Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel notes. The flavor is sweet and malty with a touch of caramel and candy notes. Medium to full bodied and smooth yet dry. thornecb (6188) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Growler from CBC. Pours light mahogany into a shaker. Fluffy tan head with good retention slowly recedes leaving spider lacing. Caramel and resin aromas. Well balanced and crisp upfront with a lasting resin finish. I’d call it an American Strong ale similar to an Arrogant Bastard. Improves tremendously as it warms... knickskicks (1168) - - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Copper, light tan head with some lacing. Nose is citrus, biscuits, caramel. Taste is citrus fruits, biscuits, burnt caramel and hops in the finish. Lasting bitterness. Great malt character. Quick3Beers (1556) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Pours from a bottle a dark cloudy copper with a thick off-white head. Aroma is apples, pine resin. Flavor is a well-balanced sweetness, floral, and bitterness. A good brew for the winter. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2007
On tap at Bukowski’s in Boston (16oz for a paltry $2 with their dinner special!). I had this one after having the Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, so I had concerns that the taste from the heaven-in-a-glass that was the Hercules was going to linger in the mouth and overpower the Big Man Winter Ale. Well, that was an unnecessary worry. This one more than held its own against stiff competition. Rich, full and surprisingly hoppy. I guess I was expecting a more typically malty "winter ale" and was pleasantly surprised with what I got.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
The color is a hazy gold with about two and half fingers of white foamy head with some nice lacing.
The smell is a floral flavor with some citrus flavor. A nice mix of grapefruit and lemon is really nice.
The taste is pretty piney and has a great sharp hoppy flavor that is pretty enticing. I liked the good malty finish that evened out this beer and really made a great flavorful experience.
The feel of this beer was light and really even. There was some hops that wanted take too much of a stab at the easy drinking of this beer but it was all just washed away in the end.
yespr (49162) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
From tap at the brewpub. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and slight toasted malty. Solid grapefruity to pinewood hoppy. Mild peachy too. Lingering thick malty and grapefruity hoppy finish. Nice. johnnnniee (4459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2011
On tap at the source.
Pours a slightly hazy golden to amber color with a decent off white head that displays moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of citrus, lots of grapefruit and juicy floral hops. Bready toasty malt provides enough of a backbone to keep this in check. Taste is slightly harsh in bitterness with a bunch of pine and citrus. Malts sweep in bready caramel and toasty to balance this out a little. Medium body and carbonation level with a slick resinous mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one its a nice flavorful IPA.