Iphonephan (6988) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2017
From a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a thick ecru head. Aroma of toffee and tropical fruits. Flavors of pine and caramel. Moderately bitter finish. Tasty. rondphoto (4448) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2017
bottle @ Calandro’s / Baton Rouge LA --- enjoy by 03/01/17 --- Aroma of malt, hops, and light spice. Clear mahogany color, beige head that sinks to a full cover, sheets of lace. Taste is malt, medium carbonation, and a burst of medium hops. A good balance between the malt and hops. Simple, strong, to the point, good stuff. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Ruby red tinted brown pour. Very clear and crisp with a nice thick light tan head. Piny hop aroma. Hints of sweet citrus, Very dry bitter flavor. Some caramel malt. Very bitter finish with alcohol. Crisp, but a little heavy. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
From the bottle pours a clear, ruby-red colored body with a moderate, creamy, beige colored head. Tattered, ribbony sheets of delicate lacing line the glass. The nose shows like a hoppy red ale. The malt base shows caramel, toasted biscuit, and hints of cocoa. Substantial pine resin and orange peel hoppiness counters, balancing the aroma quite nicely. The flavor follows suit, aggressively hopped with resinous pine and sharp citrus rind, yet completely balanced by toasty, crystal malts and hints of milk chocolate. Mild winter spices lend an earthy overtone. Medium-plus on the palate, dry, and slightly alcoholic, this brew feels every bit its 7.1%, and then some. Pretty decent overall, this isn’t really anything to get excited about....although if I lived in Utah, this one might be a consistent wintertime go-to. Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Sampled at the bockyhorsey tasting courtesy of hellbilly I believe. Thanks! Pours a chestnut brown with minimal head. Aroma contains a double-IPA amount of citrus hops. Taste is very very hoppy with a nice complimenting of nutmeg/cinnamon/caramel. Very bitter/bubbly/spicy on the palate. A very interesting beer.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to Douglas88. Pours a nice mahogany with a nice tan head, great retention and lacing. Aromas of caramel, biscuits, light chocolate, and toasted malts. Flavors are sweet malts up front, with some spice, nutty flavors, and a nice hoppy finish. Decent beer, I could surely drink more of. Thanks again Douglas. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
12oz Bottle – Trade – Douglas88BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Aroma: Nice malt aroma with some hops.
Appearance: Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: has a good malt flavor this was well hopped and the alcohol was high and tasty.
Palate: Dry finish, with a good Mouthfeel.
Overall: A very nice brew and I would love to have more next winter. Thanks Doug.
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a tan head and a brown body. Aroma of raisins, chamomile tea and honey. Must have been a old bottle as there were not a large amount of hops...at all. Taste was sweet with caramel and a bit tea like. Medium bubbles. beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
botled. pours dark brown with large off white head. Smells of spruce and burnt caramel. Hoppy with flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with a piney/floral aftertaste. Decent beer. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
12oz bottle from, ironically, Wasatch.
Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shines through a deep, clear copper when held up to light. It’s got a big 3-inch beige head that shows excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma is very subdued and mainly sweet caramel malts mixed with floral pine hops. There are hints of orange peel in the nose as well.
The taste has a quick hop kick up front before the big sweetness of the caramel malts take over. The finish is hoppy with some pine needles and herbs, slightly dry.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and fairly prickly with the hops coming out surprisingly well.
I enjoyed this as a well-balanced winter brew with a surprising hop kick thrown in.