bhensonb (15974) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle from the Natomas BevMo. Pours dark brown (orange glints) with a slight tan head. Aroma is darkly malty with hints of chocolate and some spice notes. Med + body. It’s very roasty malty, has chocolate, has some darkish fruit, and a bit of spice (cinnamon?). It finishes not too sweet. Certainly worth the price. cballatore (15) - Phoenix, Alabama, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Loved the initial smell when opened and through the pour. Sweet and caramelly. The smell led nicely into the drink and it went great with my meal. A good spicy holiday ale worth getting again. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
21-Feb-11 (12-oz bottle: Purchased 12-Jan-11 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) The Coastal Fog beers at BevMo seem ideally suited for large parties where you just need some basic "craft beer," and the Holiday Ale slides right into that designation for me. This beer is medium-sweet and malty, but not richly so, with entry flavors of toast, some caramel, figs, and sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, but it also finishes with a fair amount of red apples creeping in to diminish the positive impression of the spicy and malty entry. The enticing aroma of sweet, baking spices is nicely balanced against the sweet, toasty, slightly earthy malts. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a fairly dry mouthfeel. Medium brown in color with some haze and a quarter-inch of tan head that settles to a dusty swirl and wide ring. Not bad for Coastal Fog, but because of the spicing, it’s maybe only slightly better than the other offerings. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
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Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2009
BevMo seems to be stockted to the rafters with Coastal Fog. This one was really pushed even as of today as I went in to get some beer. It wasn’t a bad beer at all, however it was pretty average with no noticeable flaws. Aroma has some earthy/wet leafy hop aroma, some used tea bags and malty sweetness. Flavor has some really light candi-sugar like sweetness, light bitterness with a soft finish. Easy to knock back a few.
bottle thanks to bhensonb who has yet to rate this also. poured a dark amber with an almost beige head and some spotted lacing. aroma was a huge malt backing followed by some slight dark roast, dark fruits, some brown sugar or molasses??? and a sharp sting of the hops at the end. flavor was very upfront with malt, dark fruits (plum), followed by a long lasting bitter on the finish. body was heavy with low carbonation. all in all i good brew.
mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle picked up at BevMo, Mission Valley. I guess this is a new winter brew from Coastal Fog. I read that it is brewed by Beermanns. This brew pours a dark amber color. Aroma is fairly hoppy with a little sweetness. Decent bitterness. Some malts with a little candy sugar. Bitter citric finish. Not bad.
marcus (10873) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
This dark amber ale poured with a decent beige head and a light smoky aroma. There is plenty of roasted malt in the brew and some decent hopping, resulting in a nice balance. It’s good to see that Beermann’s has taken over this recipe.