punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby-brown pour with a small, frothy, white head. Heavy resinous pine aroma with toasted caramel with a note of ruby red grapefruit. The flavor follows through a lot from the aroma. A real lingering bitterness but a touch off balance. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Dark amber, coppery, large frothy off-white head, clingy lacing.   Roasted malt nose, soft chocolate malts, smidgen of hops.   Smells like a NW Red on steroids.   Good meatiness on the tongue.   Hoppy but not biting.   Mild sweetness.   Strong NW Red Ale.   Lingering malts, some roastiness and chocolate.   Nice beer, flavorful from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Lingering maltiness, a little mealy, otherwise pale hop bitterness and a smidgen of chocolate malts.   Pretty tasty!
nimbleprop (5413) - 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, it’s a little mild, it’s 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 didn’t 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 won’t 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 I’d seek again.
mkel07 (3919) - 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 (11859) - 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.