WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 Ok need to re-rate, cask today at the brewery, and damn! 2005 22oz bomber. Happily found this at a Bevmo in La Jolla before the 2006 release date, my sources and I suspect Stone, Alesmith’s distributor had some left in storage in their refrigerated warehouse, and waited until the season to relase it. Bottle foamed over upon opening which was a tad dissapointing. Pours a cloudy straw with a huge pillowy thick head. The aroma is pure refreshing hop goodness. The taste is sweet and mellow and very refreshing. Hopps are ovewhelmingy present with a hingt of citrus. Aging really brings out the pow in this beer while mellowing the flavors. Either my palate has changed a lot since the last time i had winter yule or this beer has changed a lot. Yulesmith gets my 3Y rating Yum Yum Yum. Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle. Malty, dry, hoppy, pine aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a dry finish. Plesant. Ungstrup (37629) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2006
An amber beer with a light brown head. The aroamis sweet with a dusty hop note, while the flavor is sweet malty with a thick note of caramel, the alcohol is more felt, than tasted. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Thanks again to SecretSanta06 for yet another unrated top 50. Awesome.
Served in a wine glass. Dark red color, off white head. The aroma is dominated by C-hops, but reinforced by a strong malt backbone.
Drinking this is similar to smelling it. The hops tend to get slightly acidic and over the top. But again the malt comes to the rescue. The ending is realy whats lacking. Too dry with the combination of the hops adds to cottonmouth. I’m a huge fan of this style, not sure on this one. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
22 oz bottle (Rozi’s Wine and Liquor House, Lakewood OH October 2006) served at cellar temperature from a Corsendonk glass. Big puffy light cream-colored head dies slowly atop the luminous, hazy and yeast-flecked dark gold-amber body.....pretty big PNW hop aroma, lots of typical citrus and pine but also nice hints of maraschino cherries, light creamy caramel, vanilla and lavender, fairly complex and quite enticing.....on the tongue, my first thought is "barley wine", this is quite hoppy but the malt balance is there and it’s immediately warming and a bit sherry-like (though fresh) with a slightly oily, juicy mouthfeel and rough fresh hops increasing continuously to the long bitter finish....burnt almonds and light pepper also show up, giving this yuletide confection a lovely complexity, a slightly different mood with every sip, almost....tingly carbonation might be a little on the high side but I can find very little to complain about this, and I’m plenty pleased as many W coast hop bombs haven’t been doing it for me lately. This does, in spades, and is the equal of any Alesmith bottle I’ve had yet. Awesome.
adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 3, 2006
22 oz bomber. Hop Heads, rejoice at this offering !!! Pours a coppery golden color with a thick creamy beige head. Smells of intense hops, pines,citrus, vanilla, and butterscotch. Taste is similar to the smell. Very thick piney taste with hints of vanilla, butterscotch and citrus. A powerful imperial/double ipa. One of the best of its kind, however, not as good as the Three Floyds Dreadnaught. Superb, regardless. joergen (28148) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Hazy orange coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles.
Flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles.
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottled. Orange/amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Soapy, piney, flowery and herbal aroma. Citric. Flavour of caramel, pines, herbs and flowers. Light fruity. Quite complex and balanced. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a warming dry and acidic bitterness. Excellence at its best, Alesmith is one hell of a brewery. pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Forgot whether I got this from a trade or a purchase....anyway it pours out a slightly hazy copper color with a nice white creamy head. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops. Flavor is complex with a good balance of hops and malt with some spice and sweet flavors here and there, but still with the nice hop flavor of the summer version. This brewery never fails to impress me. Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottled. Hazy amber coloured. Grapefruits and hops in the aroma. Sweetish hoppy and fruity flavourMedium to full bodied. Bitter aftertaste. Quite nice.