19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hearty dark malt body. Rich and dripping with winter beer seasonings. Sweet toffee notes with raisin and caramel. Some brown sugar character and perhaps a bit of rye spice. Grass and orange peel.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours cloudy red brown. Light brown sugar aroma. Palate is light with a little caramel. Ok, but not exactly a warmer.
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper/ rust color with ivory sheen. Nice spicy caramel, pit fruit, toffee, floral, herbal aromas. Medium bodied. Bittersweet flavors of spicy, grainy caramel, dark bread, herbal floral hops, with a drying bitter twang to finish--good
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours hazy dark glowing amber with a beige creamy head. Aroma is quite malty with some floral aspects. Med body. Flavor is an English ESB morphing into a barley wine. Quite nice.
BK7 (748) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A good winter brew. Lots of fruit and malt up front balanced out with the hops. Smooth drinking. Light bitter finish with a slight alcohol burn.
cstuartj (1002) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Couldy amber colored with a thin white head. Bitter hoppy nose. Crisp bitter earthy taste. Yumm.
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz single from "Lifesource". S.Salem. $1.75
THis beer is listed as 8.6% on the bottle
Dark murky brown/amber ale with a lovelly thick light tan head.
Pretty hoppy aromas..resiny,spruce like type...a little caramel malt.
Despite the hoppy nose the flavour is full on chewy,toffee,caramel maltiness..hops you can feel them underneath..stopping this from being over sweet.
Nice palate..strong and smooth..very chewy.
Overall a very very nice malty winter ale.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy brown with nice cream head. Hops in the nose along with dark fruit and brown sugar. Also agree with another rater who found butter and carmel notes as well. Nice silky mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Plenty of balance in the taste with rich malty flavors and enough hops backbone to back them up. Grassy hops notes and dark fruit with brown sugar and carmel. Nice long bitter finish. This one’s a keeper.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a hazy cola brown color. there is that traditional strong ale profile along with a touch of sweetness standing out. powered by malt but doesn’t quite warm the cheeks as I expected.
cmonster (982) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler served in tulip. 2009 Vintage on Christmas 2010. Dark, dense amber-brown pour with a medium sized light beige head that slowly retreats leaving, excellent lacing. Sweet heavy malt nose of caramel, boozed prunes, brown sugar, and resiny hops. Medium-full body and complex texture. The sweet palate fades smoothly to a long, bitter finish. This is delicious!