funkthulhu (1) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2010 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I understand this is a winter ale, but I donít want to drink a Christmas tree. Too much piney hops, not enough malt to balance.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz. Bottle) pours mahogany with off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, nuts, wood. Taste is bitter with malt sweetness balancing things out. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter. There is a woodiness to this beer that I find distracting. A decent beer otherwise.
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours amber brown with creamy beige head and foamy lacing. Smells strongly of a pine forest. Tastes strongly of a pine forest. This is not classifed as an IPA, but the aroma and taste say othewise.
dabeerguy (17) - Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winerfest types donít usually get much play from me with a few exceptions but this seasonal from Utah (yeah Utah!) is killer. Aroma of piney / spruce hops and nutty malts develops right away. Nice bite of hops on the first taste continues to the end with a nice finish. A west coast hoppy profile for sure. Sierra Celebration (one of my all time favorites) with more malt background.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 Bottle via footbalm. Pours a deep shade of mahogany. Frothy light tan head. nose a combination of spicy hops and crisp, caramelly malts with some burnt sugar and light licorice undertones, Flavors add a little cream to the mix for a creamy, burnt sugar, caramel candy flavor. Simple, yet decent.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from, ironically, Wasatch.
Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shines through a deep, clear copper when held up to light. Itís got a big 3-inch beige head that shows excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma is very subdued and mainly sweet caramel malts mixed with floral pine hops. There are hints of orange peel in the nose as well.
The taste has a quick hop kick up front before the big sweetness of the caramel malts take over. The finish is hoppy with some pine needles and herbs, slightly dry.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and fairly prickly with the hops coming out surprisingly well.
I enjoyed this as a well-balanced winter brew with a surprising hop kick thrown in.
beardedjack (3) - Utah, USA - MAR 23, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is my favorite local winter seasonal beer. at 7.1 abv you would think it would be a malty, spicy mess but it is most definitely not. i pours dark brown light lacing with a tan head that dissipates but not completely. the aroma is prune caramel with pine and maple. it hits your pallet with a nice carbonation and a somewhat clean bitterness. the taste is pleasantly hop forward bitter with balanced sweetness, similar to the nose, slightly pine and caramel. you should try this beer!
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, caramel malt, slight citurs, and pine. Poured brown/very deep amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, fluffy, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, and ligt to medium bitter. Tastes of caramel malt, hops, pine, resin, and dark bread. Flavor is a bit a skunky. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Caramel malt, hop, and slight pine finish.
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Kahootz: Brown with tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma of furniture polish with a sour, musty flavor and maybe some figs thrown in for good measure. Itís ok, not my favorite for a strong ale.
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the UT state liquor store in Cedar City. Pours a dark brown colour with ruby highlights. Foamy, pillowy off-white head and some pretty sturdy looking lacing. Aroma is sweet, spicy hops up front and then some darker malt to finish; maybe some chocolate too. Pretty nice flavour with the sweeter hops balancing out most bitterness except right at the end when the grapefruit rind hits you. A hint of coffee and chocolate also in there. Really nice and more complex than expected.