MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
A gripping leafy hop presence surrounds the Ringwood-like yeasty butterscotch touch of this well-malted, quaffable English-style Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the dark copper.
-Carbonation is quiet, increasing this beer’s drinkability.
-Base malts offer a good cereal crunch which supports the caramel leanings.
-There is some light fruitiness throughout, although it does not affirm itself fully.
-The finishing hop bitterness is lengthy and very enjoyable.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Caramel color, thick tan head, nice lacing. Nose of chewy earthy malts, some fig and russet notes. Fruit and hop are vague. The flavor is dry and musky, some bitterness speaks through all that muddled malt nonsense. The finish is a little nutty, some earthy hops and a touch of diacetyl. Bready mouthfeel and a zesty light roast and yeast tail.
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9oz bottle. Thick super deep brown-red toffee stained-glass color. Fills the palate, very complete thick and malty beer. Semi-dry finish, super enjoyable. Mild spicing perhaps, more subtle than an Anchor Christmas but in the same genre of beers. Another quality beer from Scandinavia.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice very slightly fogged amber with a small crème head off a careful pour. Nose is pretty boring. But the flavor is very nice indeed. Starts off nice and hoppy. Then I get some nice funk on the edge. Then I get a kind of smoked aftertaste. I like this. Feel has a nice level of carbonation to it. Liquid is smooth. This is very drinkable and has an interesting flavor profile to boot. Definitely worth trying. I wish I had more. I wonder if this would ever become available on tap.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A deep chestnut body with a weak tan head. Aroma was nutty with some toffee notes and salad greens (odd). After some of the other winter ales I’ve sampled, this seemed rather light. The flavor was nutty and slightly sweet but had an odd aftertaste.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml from Rodman’s, D.C. Dark beer with impressive head/carbo, but a fairly anonymous aroma. Very hoppy, bordering on aggressive for the style, with only modest spices and winter flavor. Almost like an alternately spiced Celebration, but not as good.
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany color with creamy tan head. Nice lacing and head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, light coffee, bread and slight pine note. Taste is of toffee, biscuit malt with bitterness that balances malt flavor nicely. The finish is slightly dry but an excellent satiating brew. Well done.
bhensonb (12447) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark malty aroma with evergreen musty notes. Mahogany color with white, rather flat, head. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. The flavor is dark bread with floral, fruity, evergreen hop mix. The finish is fairly dry, with the malt and hop well balanced (though I didn’t think so at first). Very pleasant in the mouth. Really like it.
mabel (7250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[982-20071215] 1pt0.9floz (Holiday Tasting 2007 @ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY). Musty evergreen aroma has some malty dough grain. Clear, dark red brown body with a quick creamy light tan head. Boozy roasted malt flavour has notes of toasted grass. Medium-full body. Average.
bu11zeye (12256) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep burgundy body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, light floral, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, citrusy hops, and a touch of chocolate.