jgb9348 (6194) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Crisp deep amber coloured body with a touch of a copper glow at the bottom, with a thick, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts and a touch of earth - nothing unexpected at all for the style. Medium-bodied; Assertive flavour of metal, earthy malt, astringent and slightly resiny hops, deep alcohol and a touch of pit fruit sweetness. Aftertaste shows the alcohol warmth really coming through with a touch of hops and a lot of metallic notes and bitterness really deep on the palate. Overall, a strong and pungent beer that I really wasn’t expecting. The flavours don’t work so well and leave the mouth very bittered mostly from the metal, but a touch from the hops. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Manassas, Virginia on 19-January-2012 sampled at home in Washington on 09-February-2012. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2012
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours amber with a thick, cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel and sweet malts, some grains, and some spiciness from the strong hops. Flavor about the same, more interesting than most red ales. Average texture. A decent beer. adnielsen (10605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle @ home. Deep red/brown appearance with a lasting, tan head. Big piney, grapefruity hoppy, toasty malty aroma that’s quite nice. Toasty, sweet caramel malty flavor with a huge grapefruity, organic, mildly piney hoppy flavor. Excellent brew! This is a winner. Keep it around, Widmer folks. Blairgus (4535) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
5 feb 2012, bottle. For a winter ale it is heavy on the grapefruit hops and light on the dark malt. Med body and a bit fizzy. grapefruit sweetness is dominant but not aggressive. Nice but not what I was expecting.
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(12 oz into pint glass) Poured a deep amber/red with a one finger head that had very little retention, but a strong lacing on the glass. The nose is heavy on the hops with a slight hint of citrus and spice. Given the brewer’s description of "not quite excessively hopped", I would hate to see a hoppy beer of theirs, since this was very bitter and hoppy for my tastes. Don’t get me wrong, this was great, just not what I am used to in a winter seasonal. There was very little that was sweet, but rather a heavy hand on the hops with a hint of the warming spice and alcohol. Overall, this was an excellent beer, just a little out of the box for a winter warmer.
bubbleflubber (2211) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2012
On draught at Carmel’s in Asheville. Pours a nut brown into the glass, with a wispy eggshell head that leaves soapy lace. The nose is woody and floral. Flavors of lemon, citrus, sweet malt, piney hops... Yum. The finish is a crisp bitter pine that cuts appropriately, lingering appropriately. Medium-bodied with substance, and an easy quaff. Quite surprised with this Widmer offering. Nice. cards04 (2784) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
Pours a dark maple syrup color with a cloud like white head. Very hoppy first smell, citrus and pine needles. Very hoppy first taste...but some sweetness on the finish...almost caramel like. Silky smooth. Very nice beer. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2012
12 oz. bottle from QFC. Has a lovely, vibrant amber color. The head is relatively fluffy, and staying so. Quite the fruity hop aroma! Touches of caramel malt are hitting my nostrils. The taste of caramel malt is covering my mouth, and it’s pretty good. Fruit flavor backs this all up. Not very bitter, but there is a tinge of bitterness in the background. A little on the dry side, but a very solid amber, indeed.. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2012
16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
chicowv (478) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Appearance: Served up a clear, reddish-amber body with a slim, near white head. Light lacing on the descent.
Smell: Steely resins, crystal malts, some modest notes of toasted bread and grains given a good shake, a good toss with an additional hint of fruit and alcohol.
Taste: Amply sweet crystal maltiness with some toast, some graininess, and a hint of light-colored brown sugar. Moderate sweetness overall. Resiny hops, some pithy-accented citrus and fair degree of bitterness. Tiny flourish of berry. Finishes bittersweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess within.
Overall: Reminded me a bit like a long-lost, equally illegitimate second cousin to Stone’s Arrogant Bastard.
12 oz bottle: Straight out of the bottle at a party. Aroma is mellow but has some nice malty and a small amount of seasonal spice to it. Taste is smooth and malty, kind of like a spicy oktoberfest. Easy to drink and not too spicy, good offering.