jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2007
Bottle from Shadey. Nice brew. A nice, nutty, malty barley wine-style. Beautiful, ruby red appearance. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2007
12oz - Aroma is dark malts, incense, peet moss and spice. Pours transparent black-red with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is smokey, dark malts, black pepper and caramel. Palate is sticky. Interesting. MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
April 18, 2007; 12 oz. bottled sampled in a Trappist glass. I enjoy American Strong Ales, because you know that you’re usually in for an interesting (and sometimes bumpy) ride. No exception here. Quite-dark amber pour; little head or lacing. "Stouty" & spicy aroma with notes of overripe apples and citrus fruit. Sticky sweet & candyish without being cloying. Puckering hops (with the signature Southern Tier profile), spices and vague alcohol burn keep everything in balance and linger long on the palate. Nothing tame about this; a rather "extreme" winter sport. Wasn’t blown away by this rather challenging brew, but would be more than willing to give it another go next Winter. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
12oz bottle shared courtesy of zrrbrrt. I debated on rating this as I had it right after a couple of big beers that rated pretty damn high, but I will and will give this one the benefit of doubt. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, and toasted malts. Tastes of citrus, hearbal ’ice tea’, pine and caramel. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2007
Pours a clear bronzy woody amber with a grayish filmy head and some thin lacing. Aroma is initially light roasted malts, lots of medium toasty munich, some malt sweetness, and an earthy slightly herrbal hop character, some citrus and light mango as it warms. Light chocolate and roast, earth and dust, slight metalic hints, and some citrus and flowery hop flavor- mild hop bitterness. Smooth and flavorful. Good winter warmer. Perfect for a cold Easter Night.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
12oz bottle, no date from 46er3498, thanks Tom! Pours a clear orangish brown with a 1/2 finger beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee, nuts, and piney hops. Flavor has some spicy piney hops that are stronger than the aroma and do a decent job of fighting for dominance with the caramel toffee and nuts, but malts win in the end. Bitterness peaks at maybe a 4 (out of 10). Medium body with creamy slightly prickly carbonation. Nice. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Deep maroonish brown color. Spicy, malty somewhat hoppy. Good winter brew
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
12oz. bottle - pours clear copper, dark and reddish, with a very thing white head. Aroma is spicy hops up front, against a rich malt background. Flavour comprised of piney hops, with some notes of oranges, caramel malt, some breadiness towards the finish, which also hits you with spice that lingers a long time in the mouth. I love that. Mouthfeel is thick and robustly syrupy, which I really like on a beer like this. A great winter warmer. VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
12 oz bottle - pours clear dark copper, with a thin bubbly white head that leaves elegant lacing. West coast pney/citrusy hop aroma, but not over the top - neatly balanced with a good dose of malt. Flavour of earthy hops and fairly bitter too, with some orange peel and hot pepper. Medium bitter finish. A fine warming winter ale. Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
This is surprising. At first the hop taste is strong, but the finish you get a jolt of spice at the end that lingers.