nimbleprop (5083) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Several pints at Matchbox, Washington DC. Comes a translucent, nearly opaque copper, amber with a creamy, slightly clumpy white head. Aroma is probably my only complaint, itís a little mild, itís slightly spicy, some biscuit malts, a little earthy. The flavor is very nice, good hop zing up front, grapefruits, lemons, pine, toasted grains, some light spice, some dry cracker, biscuit. Finish is dry with some lasting bitterness. I actually really liked this. It paired really well with the zesty pizza I was eating.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. from Bottleworks. Dark ASA. Damn this thing didnít produce much head, but it is sure dark. Translucent appearance, looks like a nice ASA to me. Ah...too much caramel/toffee malt in the aroma and not enough hops. I get a very buttery-type aroma coming from this. Again, not much to speak of in terms of hops. Some nice sweet malt aroma(s) coming from this, but I was expecting more of a balance between the hops and malts, but the caramel malts simply dominate. The only reason it has the aroma score it does is because of the fact that it is slightly aromatic. Bitterness upfront, but quicly turns to a buttery, slightly hop, mess. Ah.. I wonít say this is bad, but for an ASA this beer lacks a few dimensions. It is very smooth but this beer could use a tweak in the hops department. I can slightly taste the bittering hops, but again, this beer is weighed down by malts.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not enough alcohol to be a winter seasonal, in my opinion. Tasted fairly ordinary, like a not-too-bitter red with some spruce added. Standard but nothing Iíd seek again.
mkel07 (3640) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. Looks great in the glass. Dark brown with a rich creamy coffee coloured head. Looks robust and hearty. Mild cocoa aroma with an earthy backdrop. Burnt malt and roasted coffee bean flavours abound. The flavour lingers on the palate. Tastes like a mix between a Belgian Strong Ale and a Stout.
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and rich in colour, on pour. The hops are aggressive. Very festive seasonally. Great after a day on the hill. Very much a eye opener!
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber brown with a tan head. Aroma is citrusy, piny hops with a little bit of caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is a nice blend of citrusy hops with a nice malt backbone, that features a little bit of chocolate and brown sugar. Good stuff.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown, light head. mellow nose with roasty caramel malt notes, and some full spectrum hop notes in the background. taste has some hop bitterness up front, followed by caramel malt goodness. nice
argo0 (11583) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop clear dark copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, grapefruit, light metallic. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some pine, light chocolate. Soft medium body, light effervescence, fairly easy drinking.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper colour with a bubbly tan head that lasts a while and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is both hoppy and malty with notes of toffee, pine, nuts molasses and some tropical fruit. Flavour is very much the same with an emphasis on the toffee maltiness. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a nice, long bitter finish. Quite similar to a couple of other Rogue beers but thatís not necessarily a bad thing; a very nice winter style American ale and one of the best recent releases from Rogue.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a mahogany red body with an off white head. Pine y viney hop tones, bitter pine notes and light etoh. Hoppy herbal pine notes, moderate bitter finish.