beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with the head disappearing immediately. Smells of hops and caramel, rather reminiscent of an IPA. Thatís a bit disappointing. Thereís a layer of some sort of sweetness...I canít quite put my finger on it though. Is it sugar, molasses, just caramel? It also has a bit of spice in there. Itís an interesting aroma.
Now the flavor is rather unique. Immediately the hops are noticeable on the tongue but give way to some sweetness in the beer. As the beer goes down, the hops seem to come back. Then again another flavor of grains, nice typical amber beer flavors along with some spice come out. As the beer finishes, the hops come out again and wave good bye. This actually quite a bit of fun to drink. Itís unique and rather flavorful.
steelersfan07 (21) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2009
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
I hated this beer. It poured redish dark amber, and the smell was pretty bold. I thought it tasted so horrible that I downed the six pack as fast as I could. Not going to buy it again.
notalush (4835) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber pour, soapy lace - nose is that of a malty IPA (caramel and spicy, herbal hops) - the flavor is much the same - malt forward at first (caramel, toasted grains), but spicy hops arrive through the middle - the difference comes in a warming spicy character at the end that works well with the hops - simple but tasty.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice, deep amber with a healthy head of off-white that leaves a beautiful latticework of lacing. Nose features sweet, syrupy hops and grapefruit with just a hint of strawberry. Flavor is buttery hops with a nice bite of grapefruit in the finish. Tingly mouthfeel that is surprisingly thick. More IPA-esque than an amber, as Iím getting more hops than malt. Pretty decent beer.
neepsntatties (1206) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from the Portland brewery. Colour... orange amber with thin head. Nose... quite hoppy with some malt. Palate... plenty of hops up front, some malt, slightly carboardy, wet earth and lingering hops on the back palate.
Skyview (5172) - 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 (2616) - 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 (8867) - 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 (1841) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - 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.