Bill Becker (1770) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017 chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma headed up with piney hops, some banana and apple fruitiness, honey and buttterscotch malts. Slighty minty, peppermint.
Toasted malts up front (similar to fat tire) in the flavor. Piney hops with spice backing (cinnamin, black pepper, mint). Finish is sweet and substantial.
Palate has a buttery texture. Some dryness that mellows in finish.
From Dec 2005
I had this on tap at the local Old Chicago:
Poured a nice reddish gold colour with a small head that dissipated before it even got to me.(Nitro-CO2mix)
The smell was hoppy and sort of fruity.
The taste was a mix of fruit and hops up front with more of the fruit in the middle and huge hop bitterness in the after taste that lingered like forever. The latter part of the drinking experience I liked muchly but....I've tasted better winter ales and since this is a draft only product, there's no need for me to seek it out.
That makes only 2 brews from New Belgium that I'm not really pleased with.(the other is the Loft)
Aggie80 (827) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2017
Nice winter style brew. The aroma is a balanced blend of malt, hops and a touch of spice. The hops provide a dry mouth feel that cleans the palate with a slight after taste. Ron (4180) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2017
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 (1343) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2017
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 (1787) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2017
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 (598) - - JAN 14, 2017
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 (1631) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2017
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 (1033) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2017
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 (5862) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2016
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 (241) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2016
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.