Bierdimpfe (640) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2017 BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper body with minimal head. Father John is malty and spicy on the nose. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. Nice caramel malt sweetness upfront with nice underlying spice before a touch of bitterness rounds this off. Nice einter beer.
Clear copper color with almost no activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly dark beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of cinnamon, dark grains, toffee, nutmeg, light walnuts, rye, herbal spices. Pleasant gingerbread feel, not overwhelming, quite sugary but ends with bitter Christmas spices (feels more than 18 IBU). Slick and milky medium to full body with soft crispy carbonation. Strong finish, candy like, burnt brown sugar and cinnamon bread, molasses, liquorice, vanilla, ginger, and leafy hops. Very nice taste, good balance, very festive but still enjoyable. Holds up very well, it’s smooth while bold and having decent freshness. Good accessibility. Though I wouldn’t drink this for all year long. Overall very good quality craft. UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 17, 2016
Appearance: clear medium amber with a thin beige head that retains poorly, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, cloves, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-low bitter, mild astringent. (6/10) Medium body tending thin, lively to moderate carbonation, nutty and astringent finish ending watery. (3/5)
The spice blend for this might be intended to be ?Christmas? or ?winter? but is in fact reminiscent of any number of typical pumpkin ales - which, I guess, isn?t necessarily a bad thing, but it?s not a particularly interesting thing. It definitely tastes as sweet as it smells, with relatively little little bitterness in the middle. The body tends thinnish, though, so the astringency in the finish tends to be a bit sharp. I think I?d like this more with a bit more body and a bit less spice. (12/20)