Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle consumed at New World in Tampa. Pours clear amber with lasting tan head and some sheet lacing. Mild aroma with a rich roastiness as well as a bit of sweet dark fruitiness. It has a rich inviting flavor with roasty malts mixed with pine hop bitterness. The malts seem to dominate but the hops canít be dismissed either. Toward the finish a brief dark fruitiness surfaces and mixes with mild caramel candy sweetness to add to the persistent roasty maltiness. Tastes better than I was expecting.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish-red body with a flimsy, off-white head.
Smell: Mushy brown malt aroma with hints of berries and spice.
Taste: Ill-defined brown maltiness, though no real sweetness. Dash of sparkling water. Light fruitiness. Faint hint of spice. Mild, tea-like bitterness. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery.
Drinkability: I appreciate it trying to Winter Cheer me up, but it just didnít really come together for me.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice looking ale, pouring a clear dark reddish copper body with a goodly sized eggshell head that coats the glass heavily with thick lacework. The aroma has sweet malt, almost caramelly, with a bit of apple and an earthy bitterness. That pretty much describes the flavor except that the bitterness tends to grow and linger. It also gets a bit dirty as opposed to earthy. Not sure what makes this a Winter beer, but Iíll stick with others.
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jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber with thick off white head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste of caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. Nutty finish. Reminds me of a brown ale. Average.
Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a mahogany-plum color with a dense, frothy, beige head that leaves patchy, creamy lace on the glass. The nose is a blend of cocoa, nuts and faint caramel with spicy and herbal hops in support. Light-bodied with soft carbonation, the palate transitions to a fairly bitter finish that comes across as a bit metallic. Spicy and herbal hops front the flavor with a malt backing that features notes of light chocolate, nuts and caramel malts, but the hops actually dominate the flavor profile. Itís a bit disjointed, overall, but itís certainly the best of the Spanish Peak brews that Iíve tried.
EithCubes (4413) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Sticky caramel and musty fruit aroma. Mahogany-copper pour with a bubbly beige head. Taste is sweet and caramelly with some choking musty hops, and resolving into a nice nutty aftertaste. Does manage to dry out somewhat. Light-medium body and smooth. Touch of Germanic spiciness, and yes, I do like the hop profile here, but adjunct percentage seems to be a bit high. Something of a well-rounded, but not quite wintery, brown ale.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a cleardark copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, light cocoa and a hint of nuttiness.Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, toasted malt, light cocoa and a hint of nuts with a smooth malty finish.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured a clear, deep garnety-copper with a creamy cap of beige head and sticky lacing. The aroma was nice and hoppy, with pine and herbal notes on top of caramel, chocolate, and coffee.. sweet, warm, and seemingly well-balanced. The flavor had caramel, chocolate, and nutty notes at the core with dry coffee bitterness, a little fruit showed at the end, and this was quite well-balanced. Medium-bodied and a little grainy on the palate.. warm, toasty finish. Very good stuff!
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with an inch thick light tan head and heavy lacing. Smooth feel with a medium malt body, quick bitterness. Pleasant aroma of caramel and sweet fermented red grapes. The malty, fruity aroma is backed with some floral hops. Flavor is spicy and flowery with caramel malt and a taste of fresh rolls. Moderate hop flavor and bitterness along with a sprinkling of dark fruits.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep mahogany with a bronze tint when held to the light and has a beige head. The aroma has toasted malt, some butter, caramel, butterscotch, cream, dark maltiness and diacetyl. Medium smooth body with some tinniness and very sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out metallic with dark malt and phenolic spiciness. The finish is quite astringent. A fair beer at best.