viverlee (18) - - FEB 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There’s no way it’s just 6.7% ABV. I won’t believe it.
Here’s a simple rule, for Winter Warmers, Doubles, Imperials and other Strong Ales: Beer shouldn’t sear your nostrils or your mouth. What’s really at fault here are my expectations and the thought that here’s supposed to be a warming booziness. Instead for some reason it’s cold. Real cold that shoots straight from the glass up the nose and doesn’t improve with the first or second sip.
Toffee, pomegranate juice and rubbing alcohol mix awkwardly in a fine mahogany glaze.
It’s Chimay Première without the distribution or the flavor.
Beeradvocate Rating: 85
ratebeer Rating: 73
Hayward Abbey Rating: 72
tfontana (49) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Signal Variety, Plaistow, NH. Aroma is malty. Appearance is beautiful clear amber red with small white head; no lacing to speak of. Taste is moderately sweet. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture and average carbonation. Touches off reactions in the back of the mouth like tannins in wine. Finish is moderate. Overall, a nice looking and tasting beer with a good mouth feel. Not the most interesting aroma and taste in the world but highly drinkable and enjoyable for other traits.
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a thick white head. Aroma of banana esters and funky yeast. Taste follows, signature shipyard yeast and that’s not a good thing. Rough.
jb (2407) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brew pub in Orlando. Nice dark and malt dominated. Lots of caramel.
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite good and amber. Nice aroma and sweet features. Not so clear and easy to drink too in cold weather.
jsmerig (1311) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear orange Amber. Aroma of slight burbon. Taste is more of the same. Reminiscent of a scotch ale.
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scooterbub (901) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice amber brown with a thin beige head that lasts. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, grain, chocolate, citrus and some hops. Similar aroma. Has a full body with a slight bitter and dry finish. Easy to drink and rather enjoyable.
bth122 (1323) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear ruby color. Aroma of toffee caramel biscuit. Light sweetness. Some roasted malt. Light bitter. Pretty smooth. Nice flavors. Decent brew.
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dfinney23 (2087) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep amber with a thin tan head. Starts sweet and malty but finishes lightly spicy and bitter, especially as it warms.
slowrunner77 (6569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"a nice soft nutty vanilla-based malty aroma is the beers forte. it’s got a decent body and a pretty rich flavor. better than the norm for shipyard, too. kind of a one-trick pony flavor-wise, but pretty nice."
Darkmagus82 (1937) - - MAY 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance - A deep red color almost on the verge of brown. Forms a nice head that retains for some time giving way to some decent lacing.
Smell - A bit of sweetness and some maltiness. A fine hint of some tasted nut as well.
Taste - The taste is very roasted malt heavy at the forefront. There is a little bit of sweetness that peeks through at the end as well as a bit of spiciness of nutmeg toward the end.
Mouthfeel - A very nice level of carbonation and a wonderful creaminess that coats the tongue (especially at the forefront of the tasting when the carbonation is the highest).
Overall - Alright, but nothing really too special for a winter brew as the taste is a little lacking.