pepper, some caramel, and a touch of cocoa, ends dry and a little bitter.
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have no adoration for this beer and I knew I wouldn’t as soon as I smelled it: that grainy, overwrought coriander spicy characteristic that ruins Salvation for me. The entire flavor rounds this out a little bit, but cannot cover up the premise of an American brewer in over their head with imitation. Shoots for quad and hits Spice/Herb/Vegetable.
HonkeyBra (3287) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with thick, light tan head. Aroma of cardamom, orange peel, toffee, caramel, maybe some fresh baked brownies. Flavor is spicy and doughy, almost like a Christmas cake. Almost like a really good fruit cake. This beer is like Christmas dinner at grandma’s, and she thinks you’re losing weight.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml caged&corked bottle. Pours garnet/brown with orange and ruby highlights and a medium-sized light tan head that leaves a few small spots and streaks of lace on the glass. Aroma is great - complex spice/fruit from fermentation character with subtle fruity acidity, tangy malt+honey, touch of alcohol, and toffee and brown sugar notes. The flavor follows the aroma: sweet up front with toffee and cakey malts, lots of molasses and subtle sweet spices. Finish has nice balancing bitterness and suitable dryness with light acidic tang growing, complementing the fruity esters and blend of sweet and dark malt flavors. Finish also features hints of spices mentioned on the label (particularly grains of paradise and sweet orange peel). Mouthfeel is pleasant - creamy, full, and well-bubbled. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Delicious.