mcberko (11875) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Burgundian Tavern, pours a dark amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of holiday spices, citrusy hops and roasted malt, like a spicy black IPA. Flavour is very similar, with the spice more dominant than the black IPA component character. There are some chocolate and candied notes in there as well. Solid stuff.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Roasted malts, spice and a some sweetness in the background. Finish is dry with a touch of bitterness. Overall a very mild brew.
ACHops (1222) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours dark slightly reddish brown with very thin head. Aroma is roasty dark malts and a hint of chocolate. Taste is smooth rich chocolate malts with substantial bitter hop finish. Very dry mouthfeel, almost chalky. Would like more hop flavor in the taste, the malts dominate a bit. Solid although a bit one dimensional... the bourbon barrel aged version of this (Woodsman) adds strength and complexity to great effect.
raphael (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coffe,e wheat bread, pine resin, spice. moderate khaki head on translucent mahogany. Dries the mouth--thin and a little flat. Tastes roasted, sour like Guiness, some spices. Some warming. Astringent finish.
robforbes (2129) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a clear maroon with a very small tan head, and some lacing.
smell is faint, some spice, and some malt.
taste is of spice, malt, caramel, and dark fruit.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Brouwer’s Cafe: Deep ruby, copper hues, moderate pillowy light beige head, nice lacing. Soft cocoa nose, a little bit of toasted malt, a bit nutty. Smells like a big Brown Ale. Big notes of cocoa and nuts on the tongue, malty, yeah... very much like a big Brown Ale. Smooth, albeit body and mouthfeel are moderate. Has a bit of biscuit on the exit. Its like an English Strong crossed with a big Brown Ale. Fairly tasty, even if a little unexciting.
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a murky dark ebony with a dense and creamy tan mousse that fades quickly. Big roasty chocolate and herbal hop nose, really nailed the combo--bitier than an impy stout, sweeter than a black ipa. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Sweet heavy chocolate mid palate with a long creamy sweet chocolate finish. But still maintains its presence as a balanced strong ale, rather than as the impy that the deScriptors might suggest.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Schooner Exact Brewing Company Hoppy Holidays Winter Ale--Bottle # 2104--2011 32 oz. Growler Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 60 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace thin off white head. Clear dark bright amber copper bronze color. Toasted floral hop malt spice front. Mellow sweet toasty roasty spiced malty mild fruit rich crusty Winter Ale body. Smooth balanced hop crusty mild sweet end. Rich smooth & well done. Sampled 1/22/2011. Purchased for $10.25 including $5.50 growler deposit at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 1/22/2011.
BrewDad (5324) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eastside Tavern Club – Olympia, WA
Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Big malt and spice aroma. Coffee and dark roasty malts in the flavor. Earth like flavors are very good. This ha a dry and smooth finish a very tasty beer.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ SE. Clear dark amber pour with a brief off-white head leaving a moderate lace. Coffee, dark-roasted malts, woody and nutty, with hints of chocolate and root beer without being sweet. Highish ABV sneaks up on you. Resinous hops enter in the middle and last through the finish. Dry on the palate, incredibly tasty. I’m a big IPA fan and not at all a coffee drinker, but HH is a very impressive beer!