Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Gasthaus. Dark copper with one finger head. Nose brings with it pine and citrus hops with some grassy tendencies in there too. Nice bitter Red Ale, no hint that there’s 7.2 ABV in this one. Deceptively delicious.
I’ve enjoyed this both in the bottle and on tap, but tap wins.
badgerben (4886) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper color with no head. Light aroma of pine hops. Dark malt and nutty taste, finishing with a splash of pine hops.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper color with thin white head. The nose is grassy hops, caramel, and just a hint of spice. It comes across the plate with a mild hop taste; then comes the caramel. Goes down relatively smooth; little to no carbonation.
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo. Reddish copper color with a slight off-white head. Fresh hoppy aroma. Medium plus body with creamy/chewy carbonation. The flavor is pine over caramel malt. Not quite dry. Not quite bitter. Quite tasty. Don’t pass it by.
highibus (798) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a nice chestnut with thin white head. not much aroma, but great flavor of roasted malts and mikd winter spice. good body and a nice finish.
marcus (9219) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This amber ale poured with a nice fluffy off-white head and a root beer aroma. The flavor is quite hearty, filled with smoked malt followed by tasty hop bitterness.
robforbes (2183) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a semi-cloudy amber with a small white head, and some lacing.
smell is of pine, caramel, some malts, and finishes with some spice.
taste is of caramel, some malts, slightly metallic, touch of spice, some pine, and ends a little on the bitter side.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from S&K Beverages in Plano, TX. Pours a slight hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma of some caramel and hoppy grapefruit spice. Flavor is malty, caramel, hoppy grapefruit, nice bitter. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation....Overall, good stuff, warming, good winter beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Man was this a nice surprise. Easily one of the better amber ales I have ever tried. Very dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Awesome blend of sweet malt and bittering hops. Complex flavour with a clean finish. Great winter warmer.
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burgundy red with a piney hop, sweet almost pepperminty malt aroma. Nice beer that tastes like the aroma with the taste leaning towards the hops. I thought this was too hoppy for a winter beer, maybe I have burned myself out on hops. But it is very drinkable with nice carbonation and the alcohol is not noticeable.