sebletitje (10494) - 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. 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 (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011rougeau13 (3280) - 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 (16307) - 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 (11461) - 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 (2500) - 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. BK7 (805) - Turner, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Malty caramel with spice and dark fruit. Good carbonation. Light resiny pine bitterness throughout. Smooth finish with a touch of orange rinds. Tasty. b3shine (9279) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks douglas88). Looks good; a semi-transparent amber with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes sweet, malty, and hoppy with a touch of caramel and booziness. Good on the palate. Good beer! LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Dark amber pour with red highlights and a lasting light doe head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is light faded hops, caramel, brown sugar, some vanilla, with dark fruit throughout. Flavor is much more dark fruit dominant, with some aromatic malts coming through. Really wasn’t expecting the malt character out of this beer seeing the pour, but was pleasantly surprised. A bit of oxidized hops on the finish rounds things out nicely, without being too flat or papery. Nice beer.