whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Greatest of all the winter ales!
Better each year. Only wish I could get it here in TN. Would love to try the barrel-aged
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Aroma: alcohol, smoke, soy sauce
Appearance: orange-red color, clear, minimal head,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
Overall: great beer, would recommend SanfordBrewer (1591) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Lucent mahogany, thick dense tan head, creamy full body, medium but soft carbonation.agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Aroma: sweet roasted malt, earthy hops, bready yeast, with hints of alcohol and candied fruit.
Taste: loads of chocolaty roasted malt, burnt sugar, with some leafy hops and hints of charred grain and alcohol warmth in the finish.
Very drinkable and balanced, but complex and hefty. Great texture - it sounds weird, but i want to say flannel or velveteen rather than silky or velvety - like it’s soft and smooth but not slippery. I would love to clone this and add just a hint of rauch malt. And the wood-aged versions, if not too oaky, must be amazing.
Aroma - heavy fruit, caramel;
Appearance - deep mahogany, almost completely opaque, thick creamy head, very nice lacing;
Taste - sweet malt front, caramel, fruit, roasted back, long warm finish;
Palate - mild crispness, excellent body;
Overall - a top winter warmer, truly in a league of its own. wildcatIPA (4) - Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2011 does not count
2011 edition is excellent. poors a fine head, but the aroma is absolutely entincing. the malts are complex and full - i look forward to cellaring this for a few years to see how it develops.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2005
Wow! What an awesome winter-warmer! This brew is big and sticky, presents a really good looking head and pours a brilliant dark wood color. The alcohol in this brew is present but not overwhelming. This brew has a nice roasted toffee and candy flavor. There is a decent hop kick as well. I can’t wait for winter to come again! I love this beer! Swarzbeer (43) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
Bottled, redbrown beer, very fantastic caramell aroma, caramell-hop taste, very special,good special strong taste jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 Draft at Jerry’s. Red-amber with good, creamy, orange-beige head / Sweet, toasty, nose of brown sugar, dark fruit, and biscuit / Medium to full body, sweet and malty, chewy, with excellent hop balance on the long, sweet and lightly bitter finish / Flavor of raisins, dates, smoke, oak, brown sugar, and tobacco / Just great. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.83
Aroma: caramel, syrup and roasted malts. Some pepper, spice, and citrus.
Visuals: Beautiful packaging, recently redesigned cohesive brand from Great Divide. It does the beer within the bottles justice. The ruby mahogany body is deep and contemplative. hard to see through, but clear rather than hazy. Thin tan head is long lasting, lace is intricate and shows this brew’s freshness.
Taste: Well balanced flavor starts with roasted malt, follows with a rush of crispness from carbonation, and finishes long with a dark roasty deliciousness. Sugar overtones, followed quickly by a light sourness. Easily drinkable. Alcohol is quiet and well hidden.
Palate: Smooth, crisp, drying, and long fantastic finish add up to a wonderful session brew, despite the high ABV, so beware!
Overall: A beautiful, enticing, delicious beer, affordable, from a great brewer, and entices the senses. I’ll have it again, for sure.
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I poured from a bottle to a pint glass. It gives a nice little foam and the color is a good brown. You can smell the nice mix of malts combined with the hint of hops. You can taste the malty character of the beer with the alcohol kick at the end. Definately a mainstay in my fridge during the winter.