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!
Hanuta06 (393) - Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: from bottle--purchased at Total Wine & More.
Aroma: moderately roasted, caramel malt.
Appearance: small, frothy, light-brown, initial head with fully diminishing longevity and very good lacing. Dark-brown/black, cola-colored body.
Taste: moderately sweet initial taste and lightly bitter finish with nutty, roasted malt aftertaste. Long duration.
Palate: full-bodied with dry texture and lively carbonation.
Overall: very good. The sweet initial flavor offset the lightly bitter finish very well.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown appearance, nice head. Good roasted aroma and flavor. You can really taste the grains in here, and there are plenty of hops to make its name appropriate. A really nice winter seasonal.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 moderate roasted malt, very hoppy finish, cant wait to drink more from this brewery. 122010 Dark chestnut, wispy off white head. Chewy dark brown sugar, lavender and piney hops. Great winter warmer.
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.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and woody earthy hops. DRy roasted malt flavor with big earthy bitterness. Flavors of wood, herbs, and funk are imparted by the hops. Was very dry both from the roast and hops. I found this to be very enjoyable. I would like to try their IPA.
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at the Schooner Pub and Galley. Clear amber in color with bubbly white head. Very aromatic. Citrus hops and spices too. Tastes much like the nose. Busy flavor. Lots of hops and various spice notes. Body is above average. Too me this is like a winter IPA. Would drink again but may be a tad heavy on the spices.
BrewDad (5117) - 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.
after4ever (6692) - 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.
bhensonb (12467) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours clear darkly copper/brown with a very slight beige head. Aroma of dark roasty malt with hints of chocolate and something suggesting hop. Near full bodied. Flavor is roasty, a little nutty, has some chocolate, and there’s some bitter which could be hop. The malt flavor is pretty dominant, so it’s hard to pick out a hop type. Still, this stuff isn’t all that sugary, and there’s bitter in the finish. Pretty drinkable stuff.