fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Mckay’s Taphouse, Bellingham
Beautiful dark amber color, bright, with creamy head. Nice aroma of caramel and hops, some earthiness, green fields; very light fruitiness. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied, with good caramel, moderate residual sweetness, malt, some hop resins, light bitter oranges, and quite strong bitterness.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biscuit toffee caramel and herbal dank hops. Amber brown pour big creamy lasting head and lace. Flavors of biscuit and herbal hops mainly. A little caramel abd a little toast as well as a toucg of pine. Nice lingering dry bitterness. Another solid pnw winter warmer.
jdavisesq (38) - - DEC 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from taproom into pint glass. Pours deep red to brown with sliver of white head. Aroma of butter, malt and yeast. Solid bitter up front and at the end, grassy but malty. Similar to Sierra Celebration.
madvike (2077) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle tasted semi-blind from brewolf...thanks Michael! - Pours deep dark amber with a thin foamy light tan head. Nose is lightly grassy, with some herbal notes and lightly toasted malt. Taste is the same, with some butterscotch notes, smooth yeasty malt, and a touch of herbal hops. Smooth and thick body with a fine-bubbled carbonation.
improvjock (290) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque old penny copper with cream-colored, almost yellow head. Aroma of sugar, malts and vanilla. Flavor is very sweet at first, but has a bitter hop bite in the finish. Not bad at all!
Aurelius (3444) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright, mostly clear bronze beer with a light tan head. Ok label. caramel, slightly perfumed, somewhat nutty aroma. Tastes a bit of rye -- edgy, tannic, pith bitterness. Long tannic aftertaste. Thanks to Triock for hauling this back from the Pacific northwest.
Aubrey (3343) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, roasty and sweet. Sugary notes of chocolate, caramel, honey and milk. Mild herbal bitterness. Light, hard-to-define spices in the background. Lacks some depth, but it’s easy to drink, wholesome and cozy.
CampesinoTino (612) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a dark coppery amber color with a solid inch of creamy beige head. Aroma is predominately citrus, caramel and bready malts. The taste starts off with a strong dose of orange citrus, brown sugar and toasted malt flavors followed by some herbal hops, grapefruit rind and toffee. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with adequate carbonation and a mildly sweet and spicy finish. Nice blend of citrusy hops notes and rich caramel malt flavors.
michaelinwa (454) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Pours a reddish brown, with ample, thick, resilient head that clings to the glass. Aroma is floral hop and sweet malt. The flavor is where things get more interesting, as this beer is a nice balance of sweet, carmel malt and mild hop. This gives a light but complex flavor that finishes with interesting flavor and slight lingering bitterness. This is what I look for in a winter ale, and something that seems harder to find than it should be. So, this one is a winner, and one that I will want to definitely buy again. Nice beer.
Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours an orange color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and citrus notes with some light spicing. Not as complex as I typically expect from a winter ale.
The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of orange citrus with some toffee, grass and biscuit notes. There is also a little bit of spice in the flavor but it is fairly subtle. The alcohol is well hidden.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.