DrSilverworm (8334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, bottled 9/20/11. Clear red/amber color, minimal khaki head. Nice ring of lace, webby film of head on the surface. Sharp but lighter carbonation. Earthy hop nose. Spicy sweet finish. Good, but doesn’t stand out too much from other winter ales, just a bit hoppier.
tgncc (3005) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Int’l Great Beer Expo. The aroma is earthy, caramel. The appearance is deep amber. cream-colored head. The flavor is caramel, brown sugar, earth, pine. The finish is piney hops. Medium to medium/thick in bodsy. Good.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite winter beers. Hoppier than, say Deschutes Jubelale and not quite as malty. Citrus spice, clean, hoppy, lasting finish. Easy to fine, great to drink.
jjuf1853 (1269) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brass Tap. Pours a clear dark reddish amber color with medium sized foamy off white head. Excellent sudsy lacing that clings to the side of the glass. Aroma has some swetness along with toffee and roasty notes. Flavor is nice with a fair amount of hoppiness, almost more in the style of a red than an amber.
Slipstream (2214) - USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to one of my cousins for bringing this to our Thanksgiving celebration. Sweet, full aroma. Malty, but well-bittered too. A hearty and hoppy brew that is just right for the late autumn. I am surprised to see it is an amber, since I usully don’t like those.
puboflyons (2479) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle stamped 08:22NH-OCT 13 11. The pour is a darker olive-amber with a fizzy but short lived head. Decent clarity. The aroma tends to bring out the hops more than the malts, sugar, and yeast but it is nothing like an IPA in that regard. It just has a better than average hop presence. The body is medium. The taste has a quick, up front caramel malt character followed more swiftly by a bitter hop bite.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong flavors and aromas of hops and candy caramel. One of the smoothest and easiest drinking (almost too easy) winter brews I have tasted. Definitely a prime choice for those holiday parties. Not heavy and certainly to compliment well with ham or wild game dinners!
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - hoppy, faint sweetness;
Appearance - brown, extremely thick fluffy head, laces very well;
Taste - sharp hop front, sweet maltiness mixes into the back, finish is mild for the style though has a long lasting bitterness;
Palate - light crispness, nice body;
Overall - unique, well built, almost like a liquid candy cane.
jcos (1670) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle on November 28th, 2011.
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish copper.
Aroma: Aroma is mostly of hop bitterness, some pine.
Taste: Taste is light bitter, then sweet, then a heavier bitter finish.
Palate:Medium light body, shorter finish.
Summary: A decent version of the style...somehow, 1 of the 2 other raters I know rated this within the same 10 minutes of me, yet we are many states away. Weird.
ben4321 (4629) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 11/28/11, Rating # 1988, the Doug Williams Super Bowl Year!
Aroma: The nose is somewhat fruity, there’s some pine hops, and some caramel malts
Appearance: A clear dark orange-brown color with a lasting creamy beige head and heavy lacing
Flavor: The taste is fairly balanced between the medium sweetness and medium hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, with a fairly creamy feel to it, a soft carbonation, and a semi-dry finish
This is a solid beer. It has a good balance to it and a pretty decent mouthfeel. It isn’t an amazing offering, but it is solid enough.