Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
This beer deserves better than a 60 rating. Mahogany in color with thin white head. Nose of malts and mild spices. Flavor profiles lends to toasted and semi-sweet malts and a nice hop counterbalance. Decent. DCLawyer (2914) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle->mini kolsch. Copper/brown with moderate lite tan head. A: malt, caramel, spice, brown sugar. T: caramel malt, nuts, earthy hops. Bittersweet. Decent. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2014
12oz bottle. Clear copper body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some bread, light spicy, toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light bread, spicy. Light-medium body, light stickiness. alobar (3915) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a dark copper color with minimal head. Aroma of plums, spice, and hops. Plums and toasted malt flavor with a slight hop bite at the back end. Overall, a very nice beer. NikkTwist (3345) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Slightly hazy dark copper pour. Minimal head. Nice complicated dark plums. Nice spicy finish. Recommend above other Winter Ales.
radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle into Altbier’ish glass, hazy brown’ish amber color with very light tan head. Aroma of bready malt, caramel, light chocolate, herbal and some fruity yeast. Taste adds notes of brown sugar, milk chocolate, toast, a nuttiness and earthy hop bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, sticky with sweet bitter finish. Very tasty altbier. DiarmaidBHK (5919) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle from Total wine Alexandria. Pours dark brown with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Has a bit of caramel maltiness the nose. Decent caramel on the tongue. Eh! ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a half finger head that dissipates immediately. Aroma of sweet bready malt upfront. A fruity yeast aroma a little deeper. Hints of caramel and maple syrup. Taste is sweet and malty, with fruity esters, a hint of hops, and a slightly bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: Nice crisp beer. Lots of malt nicely balanced by the hops. Dark copper like a dirty penny Not really the best style for winter. It was more transitional to me. Like Summer into Fall or Winter into Spring.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, dark copper with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel, biscuit, toasted and nutty malts; light floral, perfumy and spicy hops; and some fruitiness. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with an average duration. There was toasted malts, hints of caramel, sharp herbal and earthy hops, floral and perfumy hops, a little biscuit, a little fruit, and yeast bread. The medium body was sort of creamy then dry with very tingly carbonation and a metallic finish. pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Thanks to Bert for sending this awesome bottle from Maryland. I loved this. It’s everything an IPA is without all the oil. I’m new to the style but here goes. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a decent head that fell fast to a thin film on top and a small ring. Good lace. Nose is heavenly with malt. It’s bread, it’s caramel, it’s deep and round with a sweetness that takes a backseat in the nicest way. The hops are herbal and pungent, earthy and offer just a hint of lemon. Dark fruits whisper from the nose as it warms but they never fully evince and it’s restrained. The taste is toast and breaddy malt with a nice fullness from the understated sweetness. The hops are bitter on the tip of the tongue but it’s like they hold it back until the finish and then they realize a full bitter without a lot of oil and without a lot of resin. Carbonation is medium and the body is deft and light.
I could compare this to an IPA or to a red ale. Positively enjoyable with plenty of toast but nothing burnt. The malt is outstanding and lasting throughout the drink. The balance is excellent and the hops hold their own without becoming fruity. It’s creamy but also strong and stately. What a treat.