Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Nothing too special, but nice that this one is different every year, making it a trued Christmas present. It reminded me of a Southern Tier beer. Nicely balance, but nothing too extreme. Just a fairly well make beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light to medium amber with an average to large, off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left good lacing. The aroma was moderate, bread, toast, nut and caramel malts; resinous and orangey citrus hops; fruits and a hint of Band-aid. The initial flavor was sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was sweet and bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, citrus (orange mostly) hops, nutty malts, lighter resinous hops and piney hops. The medium body was a bit syrupy and then a little dry with tingly carbonation.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep dark amber-hued body with an airy, goodly-sized, off-white head.
Smell: An aroma comprised of various light notes -- there goes some bread, there goes some toasted biscuits, and look, there’s some dry dark caramel, a hint of fruit, and a pinch of zesty herbs.
Taste: Carrying over from the nose are the hits of biscuit, toast, and bread. Why, it’s a veritable bread aisle from your local grocery store -- except IN your mouth. Okay, maybe not so much, but still. Still. An inkling of dark caramel develops some slight sweetness. Small hint of fruit. Uprush of spicy herbaceousness akin to, at least for me, black tea. Moderate bitterness. Smooth, drying finish with a furthering of that Irish Breakfast tea taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Stoudts Winter Ale was fairly well received by me. It’s a reasonably bold red that made for pleasant drinking in these, the final days of a cold, lonely winter.
mcox90 (1707) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clean copper color with a 3/4" creamy off white head. Head recedes leaving a nice over coating of lace. Aroma is light spice, malt and bread dough. Soft, moderate bodied palate with a slightly bitter finish. Taste was ever so slightly on the sweet side with some brown sugar notes as well as hints of baked bread. Some spice notes I can’t put my finger on and a touch of floral hops. A nice middle of the road winter warmer type beer.
pb_destroyer (3) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite honestly, it was the last of a long once full row... so I knew it was popular at the Foodery, plus I love to try a new winter ale whenever I get the chance. From the get go it had a immediate aroma of spice and old man winter’s arm pit. Dark golden pour and a medium head. Smooth warming taste, not too bold, but enough to get your taste buds interested. I only picked up one bottle, but would most definitely go back and grab a six.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Tango restaurant in Bryn Mawr, PA. Pours a nice, clean amber with a thin, foamy off-white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel, hops, and spice. Medium bodied with a smooth, fresh mouthfeel. Decent seasonal amber ale.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle->tulip: Pours a creamy, off-white head atop a clear, dark amber body that exhibits good carbonation. Minor aroma of cookie and a slight bit of molasses. Taste is thin, body is thin, finishing astringently on the palate. Meh.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to travita. Brown pour. Aroma is malty and roasty. Flavor is dust, malt, slight hops with some bitterness.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - FEB 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice red amber pour with tiny white head. Bitter bite is nice but there is little depth to the brew.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Travita. Pours a clear amber with off-white head. Aroma of faint pecan, malt, light grain, some faint hop, a bit of hop spice. Flavor is of malt, has a hoppy flavor, nice balanced bitter, a bit of light fruit. Mouth feel is light - medium body with medium-high carbonation.Overall, it’s a tasty, easy drinking beer!
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of travita. Clear orange pour. Small spicy aroma. Flavor has some dry elements with a bitter drying finish. Some easy grain but mainly bitter hoppy finish.