mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Bomber bottle. Pours red brown, clear with fair amount of persistent off white to khaki head. Nose is primarily bread malt, floral/pine hop and spice. Taste is biscuity and caramel malt, sour cherry and grapefruit and finishes with a medium bitter hop note. Fairly well balanced, body is not as full as i would have expected which i think is keeping me from rating this higher. JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark reddish brown pour, off-white head. Sweet malts, caramel, nuts, fruit, and a bit of herbal hops. Solid beer, but nothing special. nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bomber. Pours a medium reddish-brown color with a frothy two finger light beige head. The aroma is nice and spiced - I’m getting nutmeg and allspice - with roast, caramel, and maybe some fruity notes. The flavor has medium malt sweetness with caramel and roast, dark fruits, winter spices, and some hop bitterness. Medium-plus bodied with average carbonation. Pretty solid winter warmer overall Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #84. Dark amber with a light brown head. Light toasted aroma, nutty with a touch of sweetness. More toast in the flavor with a little bitter bite too it and pretty easy to drink, not bad. (1434) StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2010
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a dark brown color with a medium off-white head that has fair retention and ample sticky lacing. The aroma is mild with roasted malts and milk chocolate. The flavor, like the nose, has roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark biter chocolates and something vegetal. The palate was just a bit thinner than I would prefer. Finishes long with lingering roasted grains and biters. Overall: A lot of potential here, but it falls short.
VertBaconStrips (2422) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - NOV 22, 2010
On tap at the Portland airport. Too dark in here to distinguish the color but the thin cap stays forever and made a mess of my glass. Low profile aroma of roasty malts, dark fruit, bit of pepper, toastiness and maybe a cinnamon sweetness. Tastewise this is not that bad yet boring. Upfront non Xmas spices :) spices like a scotch ale, some medium roast, weak choc (if any), rye bread and German hops (which ones I don’t know). Crisp beer with a surprising lingering bitterness. BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
This is a nice beer. A rich, dark brown ale with a decent bitter finish. Toasted coffee, slight nutty aroma, faint citrus. I think I have found this year’s go-to winter seasonal. mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
This beer is super delicious. Underrated in my opinion. Ninkasi makes some malty beers but this one is their best malt bomb that I have tried. Flavor is verging on a malty Irish red ale like Moylans. I got to get another one of these. A real treat. marcus (10880) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Pours dark amber with a thick beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and molasses flavor with a dry finish. Pretty tasty. benjaminbier (45) - Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2010
What is a double alt? Twice as malty as a beer that’s meant to be maltier than the average German commerical lager? USA has no reference for alt - so what’s with the double? Comparable to a strong English brown, with an extra malt kick. Delicious, certainly. Bitter chocolates, roasted coffeeness, toasted malt high-note. Warm alcohol backdrop, symphony of toasted malt, lingering toastiness. Not alt like Altbier, but Alt like Alt-ernative. A NW brew with a name like alt-deutschland.