Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 23, 2014 philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Chuck’s 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle, WA for $7.59 + Tax. Thin fizzy light tan head with minimal tan lace hints. Fizz hazed cloudy hint dull opaque black color. No ruby edges and sightly brown shade. Cool Label. Rich roasted cinnamon all spice mild hop not overpowering front. Richly spiced yet balanced cinnamon all spice clove, hint of oak and orange medium tight textured mildly sweet dry roasted crisp dark Winter Ale body. Smooth mild hop mellow spice somewhat cloying off end due to addition of part of loosened big sediment pellicle. Nice body like a richer Anchor Our Special Ale until sediment dulls the end. Good dark Winter Spice Ale, just be careful decanting the end. (3.75 / 5.0) 32 IBU’s.
Though I’m having this in the Summer, hey, cheers, I’ve had this fresh and here’s the rest of my take on this:
This was poured into a pint glass (winter warmer, let’s not overdo what is meant to be for this brew).
The appearance was a fairly semi-dark to settling orange to brown color with a one finger white to off-white foamy head dissipating within a fair light lacing stringing itself all around the glass.
The smell had a decent cinnamon to clove-like spiciness to allow a fairly decent sweet chocolate sweetness (Belgian-like to me, but that’s okay, I don’t mind).
The taste was sweet and spicy and winter-inviting: light orange/tangerine sort of flavoring here and there.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it.
Overall, hmmmm......good winter warmer, just hoping to see this coming winter. I’d down it again to indulge my tastebuds. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Hazy brick red pour with a tan head. The aroma and flavor of this beer is way off. I get some toffee and some light dark fruit notes but there is also a strong rotten dark fruit character as well as some tartness which I assume is a sign of infection. Yuck. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of spoiled fruit, cinnamon, oak, and toasted grain. Flavor of infected sourness, caramel, roasted malt, and spices. blutt59 (6565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
bottle, thanks to mora2000, dark amber color with no foam, aroma is spiced oak and malt, flavor of cinnamon spice, fruitcake, sour, bready Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sampled at the Alaskan Barleywine festival. Notes of chocolate, spicy, cinnamon. The mouth feel is a bit thin.
Sledutah (7724) - Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine festival 2013 MikeJslc (778) - USA - JAN 19, 2013
Appearance: Cloudy amber with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma and flavors of toasted malts, spices, oak with a dry finish
Deep brown, clear. Malty, dark bread and spice, some light astringency. Not bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2013
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a one finger light tan head that reduces in a minute or so. Aroma is cinnamon, clove is noticeable, oak, maybe some wine notes, very unique, and tart, this is odd, interesting actually, not your average winter warmer. The taste is cinnamon and tart again, weird, I like it, but weird. Body is medium, carbonation is medium high. Overall this is a hard one, I like that they changed it up, not sure if the tartness is supposed to be there or it’s an off note. No masterpiece, but I did enjoy it. ACHops (1594) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap @ Uber. Pours thick reddish dark brown with thin head that laces well. Aroma is sweet and lightly spiced oaky malt. Taste is big smooth dark caramel malt, medium bitterness with no real hop flavor, and strong oaky finish. Clove and heavy allspice notes linger. I get what they’re going for here, and it’s close, but this would be much better if they eased up a bit on the spices and notched up the hops. Maybe a little more (or less?) time with the oak chips, as that flavor is kinda harsh too. CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bomber. Pours a dark brownish burgundy color with a half-inch of tan foam and lacing around the glass. Aroma is a mix of holiday spices, orange peel and mulled wine. The taste is mostly cinnamon, clove and allspice upfront followed by notes of red wine, oak and ginger. The hops and malt flavors are barely detectable. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated while the finish delivers more holiday spices along with some mild astringency. Much like their Pumpkin Spice beer, it’s a little one-dimensional.