kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/29/20043fourths (9341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2004
clear dark red, nice fine light brown head, sweet citrus aroma, creamy body, big sweet carmel malt flavor with lots of hop character, low bitterness, good in a me-too imperial ipa kind of way,
Score: 3.8 to 3.0
thining out with muted hops but the fruity malt is not kicking in yet, a muddy middle age mess
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Dark orange and slightly murky. Pours with a decent head, with a strong, wafting nose of straw, cherries, burnt malts, plum, cinnamon, a symphony of various spices, and an undertone resembling most Belgian quadrupels. Citric acidity of grapefruit and orange peel, pineapple, pine and dark fruit from the hops, and a nice pleasent orange bite in the middle, before it settles out into a wood and grapefruit flavored finish. Needs a bit more holding up the hops, though. Ernest (7693) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted light bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, flowers), with notes of allspice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, hint of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily bitter, lightly acidic. Medium to full body, watery (almost creamy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. IMHO, this is what Igloo *should* be, and the brewer hinted that it was closer to this about ten years ago. Rich, warming without burning, big spiced aroma, but watch out for the crushing bitterness in the end (helped by the spices, I’m sure, which makes Lakefront’s Holiday Spice almost as bitter), only barely held together with the residual malt sweetness. Very good winter warmer if you like the spicy ones. Radek Kliber (7352) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 12, 2005
Amber like with small disappearing crowning. Sweet, fruity aroma, good solid malt. Plums , alcohol at front , fruity and malty behind . Maybe not best but surely its very interesting brew. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle pours brownish amber, large foamy sand colored head, sticky lacing, with lively carbonation. Sweet Gingersnap like aroma, somewhat malty, gives off either an American Strong Ale or Barleywine like aroma as well. Fairly strong ginger taste up front, subtle hops, sweet malts, slight caramel, feels somewhat heavy. Strong body, medium mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit more of a hop bitterness than the start, and maybe some pine. Interesting that it smelled and somewhat tasted like Gingersnaps. Unique, and quite tasty. Thanks goes out to Eyedrinkale for the trade!
egajdzis (6574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Parking garage of Holiday In Express, 13th and Walnut... Copper color with a small off white head and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon spice, caramel malts, and even some light fruits. Taste was much of the same as the aroma, with just a little bit of alcohol as well. Thanks Mike! Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle: #600. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some light hops for balance. Pours a dark amber with a nice off-white head with good retention. Flavor is caramel and wood with a light hop finish. Thanks to Eyedrinkale. Frank (4190) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Cellar Temp:Surprisingly light in flavor and body for a beer with so much alcohol. Pleasant amber color with very little head. Nose is mostly hoppy with a hint of ginger. Similar flavor. Nicely hopped but lacking malt depth. The spices are quite mild, mostly making themselves known in the aroma and finish. The slightest off-note of soapy bitterness. Light bodied with zesty carbonation. Uncommonly refreshing for either a spiced beer or a beer thats 9% ABV.
beastiefan2k (3979) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Room Temp: Much thicker and with less pronounced carbonation, more befitting of a brew of such strenght. More pronounced malt helping to balance the spice. Also, the soapy note I noted earlier is all but gone. Much better at higher temperatures. I'd say this beer doesn't wake up until about 65 degrees or so at least.
Eyedrinkale pulls out another killer... penguin that is. And an old one 2002 bottle. Poured dark amber with some lacing. Aroma is strong - a very mellowy old ale - definite presence with the plum/raison alcohol but with a strong fruit presence underneath that. Taste is amazingly mellow - no alcohol presence at all. Really strong heavy fruit flavor - heavy cherry. Grainy and malty as well. Finishes with absolutely no bitterness. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
rating from memory, had this around 11/06, 22oz bomber, purchased at Chuck’s wine and spirits outside of cleveland. pours dark amber, nose sorta old ale like, sweet caramel and fruits. taste was pretty enjoyable, sweet malts, fruits, chocolate, and subtle vegetable notes. pretty tasty and aged fine.