DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
20-Aug-15 (22-oz bottle)
This winter seasonal pours a very hazy, deep-amber body and about two inches of foamy head, settling very slowly to a blobby blanket, leaving gobs of foam on the glass instead of intricate lacing. The nose is fully malty with caramel, toffee, toasty bread, and light chocolate. On the palate, toffee and sweet caramel candy stand out along with toast and candied fruits. It’s pretty sweet with just mild roasty bitterness to offer any counter. The beer is full bodied, medium in carbonation, very soft and smooth on the palate. Overall, this is just a deliciously malty winter beer that’s a great sipper.
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear darker brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose is really well balanced - I get a little bit of grass along side some bread and yeast notes. Taste is very slightly bitter, with a fair amount of toasting coming through. Not bad.
umich03jm (2902) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber thanks to michaelinwa. Pours a dark copper color with a huge fluffy head that fades very slowly and leaves chunky, soapy lacing. Rich, malty aroma with some flowers and mild spice. Taste is smooth, sweet caramel malt with just a mild bitterness in the finish. Floral hops throughout and just a touch of citrus in the finish. A tad over-carbonated, pretty foamy in the mouthfeel. Medium to thick to body. Really tasty beer.
fiulijn (16659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - 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 (5749) - 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 (3119) - 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 (325) - 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 (4750) - 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 (3501) - 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.