daknole (10045) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown. Caramel, hops, spice,sweet spice cake, cane syrup, and some roasted nuts. Flavor is sweet and rich with a good caramel hit and some nuts. A bit hoppy. Good beer.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler pour courtesy of nbutler11 pouring up clear amber with tan head. The aroma is nice and estery with dates, prunes and red apples as well as some sweet malts and yeasty spiciness. The taste has a bit of malt astringency anchored between prune and honey covered apples notes. There is a modest mineral and earthiness going on in the background too. Decent enough.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled 1702; March 2010
This arrives with a frothy, almost half-finger thick, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, burnt amber color that shows some rich red hues when held up to the dim light. The aroma is hard to smell after the HopShock, but has a sweet, sort of cinnamon-like, no maybe mint-toothpaste like not to it if I really dig around for it. Some hints of toasted, caramelized notes seem to bee just noticeable in the aroma as well. The aroma is disappointingly faint, but after warming up for a long time the spice character becomes much more noticeable and even objectionable.
The beer is somewhat light bodied (at least for something labeled as a Winter Warmer), but still has a certain fullness to it. I was definitely right about the toothpaste note in the aroma as this is quite noticeable in the flavor; though it is not up front as it only comes through in the middle through to the lingering finish of each sip. This almost has a rosemary edge to it up front, but really, what is that flavor; it is not really mint, nor toothpaste, it is resinous, perhaps it is cardamom and / or ginger. There is enough sweet malt to support the spice I suppose, but really the spices are just way too aggressive; they really need to dial these way back to make this drinkable. Whatever the spices are, the mix of flavors has notes of nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, definite turpene notes and maybe even some flavors of myrrh.
This is a really interesting beer, too bad it doesn’t really work for me; a subtle use of the spices that allows the malt to come out would have been really nice. Hopefully this will get fixed for next years batch, as this does have potential.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color with an off white head. Smelled of dark fruits, toffee, and light cotton candy. Medium bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect. A distinct cola flavor reminiscent of Coca-Cola dominated, but there was also a flower blossom/perfume accent. Strange.
alexanderj (3382) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; poured a dark ruby brown. Off white head. Aroma of fruit, sweetness, sugar and dark fruit. Flavor had a sweetheart feel to it; fruit and dark fruit. Some alcohol. A bit one dimensional.
BelgianBeerGal (3317) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample. Nice winter warmer with spiciness and a good ginger bite. Good malt backbone it from being one dimensional. Well made.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2011 2/5/2008 on tap. rich dark brown color with red tints. it’s topped by a whitish head that fades slowly into a ring. there’s not much to be had in the aroma... some caramel, grain, spice and a lager yeast note. light spicy flavor has a menthol like warming effect in the chest. medium body with a smooth texture.
12/16/2010 at papago.
malty brown sugary aroma with notes of clove-y spice, cinnamon, molasses and a little eucalyptus-like herbaceous quality.
the flavor matches the aroma. crisp texture, easy drinking. best beer thus far from santan
queenholly (3092) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy of mikedR. Toasty/bready caramel malt, light molasses, and faint giner aroma. Deep mahogany with a large tan head. Toasty/roasty malt, dry herbal ginger flavor with a subtle bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.
BOLTZ7555 (2932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany brew with a reddish hue around the fringes, Aroma is somewhat sweet but muddled; there aren’t any defining characteristics. Taste of caramel, nut, and grape (yes, grape)...but lacks the sour to balance it out.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Papago. Had a sweet malt aroma. Dark body color with red tynt to it and decent head. Flavor had a creamy texture to it along with a good mix of sweet and sourness. Easy on the palate. Good Brew.