Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown, with a hint of ruby red, pours a thin head.
Interesting! Rather strong toffee/caramel, with some fresh fruitiness — presumably due to the wheat and Citra hops — and a hint of hops. Delicious aroma!
Not as sweet or candy-like as you might expect from the aroma, but the toffee/caramel characteristics are certainly there. Initially the taste is almost disappointing, because it doesn’t compare with the aroma, but it’s the aftertaste that counts here, and the sweet notes linger at the back of the tongue. The wheat and fruity notes are quite masked, but the beer has a certain freshness to it, which is peculiar when combined with the toasty sweetness. Good stuff, but it could use a bit more depth.
I’ve had one or two brews by Peak Organic at pubs in the US, but I haven’t formed a clear impression of them yet. They have some very interesting sounding beers, and I do hope to get my hands on more; this one is promising.
maxwelldeux (3491) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark amber color with very little head. Very hoppy nose on this, which was a very pleasant surprise. Taste is a little hoppy, but a very easy drink.
Cybercat (3222) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is quite strong and rye-ish with a rosiny overtone and just a hint of citrus. It pours a dark coppery amber with a fairly thick buff-tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Flavor has a strong rye core with hoppy and citrus tones and a whisper of caramel. Texture is quite smooth and somewhat fizzy, leaving behind a nice, if not too persistent, tingle.
BREWMUSKCLES (2200) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice pine hop character with an initial barrel wood taste and a bit of moldy funk. heavy enough ivy in the mix there is a noticeable sweetness in the finish after a couple of of good sips. a creamy vanilla flavor permeates more at first taste and less so later. should be called soulstice because it is too satisfying to be a session. a bit of spicy licorice and cinnamon.
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color. Smell is hops and malts. Taste is hops and bitter up front, than some malts kicking in, a touch of wheat. Overall an interesting and enjoyable beer.
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really liked this. Has the typical holiday spices and color but the citrus/pineapple hops flavor makes this a bit unique. Very good.
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bhensonb (10748) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours darkly ruddy with a foamy off-white head. Pineapple? Maybe. And some roast malt. Near full body. Flavor is roast malt with a lot of hop flavor. Nicely bittingly bitter. This is dang flavorful stuff. Pineapple? Yeah, maybe, probably, ok, they say it is. Why not?
Slipstream (1985) - USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good aroma: floral hops, grains, coffee. Clean dark bread flavor, some rye. Mostly dry and a bit astringent. Good brew - one of Peak’s better offerings, and a nice seasonal surprise.
collinmb (65) - - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love this beer, not the heavy spices typical with a winter style. Malty a little nuttiness. Dark pretty color, white head.
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frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, hazy brown color with a bit of peach to it, little bit of tan-white head. Great malty aroma, with just the right amount of toasted and spicy notes and little bit of hops. It has a very well-balanced, great taste between the sweetness and a little bit of bitterness. Medium, slick body with a smooth finish. Overall, a great winter beer, with just the right warmth and taste.