bigrond (1435) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is a very good beer. high in alc. smooth and slightly spicey. pours and rich leathery brown -thought the head lasts only moments. has a strong and lasting aftertaste. This is very good and I will be cellaring half of my six pack.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks argo0! Clear, rich copper body with lazy carbonation and a small, foamy head. Aroma of cinnamon spice, brown sugar, and fruity malts with notes suggesting currants and black raspberries. Flavor is of assertive and slightly coarse American hops with a well-toasted malt background that includes a fruity element. Quite bitter with good balancing residual sweetness. Very flavorful with a medium-full body. I have no idea what the recipe is for this but it reminds me of Arrogant Bastard with a subtle English malt twist. Good beer, especially at the end of a cold winter day.
GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours dark amber with small head. Good lacing. Carmel hops and citrus with nice alcohol warming effect. Nice balance. A perfect winter brew from a great brewery.
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via rudolf. Pours a clear caramel color with a small but firm off-white head. Resiny hop aroma over a sweet malty base, lots of toasted malt, caramel, and light toffee. Very well balanced flavor, lots of sweet chewy malt perfectly cut thru by a perfect amount of hop bitterness. No alcohol taste at all noted. Medium bodied but really fills out well giving it a substantial mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer, this is what comes to mind to me when I think of a winter beer or "winter warmer". Good stuff.
jsquire (3297) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle -- Deep amber color with a thin, cream colored head. Very hoppy nose of pungent pine and grapefruit. Upfront in the flavore profile are the sharp piney hops, grapefruit rind and resin. The apple, orange fruitiness is in the middle with orange peel taking over in the finish. Also a fair dose of water. Malts do not seem to support all the hops. Not what I expect from a winter seasonal or an American Strong Ale. If you don’t like hops, you won’t like this beer.
ClarkVV (3742) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2005 bottle hot off the shelves (Mass just got the IPA, Old Man and Phin and Matt’s). Drunk on 12/16/05.
Pours a clear mahogany-chestnut brown with copper tints. Beige head immediately recedes to a very thin cover and then ring. No lacing. Smells of really hard crystal malts, pungent alcohol interlaced with sharp and citric hops (resinous at times too). Very dry overall. Perfumey and lightly phenolic, with even some wintergreen esters as well as a dry, earthy sort of note. Flavor is a very drying mix of hard crystal malts and bitter pine and citrus hops. Eye-openingly bitter for what I was expecting to be a soothing, rich, malty winter ale. Hops flavor is grapefruit, oranges, and pine as well. Light hints of toasted grains and a very caramelly/crystally sort of malt that is quite dry overall. Light suggestions of coffee seem out of place with the citric/resinous hops. My second Southern tier bottle, and while the rather high level of filtration didnt seem to affect the Hop Sun, it really affects this one. The already medium to medium-light body and dry, hard crystal malts go nowhere in conjunction with this thin, at times papery texture. Moderate to high carbonation as well, but no sign of the alcohol. Hops linger on sharply, with a fair amount of acidity.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nteresting balance of malts and hops provide a unique taste. Strong aroma of hops — grapefruit, pine — supported by malts. The flavor opens with hops that carry through to the finish. At the same time, sweet and roasted malts are intertwined within the bittering hops. Full body with thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol presents itself in the finish.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Clear, amber ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. The wacky/wonderful nose is of black tea, soft mint and menthol... BenGay! The flavor is weird, funky and fantastically odd. Heavy Williamette hops! Huge notes of black tea. A bit boozy and medium bitter. Full-bodied and heavy with fizzy carbonation. Finishes bitter and bone dry.
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark copper, large frothy sand colored head, fairly nice lacing, very light carbonation. Earthy hop aroma, somewhat soily, touch of coffee grounds. Very earthy on the tongue, slight pine, hops are subtle, sweetness rounds out the back side. Moderate body and mouthfeel. Slightly oily on the finish, remains fairly earthy, sweetness lingers. Not bad, certainly a bit different. Thanks Dan for the bottle!
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted and smelled like a bock. Thick palate though very bubbly. Poured with a small head, clear, burnt color. Basic malty profile in the aroma and flavor but finished with too strong of a bitter hop kick. Hops are nice but these hops just tasted kinda cheap and didn’t fit in with the foundation of the beer.l