Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has one of these 12-oz bottles in my cellar for the past year. Pours a semi-hazy dark copper amber colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of powdered caramel malt, some tart berries a hint of toffee and some floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, some tart caramel, floral hops and a touch of clove spice. Finish has a dark pitted fruit and tart berry aftertaste that has a sharp bitterness, though a smooth texture. The one year of aging did some nice work on this amber strong ale.
Fratto (2328) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Six pack. Hop heavy with a healthy amount of spice. It does help warm up the cold.
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, and some caramel. Tastes of the same; floral hops, pine, and caramel. This was definitely on the hoppier side (which is fine for me!).
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
We had a winter warmer tasting party and to our pleasant surprise, this isnt a winter warmer. Its actually a well crafted malty IPA. The hops dominate with a wonderful pine bouquet in the front, and finish with nice and subtle malt on the backend.
This really needs to be a year round release from widmer, as it is the best beer they have released.
markas101 (1668) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Deep amber, sweet caramel aroma. Sweet flavor, deceptively smooth finish for a stronger ale. Very nice.
BVery (4249) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
TAP: reddish/amber pour, malt and caramel on the nose. Pretty hoppy, but not terribly bitter, with good spice flavor. Decent beer.
19Ei8hty (1076) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Exactly what I expected. Sweet caramel malt base with sweet toffee accents. Thin hop components wit h a spicy resinous component. Nice holiday sixer.
jkwalking05 (2356) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is heavy in hops. Taste is the same with some floral and grassy notes.
Tmoney99 (8779) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at Freakin Frog, Las Vegas.
Poured a hazy copper color with an average creamy off-white head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. Good allspice and citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with slick dry texture. Moderate well balanced smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
Good holiday brew.
Cavie (3382) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Extremely hoppy. Taste is obscured by the amount of spice. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.