rougeau13 (2139) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber with off white head that laces nicely. Complex aroma of floral hops, hay, caramel malt, and grapefruit. Taste is a little sweet and a little bitter at the finish. Medium bodied. Quite a nice beer.
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear amber pour, small off white/tan head
aroma of caramel, light toasted bread, and light grassy/floral hops
sweet malt with hints of toffee followed by floral hops throughout to finish
medium body with med/light carb with lasting hop flavors
really satisfying. Good slow drink.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Thriftway - Very nice citrus hops aroma. Very sweet flavor, and not grainy like a lot of ambers. A bit oily on the palate, but it works for this beer. Mmmm. Brrr.
hero12 (181) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with heavy hops aroma and a hint of nutty malt. Tastes like a toned down IPA, but the bitterness is still there, finish is very nutty/earthy, unlike anything I’ve had before. Light/medium bodied and noticeable carbonation. Doesn’t seem like this beer should be a winter seasonal considering how bitter it is, wish rb had an IBU rating on this guy.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear ruby amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma toffee, floral and citrus hops, lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is nice, there is a good amount of sweet malt and sweet and bitter hop flavors. Lots of flavor. Medium body, full carbonation.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice malty bready nose. Deep golden brown color. Very smooth malty taste and flavor. Yummy.
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Draught. Very pleasant hop filled aroma on this one. One of the thickest lacing heads that I have ever seen. Fairly bitter taste throughout that seemed a bit unbalanced, especially for the usually tame amber ale style. Pretty decent seasonal if not at all what I was expecting from a widmer seasonal.
EDIT: After having enjoyed quite a lot of this the last few months It is definitely the best winter seasonal that I have had this year. It is also in my opinion mis-characterized as an amber ale.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle -
Review from old notes:
Aroma is light biscuity/doughy malts, nice grapefruit hop...slight honey too. Flavor has a nice grapefruit snap to it, cereal-like malts with a really light toasted grain note. Mouthfeel slightly tingly with a nice smooth finish.
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on October 14. Poured into a glass mug.
Pours a dark orange/brown color with a small layer of head, but it leaves good lacing.
Smell is of sweet spicy hops. Taste is of high floral hops with toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is very bitter, but yet smooth. Carbonation level is low and leaves a dry flavor in mouth.
Overall, this tastes a lot like an IPA, but with spices added. Very great beer from Widmer and I’d recommend it to anybody for the price.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-18-2008 04:28:23
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
october 30,2009 stamped on the bottle. i’m not sure if it is bottled on or bb? either way, i drank it on 12/26/2009.
clear reddish amber colored pour with an almond tinted off white head and lots of drippy lace work.
the nose is really hoppy and numbing... mixed with florals, caramel malt sweetness, light pine/spruce and orange rind. it is also quite dirty, earthy and herbaceous... akin to standing next to a eucalyptus tree.
lots of hoppy numbing on the tongue but it is also quite malty and rich... flavors of orange pith, caramel, citrus pith and earthy spice lead the way to a bitter finish and lingering pnw hoppy aftertaste.
the medium body has a crisp sharp mouth feel when consumed from a glass. directly from the bottle it becomes super creamy yet it maintains the prickly mouth feel. 7.5/3/7/4/15/3.65