MiP (12483) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear dark amber colour. Very small tan head. Clean flavour, semi-dark malts. OK balanced by the alcohol.
argo0 (10425) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Minimal off-white head atop clear garnet body. Aroma is medium sweet, berry, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, berry, some caramel, light lager yeast. Light-medium body, light acidity.
JoeMcPhee (7671) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour with a nice tight white head. The nose is fairly swet with a bit of light toasty character. There is also a bit of light herbal hoppiness. Slightly nutty with a kiss of light woodiness. Fairly pronounced hop flavour and a lean to moderate bitterness. It’s okay.
Leighton (7183) - London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice amber-brown with a medium, off-white head. Nose is heavy on the malts. More malty sweetness in the flavor, with caramel, light brown sugar and toffee. Faint hops of the earthy variety. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet, semi-sticky finish. Not bad overall.
DocLock (6826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Winter 09 variety pack. Deep coppery brown pour w 2f tan head. Nose is earthy c malkt, some spices, hops. Tastes fairlly rich, w some hops, mild spicy peppery notes, and some finishing Wheaties. A decent cold weather beer, and this one went rather quickly out of the variety 12 pack, which is a relative indicator of its decency.
Drake (6594) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from the winter sampler. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is malty and slightly nutty with faint fruit notes. Taste is nutty and malty with notes of caramel, light berries and other fruit notes, toasted malts and nail polish. Medium bodied.
Cletus (6187) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells resiny and nutty. Tastes caramelly and sweet with some earthy elements.
Ibrew2or3 (5823) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours clear deep copper with thin loose off white head. The mild aroma has some malts with caramel hints and some lager yeast notes. The taste tries to be refreshing but a descent load of malty caramel and roast weigh on the experience. Behind those notes are thin layers of lager yeast and grains. Don’t know what makes this a “winter” beer
blipp (4880) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber with an off white head. Toasty malty aroma with some grainy notes. Clean malty flavor, with some light grainy and toasty notes, and a hint of hops. Pretty good.
phaleslu (4528) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from a mixed pack from A-1 Liquor in Indianapolis. Pours a semi-cloudy brown amber color with an active off-white head. Notes of caramel malts, nuts, brown sugar, earthy hops, and wet leaves. Light bodied, with average carbonation and a mouthfeel that would be sweet and nutty if not for the fact that it’s too watered down. Why hold it back? There’s a better beer here somewhere.