BelgianBeerGal (2958) - Dayton Area, Ohio, 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 (4863) - 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. Theyíre usually a spcied up mess (Iím looking in your direction Harpoon) or a blandish amber (Sam Adams, now Iím 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 (11760) - 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 (2508) - Williston, North Dakota, 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 (8327) - 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.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
botled. pours dark brown with large off white head. Smells of spruce and burnt caramel. Hoppy with flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with a piney/floral aftertaste. Decent beer.
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a lovely dark amber, nice thick head with decent retention and very fine lacy patterns. Very hoppy on the nose but nothing too powerful, low malt aromas. Begins malty sweet, quickly transitioning to the hop flavors and bitterness and then both mellow out to linger on the tip and sides of the tongue. Thick, syrupy body with medium carbonation.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet caramel malt aroma. Nice brown color. Flavor is only okay. Sweet, caramel, but in a strained way. A dry but untasty finish. This beer disappoints the aroma and appearance. Cloying.
machfive55 (355) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark reddish brown with three fingered head. The aroma was strong piney hop notes. Flavor was strong piney hops and bitterness, very IPA like, surprising that malt does not come through more. Palate was rich with a light carb. Overall malt comes through more and the hops mellow as the beer warms but this is hop dominated at first.