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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
This year’s holiday seasonal is a more traditional winter warmer and will be released in late October. If you recall, last year’s Old Humbug was a Strong Lager with a subtle star anise infusion. This year, Anders has created a very tasty, traditional British style winter warmer, utilizing an ale yeast strain instead of our usual house lager strain. Although this is a stylistic departure from our usual creations, you will not be disappointed. With generous amount of Castle Special B malted barley, which lends a hint of dark molasses flavor, and Challenger, Glacier, Newport and US Golding hop additions balancing the robust yet smooth malt profile, Old Humbug II comes in with a 8.2% Alcohol by volume (ABV) which will keep your tummy warm on those cold winter nights that are just around the corner. Limited quantities of this hand crafted gem are available For those of you who can’t make it to the Tap Room, Old Humbug II has found its way into select local and Portland area accounts but its disappearing quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (3933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Most traditional ales aren’t this potent, the alcohol brings the warmth to tis nutty, malty brew. Sweet malt, molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of gingerbread, in both aroma and taste. Perfect for a Christmas Eve quaff after all of the chores are done. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
20-Apr-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $4.71 at liquidsolutions.net)
I haven’t been especially impressed with most of the bottled offerings from SOB thus far, but this beer is quite good, bordering on delicious. It’s quite sweet and very malt driven, offering chocolate, toffee, coffee with milk, gentle roast, winter spices, and light hops, but the alcohol is rather apparent. The hop bitterness builds to moderate levels over several sips, but the beer still remains distinctly malty. Full bodied and smooth on the palate with a nice richness and moderate carbonation. Malty, sweet, spicy and lightly buttery nose. Amber-brown in color with pretty solid clarity, but the light-tan head only pours to a quarter inch before receding to a thin ring. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. It seems that this brewery shines with the darker beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2014
Draught at Saraveza. Light roast malt, grainy nose, with some spice. Dark brown prune juice color, constant slow carb rising, creamy tan head. Good malty and coffeeish sort of initial / goes a bit flat in mid / finish has a kind of chemical off-flavor. Starts fine and veers off into something not so pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bomber. Molasses, spices and bitter dark chocolate. Thick and full bodied. Some dark fruit sweetness in the background. Light tangy bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
From bottle. Very dark brown color. Aroma is nutmeg, holiday bread, molasses, grape, and roasted malt. Taste is molasses, holiday spices, chocolate, toasted malt, and plum. Boozy aftertaste with plenty of spice, fruit, and chocolate lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle- pours dark amber with thick tan head. Nose of malt, yeast, and caramel. Taste is of sweet molasses, brown sugar, and milk chocolate. Would be excellent dessert beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Reddish color with a foamy light head. Lots if prunes, molasses, plums, dark caramel, spice cake. Sweet and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Highly carbonated pour gives way to a dark brown beer and a large off-white head. Aroma is very sweet with candied sugar, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, and some lingering hop bitterness through the finish. Taste is molasses, brown sugar, raisin, and light bitterness. Coasting mouthfeel. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2181) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2012
pours a somewhat cloudy dark brown with a ruby tint, and a small tan head. smell is of spice, caramel, a little plum and other dark fruits, and malt. taste is of dark fruits, a little chocolate, malt, and spice. ends spicey and oily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Solid brown in color, interesting soy nose. A good winter brew, thick but not too much so. Creamy tan head

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