badgerben (5372) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Dark red color with a medium head. Solid aroma of malt, caramel, biscuit and toasted grains. Slightly metallic taste right away. Strong biscuit character. Moderate malt. onceblind (10861) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Clear orange with bubbly ivory head. Smells of smoky nuts, cough medicine, and cheese. Taste is much the same, and unappealing. Some sweetness on the finish, but not enough to save this brew. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Odell Brewing Company--Isolation Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Clear light copper red color. Light floral spicy Winter Ale front. Crisp easy body with flavorful toasted thin mildly earthy dry malt. Fairly hoppy and spicy. Ends malty with few hops. Light lace. Sampled 1/4/2000.
Odell Brewing Company--Isolation Ale--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 45 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Arctic Liquor Beer of the Month Club Selection November, 2005. Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin amber red color. Toasted Winter spice hop front. Creamy sweet earthy toasted caramel nutmeg fruit body. Malt hop spice ESB bitter crusty end. Smooth. Sampled 12/8/2005. rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
This is one of the better all malt winter warmers that I have enjoyed. Malty, roasty, toasty, and drinkable... FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Best by Date February 12th, 2010; Sampled February 7th, 2010
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2010
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces almost four-fingers of lightly amber tinged, tan colored froth. The beer is a red-amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fruity hops and toasty grain up front. There is a touch of bergamont, some light pine notes, some sweet-tea like crystal malt, big biscuit like malt character and a somewhat subtle, but somehow also distinct note of ripe berries.
A fullish body sticks to the palate with a caramelized grain sweetness that lingers long into the finish. Crystal malt and hops mix to form a berry like fruitiness that is lightly accented by citrus. The finish sees a biscuit driven maltiness play a big role, but the sweetness still is noticeable too. This definitely has a rich maltiness to it, perhaps a bit too crystal malt focused, but it certainly works as a winter seasonal. This is still quite quaffable, though it is certainly rich enough to be a hearty beer to drink a couple pints of in front of the fire.
Not bad, actually even enjoyable, this fits as a winter beer that definitely taken inspiration from imported, hoppy, English Winter ales.
Hazy amber-brown with a soft, fuzzy off-white head. Lacing is decent after the head collapses. The aroma is almost non-existent, just a few wafts of bready malt. Flavor is quite good even without the nose joining in, with a heavy presence of bread and biscuit malt, very few fruit esters and little hop presence. Not sure this is a winter warmer with 6% ABV and no spices, but it is a nice malty brew. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. It’s sweet and malty with light toffee notes and a hint of grain. Medium bodied and smooth. hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Poured a glowing orange color with a very large, off white head. Some what of a wheat beer smell. Slightly bitter malt taste with extremely subtle hints of chocolate. Medium body, somewhat flat carbonation, and a long finish. Very simple, drinkable beer. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Brown/amber pour. Big offwhite head. Aroma is toffee and light hops. Flavor has some caramel, hops and cardboard. Finishes weak. Not so memorable. Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Nice reddish color with a soft carbonated head. Pine, earthy sharp fruit notes in the aroma. Plethora of flavors, dark fruits, malty, spices almost like eating a fruit cake but better. Soft and dry but somewhat creamy. Finishes tangy and dry with a liitle hop bite. give me more.