JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ucusty at the Carolina Crew tasting - thanks, David! Dark amber pour, with a somewhat still body. A bit odd considering the deScription: imperial helles lager? Is that an oxymoron? Anyways, it’s even more surprising to drink, with some spicy clove notes in the nose and a bizarre mixture of wood and menthol in the taste, all making it some strange amalgam of traditional spiced ale and . . . Krampus? Weird, but weirdly enjoyable.
Lagunitasfan (1322) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at AlohaC’s gathering. Yummy. Hoppy and malty. Reminded me of an Imperial red or IIPA something. I liked this one a lot. Thanks WeeHeavy.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - DEC 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber. Not my favorite. Looks great, tastes ok, smells not so good. Not horrible though; the hops are the saving grace.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Swolf3, thanks Wolf. Copper pour with a white head. Malty and somewhat acidic aroma, very lager like.Pretty good hop bite too it, very clean with a nice alcohol warmth in the end, decent.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the hop flavor is kinda strange to me..and it seems a bit cloying and not that balanced...but perhaps I am just an idiot....and I have not really tried any imperial helles to match it to....thanks weeheavy for letting me try this...
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber opened by WeeHeavy at alohaCs 2008 end of the year tasting. Nice, very hoppy aroma. A little bit of ethanol amplifies the aroma. Earthy, grassy citrusy aroma. Very nice aroma. Easy to drink. Very nice. ST is great brewery.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share by ucusty. Clear dark amber pour and quickly disappearing head. Nothing lager-y about this beer. Strong resiny hops on the nose. Spicy from the hops and a little peppery. Some orange peel. Big and assertive; a little sharp and slightly soapy. As with many ST beers, big and interesting at first, but a bit much after a few tastes. Still solid.
nuplastikk (5369) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Orange amber color, a pinch hazy. Nice long lasting half inch head. Piny christmas tree aroma. Wow. This is one of the best and most original Winter beers Ive had in some time. Wonderfully combining hardcore piny with eastern euro pils hoppiness, almost peppery. Creamy and drinkable, very smooth on the palate. Great beer.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Small fluffy off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, light pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some pepper, alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, some acidity. Very enjoyable for what it is.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a crystal clear deep orange-amber color with a medium sized and long lasted off-white head. The aroma had a nice stiff but not over the top or out of balance citrus nose. Light malt and a touch of pepper spice. The flavor was a mix of malt and grapefruit that did not mix well for me. Almost like a carton of juice getting ready to turn. The finish was semi-dry with a touch of spice and a mild bitterness. Close to a medium body with nice warmth and a silky feel in the mouth.