Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2015
16 oz draft- Pours mostly clear reddish amber with minimal head. Aroma is malt, caramel, generic but appealing. Taste is caramel malt, very bready with an alcoholic bite. Quality, could be a bit less boozy. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2006
From dhrjericho - purchased at Huckleberrys, South Hill, Spokane. Pours medium amber brown with red hues. Aromas of piney hops, faint berries. Flavors of hops, rich malts, and a touch of raspberry. Medium body, lightly creamy with nice bitter finish. BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours out a hazy brown with some amber topped with a white head. A great malty aroma and a light spice on this one. Tast of hops and more of the thick malts. Not a bad winter brew. vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Got on tap at the brewery. Aroma is citrus and fruity. It has a rich dark amber color. Starts with citrus flavors giving way to a hoppy finish. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2010
22. Pours a crystal clear medium brown with toffee colored edges. Loose, slightly creamy grayish head. Very bready nose, like fresh baked brown bread with some molasses in it. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel, brown bread, biscuit, and toast on the mid palate, with a mild piney finish. Never would have guessed anyone would call this an IPA, but it’s tasty.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
The pour is a deep amber color with a moderate, creamy, off-white head which settles to a thin frothy layer and leaves similar lace rings. The nose is pleasant with some candy-like malts, dried apricot, toasty, spicy and resinous hops. The flavor is similar with more resinous hops, still spicy, dried fruit all over, toasted caramel, and subtle earth notes. The palate is lively, less than medium, and velvety. The finish is mostly bitter with dried fruit, lots of resinous and spicy hops, and a toasty finish. A different winter warmer than I usually go for but this was interesting. The candy and dried fruit notes are something I am only used to seeing in much stronger beers (IIPA, BW, etc.), but the malts lacked depth to balance. The beer seemed a bit hollow despite the nice flavors. Decent. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/9/2013. 22 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with high levels of haziness. The head is a somewhat fluffy one finger light caramel color. Good texturing, retention, and lacing in general.
S: The well-hopped nature comes out immediately - there seem to be a lot of Centennial hops in this one, as the grapefruit peel and piny qualities make themselves known somewhat strongly. After a slight period of warming up, caramel, marzipan, toffee, and delicate winter spicing pop up. An enjoyable aroma that harkens back to Arrogant Bastard.
T: It’s hoppy, but pleasantly so. Definitely a pine-forward hop profile, but the hops also seem to bring forth a slight nuttiness forward, as well. It will take a couple sips, but some very subtle spicing (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe even some vanilla) enters the back end nicely. The general balance of flavors is the trump card here - it could have been overhopped, but it skirts the line between winter warmer and IPA nicely. Once it warms up, it becomes sweeter and less hoppy.
M: It’s a bit tingly and sharp, likely due to both the malt backbone and the carbonation. The flavors linger strongly on the finish and aftertaste, leaving both a lot of bittersweet syrupiness and slight hop oils. Feel wise, it does a good job of fulfilling the premise of a typical winter warmer.
O: I know I compared this to Arrogant Bastard in the aroma synopsis - but with the nuttiness, the piny hops, and the subtle spice esters, this bears a passing resemblance to Stone’s ubiquitous strong ale, albeit with a bit more balance and craftsmanship. I wouldn’t necessarily seek it out, but I’m nonetheless enjoying this one very well. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2013
Small off-white head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some pine, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel, light cherry. Medium body, some resin, light acidity. Quite hoppy, which really isn’t a characteristic of a winter warmer. Tasty though. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bomber. A sweet malty aroma, but not heavy. Deep copper color, clear, event head. Medium body, a little syrupy, but in line with style. Overall a god choice ACHops (1582) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
22 oz bomber from Full Throttle Bottles. Pours bright clear reddish orange amber with medium thick cream colored head that laces well. Aroma is sweet oaky caramel malt with floral hops at the back. Taste is thickly coating sweet caramel malt with sharply bitter earthy hops. Bitterness fades quickly and finishes clean. More malt and hops than your standard winter warmer, though somehow lacking in balance. Still a quality beer, No-Li continues to impress.