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 I’d seek again.
mkel07 (3322) - 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 (11450) - 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 that’s 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.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Muddy mahogany, puffy off-white head. Fresh strong northwest hops and a muddled caramel malt note and some earthy prune notes. The flavor is slightly bitter with a balanced body and nothing really jumping out at me. Seems like a traditional winter ale with its aggressive dry hopping and mid-lovibond malts but they hold back with the actual gravity or bitterness. Chewy tail with a nice dull hop thud in the tail. Not the best choice of hops.
Maverick34 (2213) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft from Waterfront Manhattan. Poured dark, some caramel and earthy notes. Not too bad, not too remarkable either.