BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a tan head and a brown body. Aroma of raisins, chamomile tea and honey. Must have been a old bottle as there were not a large amount of hops...at all. Taste was sweet with caramel and a bit tea like. Medium bubbles.
sebletitje (8955) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of wasatch
pours light brown, frothy beige head.
Aroma is hoppy, caramel malts, with nice light roast.
Flavor, same as aroma, profile leans toward a good roasted malts, chocolate and some spices, grainy and bready mouthfeeel. Finish with light hops, some chocolate.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a clear dark amber with an average off white head. The head seems to last well and laces nicely. Has a good hoppy aroma, with malts, herbs, spice and some fruits. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is soft but decent. Very refreshing. Blended well and the alcohol is barely noticed. Has a watery texture. The finish is pretty good and the aftertaste isn’t half bad. Overall a fairly tasty beer.
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with an half inch of off-white foam resting on top.
Smell: Toasted dark breads and caramels wrapped in notes of citrus, dehydrated herbs, and mild spice.
Taste: Toasted dark bread crusts and grains smoothed out with a modest caramel sweetness. Lightly nutty. Citrusy, herbaceous hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Subtle hint from the alcohol. A touch of spiciness, though it doesn’t seem to be due to an actual dose of Christmastime spices. Drying, lightly bitter, lightly spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Pretty good! A reasonably bold winter brew without being too heavy, ridiculously spiced, or having a laborious ABV.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of douglas88. Pours a striking amber with thin tan head. The aroma is musty with fruit and malts creating a pleasing sensation with the aid of a touch of molasses, spice and pine hop bitterness off in the background. I was expecting the taste to be as thick and rich as the nose but it starts thin and then moves into musty smushed up fruity goodness and modest pine hoppiness. Very nice. Seems almost barleywine like, which I like.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
POurs a nice ruby. Nose is sweet, fruity, flowers and citrus. Flavor is much the same with some pronounced floral hop sweetness and mild cherry flavors. Finishes sweet. Not bad.
riversideAK (6049) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Douglas88.Thanks! Tons of caramel malt, toffee, and darker fruits in the aroma. A touch of earthy hops. Pours auburn with a frothy head and some good lace. Mostly full of caramel malt presence, there is also some toffee, light earthy notes, and some fruity sweetness. Malt centric up front, there are some floral, earthy, piney hop resins that dry out the finish and add nice balance to an otherwise straight up malty brew. These hippies on Whale Wars are a bunch of weiners.
emacgee (4576) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby dark copper with a one finger frothy light tan head. The nose is malty and sweet, raisiny, nice pungent nose. Good malt complexities. Flavor is a step down. Less held together. Sweet, malty, mild peanut shell flavor. Palate is a little bland and watery. So much potential going in.
bhensonb (13731) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle gratefully received from Douglas88. Pours dark ruby amber with a significant beige/tan head. Strong malt aroma - not so much sweet as strong. Some supporting notes of chocolate and resin. Medium plus body with smooth, creamy carbonation. Flavor is malt, touch of chocolate, and a lot of hop, maybe mostly floral. Finish goes down to something like bitter chocolate. Seems well balanced. Very flavorful. It’s really nice to drink.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Douglas88. 12oz twist-off bottle. 7.1%ABV. Pours a reddish \ brown color. Foamy light brown head. Smells like a well hopped American BarleyWine. Heavenly! Deep roasted malts. Chocolate malts and floral hops. Chocolate and pine, who doesn’t like winter? Flavor is a bold, chocolate malt character. Sweet toast. Sweet molasses boldness sticks out the most. All followed by a sharp hop. Adding the bitterness that lingers on the palate. This beer is just begging for some one to love it. It might be me. Although you never want to show all of your cards, being afraid you may not receive the same as what you are looking for. It has a great flavor. A sticky, syrupy malt character. Perfectly balanced with a hop bitterness. Not to strong. ABV is just where it needs to be, to be enjoyed. An ideal holiday ale.