andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Purchased at Breeze Thru Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed on a very tired Monday after the Super Bowl, which should be observed as a national holiday. Appearance is a clear golden amber with a rich white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of citrus hops, a bit of spice, also caramel malt, has a nice aroma. Taste is surprisingly well balanced, winter ales typically go more malty and in this one the hops punch you just as much as the malt. Hops are middle ground between citrus and sprucey, has a unique spice note, malts are bready but there’s a sweetness in this as well. Medium to high carbonation, medium body. This is one solid winter ale, job well done! foyle (435) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that slowly recedes with some lacing. Amber color with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: rich aroma of yeast rolls, pungent earthy hops, some caramel and raisins.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and a bit sticky with a pleasant finish.
Flavor: complex combination of bread dough, sweet caramel and toffee, fruity raisin, significant bitter earthy hops and with a slight astringent alcohol burn in the finish.
Overall: a pleasant sipper on a cold winter day and appropriate to the style.