oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours a nice reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruits, nut, hops, and a touch of wood. Flavor is smooth caramel malt, wood, and a nice hop. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Wonderful spicy aroma, some alcohol is present, but is very warming, this is kind of a nipper, or sipper whichever you prefer. Rich and slightly sweet malt background, but turn slightly spicy in the aftertaste, but still remains crisp and clean on the palate, is never sticky or overpowering. An enjoyable beer that I would like to try when its fresh. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 06-May-06 in trade with Otter, thanks Jeremy!) 2005 release. Best by 01-Feb-06. I don’t know the alcohol content on this beer, but for some reason, each sip reminds me of alcohol -- the flavor, that is, not the warming effect. Must just be the moderately assertive piney hops play-acting. Otherwise, it’s malty, sweet, a bit of caramel and toffee, all of which is balanced by a moderate, lingering bitterness. The nose is caramely and malty, hoppy, and again, seemingly alcoholic. Medium-full bodied yet somewhat crisp, and the carbonation is about average. Amber-brown color is fairly hazy and the beige head settles to a wide ring surrounding a somewhat filmy layer. Enjoyable, despite the suggestion of alcohol. timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Hazy light brown liquid with a medium head that dissipates quickly.
Good spicy hop balanced caramel malt nose.
Very sweet malt taste. Not much spice to my surprise. Slight alcohol taste to it. Slight hop taste to it. A medium bitterness in the palate with slight caramel malt. jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2006
It was brown in color with a nice frothy head. It was a well balanced beer with a nice smooth taste and a hint of hops.
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful honey color with a thick off white head. Smells like sweet maple syrup and grains. The taste is sweet and bitter at the same time, a good balance. This beer has a decent hoppy kick, and fairly active carbonation. Seasonal, so grab when possile. verge (32) - USA - MAR 6, 2006
I really enjoyed this seasonal brew. Very nice hoppy flavor with plenty of citrus and pine notes. One of my top holiday brews. mybrainhurts (400) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Muddy water brown pour with a foamy yet soft white head. Aroma of fruity, floral hops and pine. Not much depth in the aroma. Flavors of citrus and grapefruit, perhaps a touch of toffee. Watery mouthfeel and bitter finish. I was hoping for more complexity with this offering but It seem rather one dimensional. As it warms a kiss of caramel emerges but it’s too late to really add anything. Overall, just ok. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 12oz. bottle, best by 02/01/06. Dark amber, hazy with a smalll fizzy tan head. Aroma of spicy piney hops, with a little bit of caramel malts. Not really picking up much maltiness in the taste, just moderate hops and finishes fairly clean, except for a slight lingering bitterness. Also a bit of earthiness and warming alcohol as well. Not bad, will get again next year. 6-3-7-3-14--3.3 So anyways, I don’t feel like going through another entire rating again, but I’ll update. Best by 02/01/08. Why do I smell some tangerine/tropical citrus hops? Surely this isn’t Chinook? Just checked the site and now I see Magnum and Cascade are now included. This doesn’t smell Cascadey, so it must be the Magnum. The head is also larger and longer lasting. Bitterness peaked at a grassy 2-3 of 10. Creamy medium body with low carbonation. I have no idea how this resembles an English Strong Ale, since by my stats I flippin’ hate them. This, however, is quite nice. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Muddy brown body. American hop, fruity aromas. Sweet, slightly syrupy body would be cloying if not for the high carb. Lots of caramel malts and good hop flavor. Stylishly odd, could be called an American IPA.