hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I love the fall and winter for their seasonal beers. This brew is a fine example. Pours a clear orange/amber with a fine white head. Aroma is complex with notes of pine, sweet bread, and spices. Delicious beer. Hoppy up front with a touch of pine. Mellows to a smooth finish with touches of malt and sweetness. The finish has a bite of pepper. Another fine brew from a great brewer.
Ron (3812) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2017
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. It pours a clear amber color with a slight off white head. Light nose with a hint of malt and grain. Light florals as it warms. The flavor is mostly caramel and malt. Don’t get much hop wise. Easy to drink.
Strangebrewer (1260) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2017
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. Poured clear amber-orange with nice lacing. Aroma of hops both spicy and citrusy. Medium body, creamy carbonation, buttery mouthfeel. Malty base, sweet and spicy, notes of toffee, pepper, citrus peel, herbal hops. I nice balanced brew, the higher alcohol is well hidden.
raymow (1529) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2017
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled - expected this to be a dark beer (stout or porter) for some reason. Just found out it’s an ESB. That makes more sense. Nice amber color. Typical ESB flavor but with a spicy malty flavor.
Larry_Duffman (487) - - JAN 14, 2017
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours amber with a nice head and lacing. The aroma is hops and fruit. The taste is hops, dark fruit, and caramel. This was better than expected.
Lowe1983 (1566) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2017
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy, amber color with a white head. Aroma is mostly malty with a hint of citrus hops. Flavor is mostly the malts with some earthy tones and spices as well. Hint of the citrus hops on the finish.
Dacrza (921) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2017
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
DATE: January 5, 2016... OCCASION: returning from a cold night at LVR, the mood is right for a winter warmer... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip pokal... a swirling storm of small bubbles rush through the glass and create a dense snow pack of white, clumpy head... body itself is copper and clear--appreciable at a distance... immediate peppercorn, earthy seed, melon, resin, vanilla, and toasted malts--enticing and warming, with a kick of attitude... a flowery earthiness also joins the fray, as does toffee... buttery, slightly oily, and active at the tongue--hops are present, but this medium-bodied beer doesn’t really rest any one specific place... a mild finish that exits without much fanfare... no insult, but not a standout in this regard... toffee, caramel; light flower, pepper, spicy herbs, a bit of lemon, and maybe some honey--enough to set up shop and sip for study or slam with abandon... as the glass drains, serious snow smears down its side... I see this not as not on par with other NB work, but a relatively high ceiling has done this to me... solid, especially as part of a winter mix, and the second and third bottles will not go to waste...serviceable, but not in the upper echelon of winter beers...
DiarmaidBHK (4455) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler at New Belgium Asheville. Pours light brown with a white head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Nice floral notes on the tongue. Nice hop flavor on the tongue with some solid malt going on. Finished clean. Nice example of style.
StoutBeerReviews (114) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, bread, earthy, leaves, clove, sorta bounces around all over the place. pretty unique overall, cant quite figure it out tho. sort of a chalky mouth feel too. not sweet but not bitter.
Mep3222 (1405) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bready malty base with a bit of hop balance. Some slight spice, and an almost lagerish hop funk. Has a good amount of body and overall a descent winter beer, but the lagerish funk hops get to me the more I drink.
Nephilium (1772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright citrus notes and caramel through the aroma, pours a clear amber with no head. Slightly sweet caramel notes, with some biscuit mixed in as well. Earthy hops, with very little bitterness. A solid and drinkable winter ale.