adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful clear, mahogany amber with a small beige head. Aroma of bitter grapefruit, tangy tangerine nectar and hops. Taste is bitter with a strong grapefruit presence. Very hoppy and tangy. One of the better ones from the Scratch series.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very hoppy winter warmer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Aggressive hops mix with some spicy yeast notes and lots of sweet, bready malts. A perfect sessionable brew for the winter.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty, light caramel nose. Sparkling reddish amber in color with very little head. Light caramel, some choco, amarillo tangerines and some cobwebs from the yeast. Medium bodied with some tangy fruit at the finish. I rather like it. Thanks to the crew at BOTW!
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a deep chestnut brown with deep amber notes and a medium bubbly off white head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, pecans, pine, caramel, grapefruit, molasses, toasted malt, honey and malty sweet notes. Flavor of brown sugar, molasses, honey, toasted malt, almonds, pine and grapefruit that lingers a bit on the tongue. This one is a little sweet yet earthy up front but then quickly goes dry with a bitterness that lingers.
egajdzis (6278) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear chestnut brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, toffee, toasted notes, nuts, and pine. Taste of caramel malts, nuts, tannic graininess, tobacco, pine, and some gritty yeast.
hopdog (12002) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orange color, almost brown, with a smaller sized of white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of earthiness, caramel, toffee, toasty, and somewhat nutty. Tastes of caramel, toffee, nutty, doughy, and pine. A little fruitiness in the tastes as well.
Sammy (11657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful little gift from Mike, in Buffalo. A style I do like, an old ale, this was a cross between that and a winter warmer and an ESB. Wonderfully tamed hops and barley, with a fruitiness. Marvellous drinkability.Pours dark fruity brown with a minor white head. Fruitiness in aroma. ABove average mouthfeel.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from brewery. Pours a clear, dark brown with amber hues. Average tan, frothy head with good retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is a faint, sweet maltiness. Flavor is a molasses kind of sweetness followed by a piney bitterness. Medium body. Dry, slightly warming finish. A perfect choice as I just finished shoveling snow.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dim for sending this want along. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass it produced a quickly lasting white head that trailed of to a ring of lace around the glass. The color of the body though is a beautiful maroon color
The aromas are interesting malty- citrus kind of strange for a winter warmer but interesting. The flavor is a bitter hoppiness the more I drink this I am thinking it is a winter IPA more than a traditional winter warmer. This brew is medium in the mouth not much carbonation.
I’d drink it again but not one of my favorite in the scratch series.
LilBeerDoctor (3840) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of toasted and sweet malts. Flavor is rather earthy and malty initially, with a salty, sort of like a hearty chicken soup, finish. An interesting beer but I didn’t get much hops from this.