Vighals (661) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Klar Orkanger med kremete offwhite skum. Karamell, fudge, malt. Søt karamell, noe bitterhet. Kort søt, lite bitter ettersmak. Medium kullsyre.
koleminer20 (348) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
550 mL bottle shared at a tasting on December 15. The pour is a slightly foggy orange-red with a pretty sporadic white head with no real lace to be found. The aroma is pretty fruity. Cherry and some pear, with a good bit of pumpkin as well. This reminds me of a can of Mixed Fruit Cocktail. The flavor is a little bitter on the front. There is a light fruitiness to it, but it lacks any type of complexity. The mouth feel is pretty thin, and the flavors don’t really hold up like I’d want them to.
Excalibur123 (50) - Soria, SPAIN - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color dorado intenso, buena cabeza de espuma blanca que perdura unos mms en la copa, aromas sutiles a malta tostada, caramelo y uva blanca, entrada en boca suave con amargor equilibrado y baja carbonatación. Cuerpo medio y trago largo con pos gusto maltoso y algo dulce, cerveza bien balanceada y fácil de beber.
ChrisFields (65) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012/2013 batch. Pours amber gold with a bubbly white head that retired quickly into a thin ring around the edge. Toasty caramel and malt aromas with light hints of raisins and dark fruit. Flavor has a strong malt character with a slightly sour finish. Smooth and easy going down. Overall a decent English ale, although it probably would have been better last year. I’ll be sure to get this year’s batch to compare the two.
odannyob (55) - Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 2012/2013 edition. Poured from the football picture on this years label bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass, also pictured on the label.
But, today is the 1st day of winter and I toast this new winter season with this delicious ale.
BiddleBrau (865) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Been many years since my last. Light amber with thin white head. Sweet caramel malt nose. Flavor is sweet that transitions to hop bitterness. Creamy notes with some fruit as well. Not ?standard? for seasonal but in line with what Sammy Smith has put out.
rdixon77 (409) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear red brown. Pilsner grain aroma with some honey and spices. Taste brings more malt and some toffee sugar. This one was a bit skunky and metallic. Creamy mouthfeel. Could leave this one.
DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden brown with a frothy Jersey cream head. Nutty, malty, baked bread aroma. Flavor of toasted nuts with a solid hop bitterness. Too bad this is not part of their everyday line up.
tcuhaimes (9) - fort worth, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is light brown with an off white head. Taste of heavy malt with a nutty finish. Lingering taste afterwards pleasant though. Pretty good and I would have one again for sure
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From the bottle, pours a mostly clear reddish amber with very little head. Smells wintery, a few spices on top of an average pilsner aroma. Taste is lacking. Thin, weak, a pilsner with winter spices. Not a great offering.