beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
A bit light for my idea of a seasonal. At least for most of the country, weather wise. Woodsy aroma. Some spice notes linger in the taste. Some grain taste in there too. scooterbub (1067) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear red brown with a thin quarter inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of hops, roasted malt, caramel, citrus, pine, resin and some smoke. Similar aroma. Has a dry and bitter finish that is a little smoky. Has decent body that is on the thin and slick side. Easy to drink and good to have on a cold day. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Almost black mahogany, light beige head. Slightly dank nose, toasty, piney, a little citrus. Toasty caramel start, becomes a bit dank and herbal in the middle, finishes with citrus zest and piney bitterness. A little low on roastiness for me to consider this a black IPA, but still darn tasty. RedSox2004 (1897) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Dark dark red, really just black, with a one-finger tan head and nice lacing. Bright piney hop aromas with spruce tips to give it a holiday feel. Flavors are a bit more subdued, with plenty of bitter hops and solid caramel and roasted malt notes. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel, and a clean crisp hop finish. rader58 (908) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark cola brown. Aroma of pine, molasses, dried cherries, floral, citrus. Flavor is grass, spruce, pine,molasses, toasted grain, with a touch of coffee. Slightly dry and bitter in the finish.
downender (8660) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle from the Strawberry Street vineyard, Richmond. Mahogany with a big, off-white head. Hoppy aroma, with a touch of caramel. Flavour had some sweetish, grainy malts, toffee and a big, dry finish. Unusual. bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours opaque brown with a light tan head, looks like a stout or porter, actually. Aroma is totally different though, all on the hops. Lots of grassy, piney hops. Flavor is the same, all hops at first, but then it gives way to a roasted malt undertone that hangs on beneath the hops through the medium finish. Palate is excellent, nice and thick without being harsh or overcarbonated. A nice hybrid between IPA and porter. kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours dark brown with light tan foamy head, decent lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of nutty sweet roasted malt and citrus/piney hops, with the hoppiness being predominant. Taste is rather the opposite with caramel malts leading the way and not enough hops coming through. The aroma is deceiving on this one. Overall, it’s a drinkable balanced brew - but I’d prefer the balance to tip more to the hoppy side for the style. theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Aroma is heavy pineapple sweet citrus malt. Appearance is almost black with a hint of red. Medium tan head. Taste is sweet pineapple citrus floral hops forward closely followed by a very mild roast. Palate is medium with some floral hop aromas lingering. Overall a nice beer. Hops are enjoyable. That said, the malt is lacking complexity for the style and for a winter warmer IMO. edraz (12) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Had this from a bottle at home. What a great surprise this was. Appearance was dark brown and aroma was light to medium hop. Just enough to please the happy beet lover in all of us.