carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
bitter flavor, lightly coffee noted, over a malt base more detectable on the nose. anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel spicy bitter finish. luttonm (6648) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Draft at PT Taproom. Amber-gold, small foam. Soapy aroma, butterscotch. Creamy sip, good alc warmth. Warm and fruity. Mulled wine hints. Amber malt, a little metallic. Alright. CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bomber. Pours a coppery amber color with a small amount of sudsy off-white head. In the nose, there’s hints of brown sugar, raisins, figs and cinnamon bread. The flavor starts out with lots of caramel, toffee, butterscotch and dried apricot notes supported by a toasted malt backbone. Just a tiny bit of a sweet citrus hops presence in the background. The body is adequately carbonated with a dry, sugary finish. In the end, it’s a little too sweet and one-dimensional. BillKismet (4103) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Majestic mahogoany body w. a full head and spicy aroma. The flavor was a dull blend of malts w. a mild, but pleasant hop touch. Surprised to see the high alcohol content, was masked well. Overall, standard winter fare.
DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 22-Dec-05 in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks André!) The nose is only lightly aromatic and the obvious floral character isn’t thrilling me in the least, but the faint, sweet caramel is reasonably pleasant, though not pleasant enough to get me excited about drinking the beer. Seemingly a winter warmer with Pacific Northwest influence, I must admit that I’m not crazy with the choice of hops. It’s coming across as really floral in flavor too, and the bitterness is a bit strong, bullying it’s way to prominence in the long, drawn-out finish. Not that this beer is exceedingly hoppy compared to what I’m used to on the west coast, but it’s out of balance according to my tastes. It’s just too damn floral! The sweet, caramely maltiness sets a nice base but is overshadowed by the perfumy fields of flowers, though the sweetness becomes unwelcome once I’m on the second pour. Alcohol isn’t well masked for only a 7.4% brew. Body is medium, with ample carbonation stimulating the palate and alcohol hinting its presence. Color is deep amber with significant haze. The first pour yielded a very small, off-white head, but the second pour from the bomber has the head reaching nearly half an inch. Retention is fair, with the head settling to an inconsistent, thin, filmy layer. Lacing consists of several small, but densely packed patches. Yeah, this beer is okay, but the imbalanced and floral nature of this brew is just killing my overall enjoyment. I definitely won’t seek this out again. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, crystal malts, and earthy hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, and a bitter citrus peel finish. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2008
From a 22oz. bottle--Poured a deep amber-chestnut body with a moderate white head. Sweet, bready fruity nose. Unbalanced sticky mildly infected presence. This beer needs some retooling. HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2008
22oz bottle shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and mabel - blankboy’s bottle? Murky deep orange pour with a huge fluffy beige long-lasting head. Aroma of dry spice, citrus zest, and light sweet malt. This bottle might have been a tad old - the taste had some dry lemon juice tartness that seemed somewhat out of place, but the main body was solid floral pungency over blood orange sweet juicy malt and crushed appleseed bitterness emerging in the finish. Thick bodied, lightly acidic (again, not really quite appropro?), soft mouthfeel, and also softly carbonated - nothing wrong other than maybe a bit of papery age to it. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Dark amber pour, with an off white head. Bready, caramel, herbal spiciness, and fairly sweet. Uninteresting and not that good.