mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lovely pale-strawberry amber with minimal head & lacing. Lovely fresh bread aroma, sweet and lightly buttery, more reminiscent of an early spring evening than the depths of winter. Tastes delightfully bitter, the Goldings are definitely apparent and blend well with the other more citrus-like hops. Definite orange taste but lots of astringent malt and hop bitterness wash over like a bitter tea, never quite disappearing into the warming finish. Body is a tad thin but reasonable carbonation. This straddles a fine line between barleywine and ASA - I like it a lot! A surprise find at Six Mile in Victoria, B.C.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear golden color with small head and light lace. hoppy aroma, smooth finish with some hoppy minty taste.
Dogbrick (12753) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Pike Street location. This beer pours a clear orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates slowly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma with notes of malt and fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of toasted malt, honey and sweet spices, followed by mild hops and fruit. The finish is sweet and spiced with light hops and citrus aftertaste. Decent all around.
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, jerc, mabel and tupalev - bottle courtesy of J&K. Hazy amber, average off-white head. Sweet, mildly leafy aroma, lightly spicy. Sweet apricot malt balanced by very bitter floral hops (rosehips), a bit of a boozy sting to the tail. Light bodied, astringent with a long pungently bitter finish and linger - oddly floral, but I liked it a lot.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Jerc, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Mabel, courtesy of Jerc Mabel. Strong sweet caramel aroma. Medium orange, small white head. Great taste - lots of hops, really malty, some sort of very interesting fruit/fruitiness. Complex and interesting, it is not winter, but I can see why this would make a good winter warmer.
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of mabel. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with an average size diminishing white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sweetness and light floral hops. Flavour of caramel malt and a touch of fruit. Long bitter finish. Average bodied. Meh, nothing wrong with this but somewhat dull stuff.
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008-04-18. Dark amber body with small white head. Aroma of strange malt, slightly inappropriate notes I may be reading too much into. Pleasant hoppy bitterness up front, sweet lightly toasty malts in the middle, finish is sort of harsh with astringent bitterness. Average palate. Just can’t get into this one. Bottle from Karen’s Seattle Trip <P>"Who brought the bi curious?" - Blankboy<P>
"Who names their kid Candy?" - Tupalev (Five minutes after the fact)
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Dusky orange-brown color with a small tan head. Super sugary sweet caramel aroma with fruity and herbal hoppiness. Sharp floral hop note up front with a sweet and slightly spicy malt character. Light alefruit, caramel and toffee. Candied citrus hop flavors in the finish, with a lingering sweet and spicy component. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, somewhat chewy.
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel and crystal malt aroma with floral hops,
Flavor: rich sweet malt flavor, lots of caramel and crystal sweetness, touch of fruity character, light balancing earthyness, touch of spicyness, lasting bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden honeyed body with a small, white head.
Smell: Aroma of pale malts, honey candy, flowers, and herb chiffonade.
Taste: Toffee flavored maltiness with a brief candied sweetness. Full floral hoppiness with a nice bitter hit. Crisp fried herbs and light spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A solid beer. Something a little different for a winter seasonal.