jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2006
From a 12 oz. bottle with a blurb on the neck label and a notched best before date on the bottom of the front label, Mar.07.
Poured a clear amber with a frothy, rocky off-white head, good retention, small amount of laced sticking.
Aromas of pine and citrus, caramelized malts and a subtle toasted grain, and brief whiffs of woody alcohol.
Good carbonation and a crisp, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Pleasant ESB taste, the hops are more upfront than a lot of ESB’s, piney and citrus with a little tongue numbing bitterness, sweet caramelized malts, traces of toasted grain, even barer traces of butteriness, and little alcohol flavor towards the end and a dry hoppy, sweet malty finish.
Quaffable, easy drinkability, not a bad ESB, I guess it earns it’s Imperial title, hopped upped and higher ABV than most ESB’s.
brigg (704) - New York, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2014 (bottle) Cloudy copper body with small but lasting tan head that left great lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malt, slightly herbal/earthy. Moderately sweet, roasted malt; mild to moderate hop bitterness; well balanced. Some alcohol warms it up on the back. Medium- to full-bodied, sticky. Nothing really stands out and grabs your attention except that it is well balanced, quaffable, warm. Nice on a rainy winter night. Slight bump overall for drinkability.
(Initial rating: 12/18/06 = 9/4/8/3/16; re-rate: 12/6/14) cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with AxlLives - Pours a deep amber color with a two finger off white head. Nice lacing. Has a light malt aroma. Flavor has a nice balance of caramel malt and smooth hop bitterness. A smooth, medium body beer. Very easy to drink. Thanks Bryan. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
#966, Bottle, sampled at the Champaign Urbana Beer Club meeting in December of 2006. Light copper nose malty with a good hop kick. Taste is just about the same with malts towards the back but a good sence of hops. Very good. jefcon (1921) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Aromsa of English hops and crystal malt. Light in color, but with a nice glow to it. Good hop presence, long hoppy finish, but light on the palate. The caramels set this warmer apart, making it a bit sticky on the finish. Solid enough.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Brown/copper, decent lacing. Nose is rich malt, dark fruits, a good amount of hop. Flavor is malt, very little sweetness. More bitter than expected. A bit like what I imagine Southern TIer’s Old Man Winter would be like if they mashed wayyyyyyy too low. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Pours deep amber/copper, with a tan head. Aroma is hops, caramel, and malt. Flavors are caramel, hope, malt, alcohol, and fruit. Better than expected. vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Pours clear dark copper with a dark beige head that leads too good lacing. The aroma has heavy toasted caramel malt and spicy / piney hops that are very clean and smooth. Medium / full body. Flavor starts with deep toasted caramel malt that is rich and chewy, but not too sweet. There is some woodiness nestled in as well. The finish has more woody hops ans some spice. There is a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. A good winter warmer beer. fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2006
My first offering from Clipper City, I’ve been eyeing them for awhile now and never took the plunge until now. This winter offering pours a dark brown leaving a thick tan frothy head. the aroma is hoppy, caramel, sweet dark fruit. The taste is very hoppy, but balanced by a nice malt backbone that is highlight by a toffee sweetness that is followed by a definitive alcohal presence. I think this needs a bit more balance overall and the alcohal presence is far to great for only a 7.5% beer which can be overwhelming. Funknmilla (747) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
12oz bottle...2006...so the visual is over-concentrated iced tea...smells of strange spices(maybe too many)..delicate lacing...very mild creaminess with just to much imbalance, I notice this with all the cliper city brews that ive tried so far