biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dull red with a frothy stable head. Fruity aroma with some pear compliments strong citrus hop and and mellow caramel malt smells with a hint of roastiness. Sweet and hoppy with grapefruit and crystal mlalt flavor. A little too bitter with a bit of astringency. Decent body with low carbonation.
kyzr (1147) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with small off-white head. Very hoppy nose with some roast. Flavor is wet and green with hops. Nice bite of grapefruit with a good balance of malt that rounds out the flavor.
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear amber pour with a small, sandy head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and sweet. Caramel. Bright and fruity. Tastes of dry florals into a sweet malt base with a bit of fruit and citrus. Lingering bitters in the trailer. I dig hoppy ambers!!!
BrownDogBeer (50) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours medium dark amber with a white head the lingers around. Initial smell is malty with a bit of hops peaking through. sharp hop taste with good body. Not as spicy or dark as most winter ales but is a very good amber / American Strong ale. Hides the 7.2% very well.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo. Deep amber in color. Strong hopped aroma with a hint of sweetness. Solid hoppy character. Good maltiness. Seems to be in the same vein as AB. Good solid brew. More potent than your standard amber, if it really is one.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich deep amber color with very nice white head that has good retention and produces some of the best lacing I have seen in a while. Nose is full of a good mix of bold hop aroma and solid maltiness. Flavor falls off a bit for me. There is a slightly stale malt flavor going on in here. The finish is a little short too. mouthfeel is nice though. Not bad, better than some Widmer beers I’ve had but not nearly as good as the hefe.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear copper pour with a thin head. Biscuity malt aroma. Flavor starts with sweet maltiness and ends with some mild hops. Being a winter seasonal, I was expecting more spice from it but found none. Decent beer, but with all the winter seasonals to pick from, this would not be one I would grab.
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big sweet and floral aroma. Hoppy but a little sweet and carmal malt flavor. Palate is a little thin and the finish is too bitter.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 10/22/08. This American Strong Ale pours a medium amber color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and fruity. A medium bodied American strong Ale. It tasted like a ramped up amber ale. It does not have any of the Xmas spices I might have been expecting. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are piney and floral. Interesting beer. Fairly smooth tasting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
BeerThinker (3) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and Chocolate malts pair up to give this beer an intense deep, glowing red color and a billowy head fueled by the ample carbonation. The nose is all of citrus and candy-sweet malt up front and slowly yields to a warmer, more subdued malt character. The palate follows suit and offers a very nice interplay between sweet malt and bitter hops. While predominantly a hoppy beer, this one finishes clean, crisp and surprisingly well balanced. Strong carbonation provides some body, but the mouth feel is just bit thin, if anything. Otherwise, very drinkable and not the least bit boozy from the relatively high ABV. My samples were enjoyable and somewhat reminiscent of another cold weather favorite of mine - Schlafly Christmas Ale - particularly in the aggressive hop profile. Kudos to Kurt and Rob Widmer on what should be a welcome addition to the craft winter seasonals lineup for winter ’08!