swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. Another winner from Southern Tier. Insanely drinkable 9%. Pours deep orangish copper. Slightly murky. first pour off keg though. Pretty big head. Aromas of hops, pine, slight Christmas spiciness, cinnamon?. Taste is smoothly & agressively hopped. Again with the slight Chrstmas/ SN Celebration spice. Great beer.
Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber...copper with red highlights...beige head, small but present...sweet and malty aroma with some spices on the nose as well as sharp fresh hops...creamy body...hops on the tongue, and sweet malts...nice balance...spicy hop finish with a touch of sweet caramel...wayyy too easy to drink for a 9% beer.... Krampus is a funny word..:)
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Premier Buffalo NY. dark amber color decent foam. Nose is big and i mean BIG PINE, wood. Flavor is again pine, oak, nutmeg. decent beer but not a fav.
HonkeyBra (3379) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of an Amber/reddish pour with a thin, whispy head. Lots of piney hops, with some spicey, herbal, and citrus notes. Flavor is very piney, with lots of interesting spices, wood, some caramel. The flavor has a lot of grapefruit and piney hops, vanilla, oak, spice, with caramel and sour dough malt backing. When it’s cold, I would hardly believe this was a lager, but as it warms a very strong sweetness emerges. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and finish is a tad too sweet. Overall, pretty solid, albeit a bit funky, winter lager.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff is christmas tree in a bottle! Pours a glowing clear red/amber with soda bubbles and a small white froth. Extremely fresh piney resiny hop aroma, almost like concentrated pine extract. Flavor is fresh crisp pine tree with a nice rich light caramel base, huge huge hops, can’t believe this is lagered and yet so fresh. Must try again!
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, shared with cdumler. Pours a beautiful clear reddish orange with a medium white head, decent lacing and head retention. Very odd aroma with massive hop notes, including wood, floral, citrus and herbal notes. Also very subtle caramel and watermelon notes. Not much malt at all in the aroma. Taste is very similar but with a shift towards the citrus side of things, and maybe slightly more herbal. Medium-full bodied. Certainly an odd beast this is, and not reminiscent in the least of a helles lager.