cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I haven’t had this in maybe two years- time to try again. Nice reddish-orange color with a decent but fading head. It smells malty, a little roasty and hoppy. It is full on the palate, but not like many winter-type ales which are too sweet for my taste. The flavor is pleasingly off-dry, with an underlying bitter finish that I like. I might like a little more fullness to the palate, thought not necessarily more sweet. A nice Christmas beer- hoppy, red, good.
zoucrew102 (149) - - MAY 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of spruce. Pours amber/copper colored with a half inch of head that lingers. Taste is hoppy with spruce notes with a very dry finish.
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Ed5388 (520) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (2012). Pours a murky orange copper color with a foamy tan head. Aroma of malt and some herbal/grassy hops. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness.
Niko100 (1486) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of sweet malt, floral hops, & some spice; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, citrus (notably grapefruit), and spice; Finish is bitter; Overall, too astringent - meh.
chinchill (580) - South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle (2011?) served in lager glass.
A - Dark red mahogany with a fine tan head. Head has good retention and leaves attractive lacing. Slighty hazy.
Medium strength aroma that is primarily hoppy gives way to a flavor with more malt balance than anticipated. Malt is clearly in aroma too, but the balance changes in tasting. Meanwhile, excellent sweet/bitter balance.
Slightly too earthy: otherwise, flavor = 8. Nice dynamic and lasting finish.
M - nice smooth feel, medium body with good level of carbonation.
O - Think, Imperial Red Ale. Good enough to go out and buy a couple more bottles to stow away for next Xmas.
Nisse666 (3158) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Ninas mini market Edinburgh cons 2013-04-04 Uddingston
AR: hoppy, pine, ripe appricot, old butter
AP: amber, frothy wee creme beige head
F: roasted malt, a bit floral, heavy grape fruit, pine, troical fruits, a bit tired (BB?)
cards04 (826) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amber colour with forever lasting doughy looking head. Aromas are bread, yeast. Flavours are bready and sweet at first. Finishes soapy and hoppy. Well done.
DCLawyer (687) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->shaker. Pours a medium orange-brown with small offwhite head. Aroma: caramel malt, citrus hops, cinnamon spice. Taste: bittersweet malt with spices and pine. Interesting.
DocJitsu (305) - California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a mildly cloudy orange-amber color with a huge, fluffy light taupe head. Some tropical fruit and citrus on the nose. Mouthfeel is average. Pretty light-bodied, wet, but gets a little dryer toward the finish. The flavor is nearly off-putting. It tastes like I’d dropped my homemade Christmas pull candy in my APA. These flavors just don’t blend well. The wrong hop/grain combination. If this is what Santa drinks, then he can stay out of my chimney.
ajnepple (468) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Reddish-copper color with a nice off-white foam. The aroma is spruce hops and mild malts. Medium body with a thick texture and soft carbonation. Piney, bitter hop flavor with light caramel and light chocolate. Bitter dry finish. More bitterness. Meh.
davedas (4) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought on clearance. Forgot about in the back of the fridge. Great ale and Christmas on st Patrick's day.
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