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. It’s 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 (4960) - 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 (1544) - 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. It’s ok, not my favorite for a strong ale.
BelgianBeerGal (3256) - 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.
Suttree (5293) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am usually a little bit leery of "winterfest" beers. They’re usually a spcied up mess (I’m looking in your direction Harpoon) or a blandish amber (Sam Adams, now I’m glancing at you), and almost always too heavy. So this was pleasant surprise. Right off the bat, I got a nice hoppy aroma, with a bit of pine and resin, and some caramle in the background . First sip was crisp and drinkable, not too heavy. Nice mix of malty and woodsy, sticky hops, mixed in with a bit fo tat fruity notes. Not bad, and pretty tasty. Thanks to douglas88 for the trade!
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice mahogany color with a rich tan head. The nose is blend of hop and malt aromas. Caramel/toffee and citrus pine. The taste starts with caramel & toffee with grapefruit and pine. A little spice in the end. Both hops and malt show nicely and blend together well. It has a bittering, dry finish.
Full-bodied with moderate to strong carbonation. The Alcohol is well-hidden. Just a great malty/hoppy beer. Hits the spot.
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small cream head. Aroma of nuts, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, florals, caramel, and light cocoa. Flavor of caramel malt, florals, earth, clove, and cinnamon.
jake65 (2747) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a light amber color with an ample sandy head. Lots of sticky lacing. Nose is sweet, caramel and citrus with light florals. Tastes bold with citrus hops, caramel, and again, light florals. Lingering bitters in the tail. Very well balanced, smooth, and just plain enjoyable.
daknole (9624) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks superdave! Pours a dark amber color, light head. Aroma smells of nuts and christmas trees with some light spice. Flavor is piney, citrus and floral hops with some roasted malt and light spice. Good stuff.