RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Deep amber pour with a red tinge. Aromas of sweet malts - toffee, caramel, some spicy hops. Sweet malt base, some fruit, spicy bitter finish. Tasty. DuffMan (10776) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle, shared at game night. Dark brown, orange-amber highlights. Thick toffee malts, soft citrus and resin hop character with moderate bitterness. Nice flavours and good balance. reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
650ml bomber pours an amber color with a generous white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is herbs and pine with some caramel. Taste is a herbal and pine hop bitterness that slightly dominates the caramel malty sweetness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a great tasting brew, but not getting the traditional winter spices for the style. fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouverpatricks110 (2800) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Cloudy amber color with compact head. Strong Amber Ale, with caramel backbone and solid hopping; it’s moderately sweet, it has bold bitterness, some hop resins, and a pleasant final alcohol warmth. The aroma is too mild, the malt is not really expressive, the hops are aggressive but not elegant.
Bold brew. I would drink it with food, but as standalone it may get boring.
A pretty good brew. Pours a golden brown with a thick,frothy head. The nose is boasting big resinous hops with floral and spicy notes. TOffee, caramel and toasted hazelnuts. A bit sweet but smooth and rich with moderate bitterness. Great malt to hop balance.
Arthree (50) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Big bottle from Sherbrooke. Pours a clear, brown/amber with about a finger of fine beige foam that quickly dissipates into a ring around the edge of the glass. Smell is light, citrusy, and a bit soapy. Flavour is hop-forward, refreshing, and initially sweet and soapy with some nutty, caramel notes. Quickly changes to a bright, grapefruity, resinous middle. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Somewhere between an american strong ale and APA. Whatever malty characters they intended are basically lost under the hoppiness. Not a bad beer, but nothing special. It might appeal more to someone looking for a light, hoppy session ale. liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2014
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, woody, and nutty, with hints of fall spices, toffee, and resin. Taste/Palate: sweet and crisp; finishes bitter and slightly astringent. Maltiness did a great job of balancing out the fall spices, but didn’t quite cover the bittering hops. Amazing beer regardless. julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Poured from a 22. Color is a dark, red amber. Aroma is sweet and floral. Flavor is piney with a subtle spice to it. After taste is long and bitter. It takes over. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2014
22 picked up at the COOP but seen it around town at most of the usual haunts.. Pours a very deep red.. pretty clear.. light khaki head.. Smells like dark toast and malt extract stewed in water.. A bit of grassy/earthy hoppiness helps... Flavor is really weird to me, tastes like malt extract water .. Tons of toasty maltiness/melanoidin malt(?) without enough hop bitterness or (especially) hop flavor to balance.. Not a fan..
I could have been much worse on this one.. but perhaps my taster is broken tonight.. But I don’t think so. chinchill (5397) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2014
22 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Cloudy brown-amber body with a weak head.
Aroma: toffee; dark bread; bisquits; plums; mixed spices.
Flavor: complex and dynamic, with a sweet start and a moderate load of hops kicking in mid-taste, adding mild bitterness and nice herbal and floral notes.
O: distinct, interesting and yummy: Recommended.