JStax (6918) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2016
12 ounce can. The beer is a dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of cinnamon, anise, dark chocolate, and peppercorns. I like the level of sweetness to this beer. It actually complements the spice character. Bigger body and medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. I like this beer a lot more than I expected. Not much of a spiced beer fan, but this works well. robertov416 (2) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2016 does not count
I prefer lower IBU beers, so this does well for me. A complex taste that I didn’t appreciate at first. Many flavors to digest, it grew on me. I prefer porter/stout/milk-stouts, but I could survive on a steady diet of Thundersnow. weihenweizen (3890) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz aluminum can poured into a glass. Translucent medium brown with little head. Aroma is chocolate malt, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is chocolate malt and nuts. DialSquare (5068) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2016
12oz can from Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington: brown pour, thin frothy light tan head. aroma of christmas spice, vanilla, sweet malt, little bubblegum. tastes are chalky sweet cocoa, malt, more xmas spice, chocolate, toffee. medium slick palate. don’t catch a wiff of the booze. pretty solid stuff. Drjohnrock (805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Poured from 12 ounce can into Pacifico pint glass (talk about incongruity) at Leggy concert at Northside Tavern in Cincinnati on December 26, 2015. Pretty much opaque brown/ruby hue, good firm roasted malt aroma, good well balanced bittersweet taste with nice chocolate-like notes, spices and distilled liquor flavors prominent but not overdone. Very good brew.
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2015 Look - Dark brown with a red hue. It is slightly darker than Dr. Pepper. Head is thing and tan. Lacing does not stick around.
Smell - Ginger and Christmas spice. Chocolate.
Taste - A lot of spice. Coffee, light bourbon, and chocolate. Mint. Finishes with ginger and gingerbread.
Feel - Medium body. Carbonation does not explode as much as expected, good.
Overall - This beer is half the reason for my name sake. It may be May, but there is no reason you can’t enjoy some Thundersnow. Mad Tree!
I am doing a vertical with 12/24/2014 compared with a 10/23/2015 both enjoyed in Mad Elf tulip/snifters on 11/24/2015.
Look - The 2014 has a lot less head. Other than that both have a deep, dark reddish brown body. The head is tan with medium to thick bubbles. Both settle to a thin ring with not a lot of lacing.
Smell - Not much different on the two. Both have a coca cola taste. Chocolate, ginger, and Christmas spice. Neither more subdued than the other. As both warm the fudge really comes out.
Taste - The 2014 has a tobacco flavor. Spice, coffee, and chocolate. My review on this above show I was much more animated in the past.
Feel - Medium on both. Carbonation is lower on the 2014.
Overall - I keep forgetting this is such a good beer. It is the reason I liked MadTree in the first place. I worry after drinking beers like Pumpcan that the spice is going to be overpowering, but it isn’t. If I have ever had a complex beer, this is it. Yes, it is too complex, but it is a beer than newbies and old timers can enjoy. Barrel aged is even better. Can’t wait for that to be released again Brigadier (3700) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2015
12 ounce can
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2015
A name like this attached to an operation as reliable as Madtree meant this release followed me home without any regrets. Thankfully the contents were just as advertised. A slightly different twist on the average winter warmer leaves its own mark on the Midwestern brewing scene.
Aroma / Appearance - A ruby core glows with an inner red warmth. Creamy beige head protects the body from the air. Chestnuts, baker’s chocolate, and coffee tickle the nose with the smell of a strong high gravity winter warmer.
Flavor / Palate - A glassful of melted Tootsie Rolls refreshes the palate before creeping into the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Wintery spices sweep away any initial impressions. A full bodied nutty finish mixes flat cola and bitter spices. If this were my local I’d consider stocking a few in the fridge during the winter months.
This one is unique. Kind of boozey. This beer is a good pour. Nice head and good lacing. rondphoto (4468) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2015
can @ Party Source / Bellevue KY - Clear dark brown color with a beige head cover, wide strips of lace. Taste is caramel malt with light spices, especially cloves, that turns a little bitter on the swallow, moving to a medium finish. A thick, somewhat heavy brew; the flavor doesn’t really suggest 8.5% abv. Drinkable. RRistow12 (898) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours a dark ruby brown with tan head. Lots of lacing. Spicey aroma with some caramel and molasses. Taste is quite complex. Caramel, toffee, molasses, biscuits, cinnamon, vanilla, nutty, ginger flavors. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild bitterness. Overall a very good winter warmer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone