Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2017 philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. Bottle Purchased @ Chuck’s 85th Hop Shop in Seattle, Washington for $5.59 + Tax. "Fresh Tracks of Epic in your Mouth". Thin mild lace light tan head. Cloudy opaque Brown color. Light loose sediment. Soft roast touch of hop mild front. Medium light textured soft cocoa spice mild sweet mild yeast brown ale body. Lingering spicy mildly hot dry end. Interesting take on a Winter Ale.
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark brown color with a finger’s worth of off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Sly stringy lace.
The aroma had some roasty nuts, caramel and toffee malts and some resinous/piney hops. Really nice blend.
The flavor combines the bitter to the sweet pretty nice. Nicely done hoppy to malty aftertaste with a concurrent finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Smooth carbonation feels good. ABV felt right too.
Overall, nicely done American brown ale that I could come back to if it was in my distro. Thanks Frank. fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
Draught at the brewpubTheydon_Bois (20460) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Dark mahogany color, almost black, with creamy brownish head. A dark beer, bold but quite dry; it manages to convey both the roasty quality of the dark malts and the resiny quality of the hops. Similar to the CDA, but with an additional notch with the malt.
Keg at Harmon Taproom, 07/11/14.
Dark chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is light charr, tangy red berry fruit, pine, dusty hop covering.
Taste comprises dank hops, earthy roast, light charr, spice, more red berry licks.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Drinkable CDA, ticks the boxes, touch more spice at the curtain call. Ferris (16296) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Draft - Roast and pine. Deep cloudy brown with a decent white head. Roast and some pine. Nice and balanced black IPA. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle. Ruby brown color with a wispy tan head. Roasty, nutty, chocolate aromas. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Nice roasty malt, chocolate, pale malt flavors with some hoppy bitterness to finish___classic Pacific Northwest winter ale--very tasty
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Not sure how this could’ve been a brown. Nose is earthy and herbal hops toasted nutty notes toffee and a little fruity. Pours darker amber brown. Lasting head. Flavors of earthy herbal hops toasted nuts toffee some danky notes decent dry lasting.bitterness. nice hop presence. Good winter beer. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle:   Super deep caramel, beige head, frothy, nice lacing.   Strong earthy cocoa notes, a bit shrubby and woodsy, slight biscuit.   Soft biscuit, pine, nuttiness up front, backside is a malty cocoa with a bitter finish.   Seems somewhat smooth up front, becomes slightly rough on the backside.   Seems bright and a little brash.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Piny finish, cocoa and biscuit linger.   Reminds me of an English Strong crossed with an American Strong.   Decent Winter offering.   Just wished we had the snow to go along with this one. CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
Sampled at EskimoDave’s houseparty. Very strong bitterness in the nose. Highly gritty bitter coffee and chalky vanilla. I actually agree with Jeff from Vancouver Island Brewing that this is good for not being a typical Winter Spiced. The hops and deepness is somewhat like Hopworks Abominable. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Dark brown in color, hazy with a thin tan head. Nice malt and deep rich flavors. Nice hops backing this was a crisp easy drinking winter ale. Some spices come through and make for a nice brew. Emericuh (3) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2012 does not count
22oz bomber. Pours a medium, near cola brown. Carbonation was very light, though I would not consider this a problem, given the crispness. Aroma is piney and faintly spicy.
The primary problem with this beer is that it is dreadfully unbalanced, with the grassy hop flavour completely overwhelming any maltiness or dark fruit one would expect in a winter ale. Mouth feel was clean and light, but taste was akin to bug spray.