hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
a bomber shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours a very dark red color, almost brown, and raised a big bubbled tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Nose of dark roasted caramel malts, with citrus and floral hops. Full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is dark roasted malt, with some hop bitterness, and some hints of dark ripe fruit. The finish shows hop bitterness and some chocolate. Strykzone (7800) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle from Hayduke. We enjoyed it together via facebook chat. It poured mostly clear dark brown and had a nice beige head. Sticky lacing remained on the glass. The aroma was rich roasted malt and grain and those both translated to the flavor. My first sip brought more bitterness than expected. It seems to be fairly well hopped but the only notes are from bitterness. Late that bitterness seemed to be harsh. I am not sure this is a winter warmer and is certainly not a holiday ale. However, it is tasty, interesting, and enjoyable, even on a hot summer evening. Sledutah (7978) - Utah, USA - APR 10, 2012
22oz bottle from Bevmo nearbeer (5668) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, nutty and caramel
Taste: Roasty, nutty, caramel and semi-sweet finish
A nice beer for a cold winter night.
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 22 oz. Clear mahogany with a lasting film of crunchy foam. Aromas of caramel banana, ash, and a hint of smoke. Taste is cola and caramel. Long finish has some light char. Light-medium body is sweetish, watery, and has average carbonation. OK american attempt at an alt, and gave some extra points for trying.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Enjoyed this one. Pours deep brown with a small head on it. Drinks really nicely with huge malts. Smooth and warm.
Thisis12ptfont (1234) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Dark chocolate and oatmeal malts with slight coffee on the nose. Pours brownish black with a nearly non-existant foam top. Coffee-like malts up front with a warming presence of alcohol on the finish. Pleasant carbonation and a thin, crisp feel on the palate. Overall, a very pleasant, warming winter brew with lots of delicious malt without tasting too syrupy/thick. A rating. chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2012
bottle. dark and smooth. not heavy at all. pretty complex flavors. hints of chocolate roasted malts and a tinge of hop bitterness. one of my favorite winter brews. Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Lighter and less complex than many winter ales. Pleasant enough, but not memorable. improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 22oz bomber bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium lingering tan head. A bit of toasted malts in the aroma, along with candied fruits. The flavor is dominated by those toasted malts, it’s smooth and creamy with a slight alcohol bite in the finish. Not bad, very drinkable. taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2012
I’ve decided alts aren’t my favorite (leans too much to the malt side), but trying to be fair here. Brown with a good head. Lots of smooth soft, toasted malt flavor - reminds me a bit of dark bread. Finish is gentle - not much hop bitterness.