alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel and toffee, some bread, dark dried fruits, with mild spices. Smooth texture and surprisingly not too bad.
Chad9976 (1328) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had an enjoy by date of 2/25/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: As advertise - a beautiful shade of deep, clear mahogany. Plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to an average-sized, ivory, frothy head which laces and retains excellently.
Smell: Fairly muted nose with hints of dark amber and chocolate malts.
Taste: Pyramid claims "Snow Cap" is a winter warmer, though it’s overtly lacking in spices you usually find in the style. It’s probably more accurately labeled as an English Strong Ale as it does have the basic characteristics of that style. Light notes of chocolate and toffee as well as a certain je na se quois factor of English well water brews (i.e. Samuel Smith’s). Not much in the way of bitterness or hop flavor, though. The palette here is surprisingly mild considering what it’s marketed as being. There’s a slight tanginess on the finish you often find in macro-brewed quasi-craft beers such as this. The taste is inoffensive and drinker-friendly, just not drinker-impressive.
Drinkability: I was quite surprised to see that Pyramid Snow Cap weighed in at 7% ABV. On one hand this is good since it makes it highly drinkable with its flat, thin mouthfeel and smooth, clean finish. On the other hand it’s disappointing that a brew this big is this mild and simplistic. A good beer for newbies, but veteran drinkers may be left unimpressed.
jdavidh (158) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Awesome Xmas red color, but a weirdly spicy soapy flavor. Would be better with more carbonation.
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brokensail (12277) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Porkys Pizza Palace. Amber pour with a small off-white head. Nose is sweet and cola-like. Nuts, caramel, toffee, and some dark fruits. Flavor is quite sweet as well. Lots of cola, nuts, caramel, and toffee. Kind of a weird iron flavor to it. Meh.
reebtogi (4555) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle pours amber in color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is spices and herbs with a hint of caramel. Taste is a caramel malty sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness and some spicy finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. An interesting brew for the style and definitely worth a try.
chuckstout (305) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bread, toffee, dark fruit aromas, pours a deep mahgony with dense head and great lacing. Rich complex and smooth not overly sweet with good mouthfeel, excellant malt balance.
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very enjoyable and smooth. Not too hoppy at all but nice dark fruit, malt and nut characteristics.
KennyGalanif (42) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red with minimal head. The head disappears quickly but leaves good lacing. Aroma is of dark malts, dark fruits, and minimal hops. Tastes smooth, with a fruity malt flavor. You can taste a little heat from the alcohol on the finish. Overall, it's a good beer that I would buy again!
VastActiv (3490) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 0.355l from local market at San Francisco. Colour is brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, spices and roasted malts.
stevoj (2628) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with light beige foamy head. Smoky aroma ,peat, wood barrel, burnt toast. Taste is roast grains,molasses and peat with very little hop bitterness.Dark and brooding, but very drinkable.