19Ei8hty (1134) - 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 (3619) - 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 (10396) - 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 (3745) - 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.
Kenbeer30 (44) - Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. This beer pours a rich red copper. Reasonable head that melts to a consistent thin covering over the top of the beer. Some lacing, but not alot. The nose is spiced flowers. Very nice hoppy smell, expectation is that this will be an over-hopped holiday beer. Then the taste. What a balance. Expectation is IPA level hops, but the taste brings in the smooth sweet malts. Hops are noticible, but not overbearing. The mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth. Palate is balanced and the finish is smooth. This beer gets MORE flavorful as it approaches room temperature. And the slightly elevated ABV makes this a truly good winter evening brew. Well done W. Bros.
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
this was not as great as i wanted it to be. though hoppier than i expected from a christmas seasonal, the metallic overtones cancelled out the pure enjoyment of the flavor. the red appearance indicated a sweeter aroma while the coppery floral aroma prepared me for an IPA’s worth of fine hoppage. but neither happened. overall i found this a nice addition to the christmas line-up, but certainly not something i will run back to anytime soon. i’d take a widmer broken halo over a brrrr anyday of the week.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
For some reason I decided to try this, good choice. Nice orange color, looks like SN Celebration. Smells and tastes piney, caramel, a hoppy beer but might as well be an IPA. I like the idea of hoppy reds/ipa’s during the winter, warming tasty with a bit of the caramel spice. Go buy Brrr, OB Gordon, Celebration, decorate your tree!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2008 07:03:59
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] Pours clear caramel brown with a smallish off white head. Aroma is citric hops and toasted and caramelly malt. Flavor is a bit lagery, lots of hops, and a decent yeasty note.
danem (14) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy tan amber with medium off white head which dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is typical sweaty yeast with pine notes. Flavor is dominated by bitter pine and citrus, surprisingly so after a rather plain aroma. Finishes surpriingly bitter as well. I wouldn’t call this an amber, but I like the pale ale characteristics. Good stuff, will look for this next winter.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Buebie poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark, clear brownish amber with a small off-white head that dissipates to a ring with a rogue swirl of bubbles along the top. Lacing is sporadic.
The aroma has toasted malts with a hint of caramel sweetness with a surprising floral hop aroma that was almost as strong as the malts especially when it warmed a little.
The taste starts with a slightly earthy hop bitterness and gives way to the sweetness of the malt backbone. The finish is dry with some pine bitterness lingering between sips.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly active carbonation profile that amplifies the bitterness some.
This is a very good amber beer with a solid hop profile that keeps things pretty interesting. Tasty.