Capa (3325) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2008
2007 edition. Brick red with a half-inch tan head. Toasty malts, bread, nutty, and burnt. Creamy body. Burnt bread, malts, nutty flavors. Finish is sharply bitter. Impressive, and different. Will make its way into my winter lineup from now on. jimhilt (2611) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good sticky lace. Cloudy brown/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is burnt brown sugar with hops in the background. Nice beer when there is two feet of snow on the ground. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Decent tap of this at Duck Island Saloon in Seattle. On Nitro. Was pretty smooth, almost like a lighter, non-stout Guiness. Shouldn’t have had the black 11lth anniversary Stone earlier. Not much of a finish, but a really creamy, palatable body. mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2008
More thanks to BuckeyeBoy. Rich smooth nutty malts. Coffee and big cocoa. Like a big brown ale, but with a noticeable bitterness you wouldn’t expect from a brown ale. Just a little peppery, spicy hops crackling under the surface. Trademark Deschutes silk smooth palate with a dense chewy mouthfeel. I really think I’d have to call this a brown ale, which makes it the best member of the style I’ve ever had. Great job again by Deschutes. Very impressive brewery.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Rather spicy with a malty sweetness that is quite present yet restrained. Plenty of hops on the finish to balance it out. Not too bad.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquor. A very nice spiciness this beer has, a whole range of christmasy flavors. Smooth and mellow, with a warming finish. Malts are good, though body is perhaps a touch thin. Quite nice. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Poured a clear deep amber color with a beige head. Light notes of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Mildly sweet. The flavor was of roasted malt with a light spice on the finish. cloudskipper (17) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - JAN 3, 2008
2007 bottling. Dark brown in color. Caramelly in the flavor but with a hop bite. Very nice for a winter beer. One of my favorites of 2007. auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2007 Bottle - Dark brown colored pour with little to no head. Roasted malts, sweet molasses aroma. Piney, dry bitter finish. a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2007
One of my favorite Winter beers. Greaty balance in the hops malts and the wintery caramel that all good winter drinks should have. Cheers!