zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to notalush for this bottle. Pours brown, with a white head. Aromas are
sweet malt and brown sugar. Flavors are slightly smoked malt, bitter hops, and some toffee. might also have some slight touches of chocolate. Bosy is lighter than expected.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Rich head. Flowery aroma. Big toasted taste. Toffee, coffee and grassy hops. A bittersweet symphonie but lacks in all other areas.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one drinkable warmer - light and sweet throughout. Cranberry colored pour with a healthy, foamy head. The nose is also light - noting yeast funk and subtle apple fruitiness. Some of the malt also comes through in the aroma, bringing with it a cinammon sweetness. More malts, sweet and doughy, are realized in the body giving a nice depth and masking the high ABV. Mild chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut come through and blend nicely - adding to the creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Like I said before, this is dangerous stuff - meant to be sipped and savored but it could be easily chugged.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a brown-copper body with a medium sized off-white head that shortly recedes to a small ring. up front I’m really digging the aroma - there is a fairly pleasant pine hop profile among caramel and chocolate malts. very bitter grapefruit hop flavour with warm yeasty undertones. interestingly enough the caramel and biscuit malt play a large role so there is a pretty decent balance here. very tasty though not the winter sipper that I was expecting.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear reddish amber with a small white head. really well-balanced aroma juicy caramelly abd toffeeish malts with oily piney notes. Less balanced flavour. Caramel, wood, toffee, wormwood and white peppe in flavour with a bitter aftertaste of orange-peels and wormwood. Interesting ale.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent, opulent and magnifying copper in color with a grey-tinted, oily grease splotch covering most of the head. Winter aromatics conjure up nutmeg, brown sugar, whole wheat bread, rum raisins and spruce. Flavor spins off the predicated nose with caramel and maple to sweeten a forward bitter assertion that was somewhat dormant in the aroma. Toasty almonds meet tree bark while honey-oat whole wheat bread lingers with a touch of piney bitterness. Hints of rye for a yuletide twang border on a stinging sensation but keeps it professional through and through. Similar mouth feel as a Rye P.A. or an imperial red. Admirable natural carbonation is mimicked and enhanced with a sodden, earthen, bitter edge. Roasted pecans, almond shells and rye protrude in the finish, wrapping up with a titillating, clean, bittersweet tale in the end. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Tiny beige head atop a crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cherry, mango, blackberry. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, earthy, peach, some nutty, cherry, light herbal, alcohol warming. Medium body.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, light brown color. Fizzy, quickly fading off white head. A clean tasting ale. Moderately full malty flavor which is nicely balanced with bitterness. Overall, this brew is a tad on the thin side.
bigrond (1475) - 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.