VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brownish/red body with a cream colored head. Sweet malty aroma including brown sugar and nuts. This tastes like what I expect from an english ale. More descriptively a toffee, nutty flavor with a mild hoppy finish.
theOptimator (272) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is heavy butterscotch/diacetyl, caramel, biscuit. Appearance is brownish ruby red. Clear with small whitish tan head. Taste is butterscotch forward, some biscuit nutty, caramel. Hint of roast. Also a bit of alcohol. Bitterness present but a malty beer. Palate is medium full. Rich unique butterscotch is heavy and lingers with nutty biscuit. Overall a very nice beer. Pleasant and rich. Rich diacetyl you will only get from this brewer. Maybe could improve with a bit of aging, but still very ready to drink now.
jeff789 (1401) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber brown with a big sustained tan head that leaves very nice lacing... Very English malty kinda sweet brown sugar light holiday spice... Lively medium body not nearly as sweet malty as I expected rather itís spicy peppery with a dry finish perhaps some licorice still quite malty...
zestytaco (34) - Niceville, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a small head. Aroma consists of sweet caramel malts and a hint of candied fruits. The taste starts out with the same caramel malt flavor that is present in the aroma along with subtle candied fruit flavors. Pretty decent beer, good for warming up your gut on those cold nights.
rjplumer (351) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sense a nutty almost vinegar like aroma. Pours a clear brown with a tan thin head. Bitter dark fruit taste. Some apple spice and sourness.
wlajwl (3480) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild malty aroma with a bit of nuttiness to it. The flavor is nutty with a decent malty backbone. Several of the Shipyard ales Iíve had has been nutty in flavor, regardless of style, this was okay, passable but donít really get why its like this on so many of their ales.
RedSox2004 (1100) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber, almost brown, with a big three-finger head, poor retention but very nice lace. Toasted malt aromas with hints of molasses, raisin bread and whiskey. Sweet bready malts highlight the flavor profile, with notes of toast, cashews and berries. Medium body, slightly thin mouthfeel, minimum carbonation, and a slight hoppiness in the finish. Extra points for a very nice label in the 2011 edition.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity malts, caramel, lightly toasted malts in the aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor is toasty, light roast, berries, fruits, and molases. Ok, but not something Iíd revisit.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber body with a thin, lasting white head. Caramel, roasted nuts, bread, and cherry. Nice lacing. Ends dry.
J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy malt aromas with wooden overtones float off a beautiful, crystal clear deep copper/amber body with an initially foamy white head that recedes eventually to a wispy layer. Definitely malt driven (as it should be), thereís an overtone of nuttiness followed by caramel, light molasses, and a bit of raisin and dark fruit. Good, earthy hop bitterness balances this out and ties up each sip perfectly. Leaves on a slightly (and delicious) bitter note with some lightly charred wood. Excellent winter ale!