tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2008
dark amber, with a huge amber head. nice lacing. aroma is apples. flavor is sweet caramel with slight bitterness. obvious alcohol warmth. excellent winter warmer. Goodgrief (2022) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Dec. 2005 - Beer poured a beautiful dark copper color with nice sustained head and really nice lacing. The aroma was citrusy hops. The taste was citrusy hops with sweet alcohol presence detectable. I’m not a big IPA guy, but this was a nicely made beer. drfabulous (7813) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Very rich and deep flavors. A nice Winter warmer along the lines of Hibernation Ale and Avery’s Jubilation. Nice dark colors and tastes. bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2007
My first sense of this big tasting ale was the sweet aroma of a milk shake followed by hops. The dark brown ale has an interesting first taste that draws one in more and more as the thick malts collide with the tingle of hops. I tried to taste it slowly, but it was a great mouthful to savor. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a very deep reddish amber with a thick, rocky tan head. Nose is very malt and floral hops. Flavor is deep malt with nice balance of hop. Toffee and caramel along with a hop kick makes this a really good beer. Full bodied and hearty.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle: Pours amber-brown with a med-small tan head. Sweet malt-based nose with notes of strawberry, floral hops and bread dough. Flavor parallels the aroma with an added hop finish. Pretty good. oakbluff (447) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
Winter version. Appearance- cloudy ruby colour with a chunky/fluffy head that sticks around. Smell- lots of C hops give it a strong tropical fruit nose. I could smell it all day long....
Taste- the hops were so stiff out of the gate that they tickled my nostrils like a strong serving of horseradish. Impressive! Sweet caramel malts give the backbone to this hop monster. Toffee and caramel with some leather. Almost sweet enought that its on the cloying side, but straddles the line brilliantly. Finish is dry as the hops pucker the mouth and the booze shows up. Fantastic beer all around.
douglas88 (9051) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Bomber thanks to riversideAK. Pours a nice orange/reddish hue with a powerful thick head. The aroma hints of Christmas trees, cookies, fresh hops, and citrus. The taste doesn’t let you down; a smooth malt combined with a bunch of hops, citrus, sweet fruits, spices, and a bit of roasted flavors. Like a Christmas dinner bottled. An awesome beer. There is almost no notice that it is 9.5%. Decadent. More please. DialSquare (4979) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2007
bomber from marinos in toledo. copper pour with a thick long lasting head. hop aroma. soft caramel, floral, citrus. light bitterness on the finish. well balanced. was better as it warmed. no hint of the 9.5% alcohol. pretty great. k-8 DietPepsican (1590) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2007
It’s christmas, figured that is a perfect time to break one of the out. Poured a thick red with a nice sized head. Aroma of hops and grapefruit, but also sweet fruits and spicy goodness. Transfered well into the flavor. A blast of hops is followed up with the fruit and a nice malt balance kicks in on the finish. Spicy alcohol finish. Nice.