sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2009
courtesy of wasatch
pours light brown, frothy beige head.
Aroma is hoppy, caramel malts, with nice light roast.
Flavor, same as aroma, profile leans toward a good roasted malts, chocolate and some spices, grainy and bready mouthfeeel. Finish with light hops, some chocolate.
Tasty. TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Pours a near-impenetrable reddish-brown into a snifter. Decent amount of off-white head. Aroma of hops, hops, hops, and more hops. Little bit of pine and some floral sweetness. Considering the nose, I was expecting this to be a disappointingly over-hopped brew. Much to my joy, it had a decent amount of malty sweetness to balance it out. Medium carbonation that sits well in your mouth. Surprisingly drinkable with a pleasant sweet floral finish. Not too complex, but surprisingly fairly well balanced. Not too shabby. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2010
I am usually a little bit leery of "winterfest" beers. They’re usually a spcied up mess (I’m looking in your direction Harpoon) or a blandish amber (Sam Adams, now I’m glancing at you), and almost always too heavy. So this was pleasant surprise. Right off the bat, I got a nice hoppy aroma, with a bit of pine and resin, and some caramle in the background . First sip was crisp and drinkable, not too heavy. Nice mix of malty and woodsy, sticky hops, mixed in with a bit fo tat fruity notes. Not bad, and pretty tasty. Thanks to douglas88 for the trade! BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle from the UT state liquor store in Cedar City. Pours a dark brown colour with ruby highlights. Foamy, pillowy off-white head and some pretty sturdy looking lacing. Aroma is sweet, spicy hops up front and then some darker malt to finish; maybe some chocolate too. Pretty nice flavour with the sweeter hops balancing out most bitterness except right at the end when the grapefruit rind hits you. A hint of coffee and chocolate also in there. Really nice and more complex than expected. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle; poured a dark auburn/brown with a light brownish head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, earth, tobacco, leather and dark fruit. Flavorful; hops shine through with some caramel and fruity depth.
FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011rougeau13 (3014) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2011
This arrives from the tap with a creamy textured, amber tinged, tan colored half-finger thick head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, burnt amber color that shows a clear, ruby-amber hue when held up to the light. The up front aroma is dominated by herbal, citrusy hop notes and even some berry like notes. Specific notes of tangelo, ruby red grapefruit and a back drop of pine play nicely with subtler notes of biscuit-like maltiness and a solid cracker like character towards the finish. A nice appetizing aroma for any hop head, but there is a fair amount of malt character to this brew’s aroma too.
As the beer first hits my palate it tastes bitter, with a caramelized sweetness, a herbaceous quality and lots of fruity hop notes. The bitterness is present from start to lingering finish and there is also a herbal / menthol like hop character that is along for the ride as well. The beer has a medium body with some viscous heft to it through the middle of each sip, but the herbal / bitter hop character scrubs the palate clean of the residual malt in the finish. Flavors of buttery toffee and rich caramelized grain intermingle with fruit notes of tangelo, candied citrus zest, sweet-tart berry notes as well as some touches of hemp and pine needles too.
This is quite nice, I would be quite happy sipping a few pints of this over an afternoon / evening. The malt character is richer and darker leaning than the Sierra Nevada Celebration that inspired this brew, but it is definitely quite appropriate for a Winter beer.
Clear, dark, reddish-amber with a moderate cream colored head that laces nicely. Aroma of piney and herbal hops, nuts, hay and caramel. The taste is a malty, but not really sweet, backbone with a moderate bitterness throughout and a noticable alcohol presence at an abv that isn’t really that high. Medium bodied with a long bitter finish. Somewhat unrefined, but definitely a good beer. djd07 (14517) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Sampled at Texas Beerfest. Pours a clear amber with a small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a raisin malt and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with a swet raisin and light hop. Very easy to drink, very good American strong ale from Wasatch. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Tap at Freakin Frog in Vegas. Muddy brown pour with a foamy cream head. Vanilla and caramel aroma. Smooth palate. A bit of citrus hop comes through on taste. Delicious. troopie (2341) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark clear brown with thick lasting head and much lacing. Caramelly aroma. Good full flavour that gets better as the beer warms. Caramel, malt and some toffee.