KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) off white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really good lacing.
The aroma had a moderate dose of pine hops, a generous portion of grain and barley malts and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus and some nice wintery spices (clove and coriander I believe).
The taste was mildly bitter with a note of caramel and just a little orange at first then became moderately bitterer and a bit hoppy with notes of grapefruit and a big dose of spices at the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with a nice strong hop presence and a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body and a bit dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.
Overall a nice full tasting hoppy ale that had everything it needed to make a wonderful Winter Seasonal.
LGKdude (9) - - DEC 29, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apparently I'm not an IPA guy. This beer was good for an IPA, not insanely hoppy, but still too hoppy for my tastes. A bit too bitter in the back end.
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hohops (369) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber and cloudy, a one finger white head. Fresh hoppy, pine, orange aroma. Taste is orange, hop bitterness, creamy malt, pineapple hints, lemon, medium to full mouthfeel. Tasty.
Sarlacc83 (950) - Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Semi - clear caramel color with a thin white head.
N : Pine and more pine. Earth. Biscuit, and some minor citrus - particularly grapefruit. Peppercorn and maybe some rye.
T: Very bitter and only moderately sweet.
M: Medium body, resinous, fizzing carbonation.
O: A classic. This is the original palate breaker and it does not disappoint.
johndunlop1980 (9) - - DEC 26, 2014 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I thought this tasted great, really moreish! I thought the aroma was pleasant too, a citrus smell, with a sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol.
mp_lane (67) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is fruity hop with some mild plum or spice. Clear reddish amber pour with persistent white head. Taste is a near perfect balance of malt and bitterness. Always a great holiday seasonal.
graham_murphy (334) - - DEC 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Something like a full-bodied English bitter made with American hops. Very piney with lingering bitterness. Lightly carbonated, biscuit and caramel sweetness from the malt and sharpness from the hops.
oliodnb (391) - ITALY - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl 2013 bottle. Expired 2 month ago. Pours amber with two fingers of creamy off white head that disappears almost entirely. Aroma of sweet fruits, caramel and resinous hops. Taste is similar with some spices and some vegetal flavors. Bitter hoppy finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Unusual hoppy winter beer, shouldn’t have forgotten this in the cellar last year!
ogreface (1368) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A sötétebb színe, fűszeresebb illata és íze teszi ezt a sört ünnepivé, ami kellemes, finom, de nem arra való, hogy az ember hekto számra igya, egy pohár és kész!
Carlisle (96) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bronze color with thick off-white head; substantial lacing. Pine and resin aroma. Malt and bitterness upfront with resiny hop finish.
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madnorwegian (63) - FRANCE - DEC 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright copper color. A good 2 inches of head that sticks around almost until you finish your beer. Tropical fruit aromas. Tastes of fruit, chestnut honey and caramel. Quite complex. A little too bitter though. Overall a yummy beer to have with a cheese plate and apples.