(from best to worst)
Excellent, Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Above Average, Average, Below Average, Poor
|Gouden Carolus Noel
This winter seasonal is a strong (10.5% ABV) dark ale. The nose brings
spice, malts, sugar, candy, and alcohol. The alcohol dominates the taste
with a background of sweet dark fruit, molasses, and hints of peppery
spice. Caramelized malt takes over after mid-sip and leads to a finish that
brings raisins, dark cherries, licorice, and more alcohol. This may be a bit
too sweet, coy, and alcohol dominated for some but it's still worth a try.
Overall rating:- average
|Rogue Yellow Snow
This winter seasonal can be summed up in one word - hops!
Your nose is hit with lemons, grapefruit, and pine.
The taste brings more citrus fruits, blended nicely with seriously
bitter pine and grass. No underlying malt though a light
yeast/bread taste appears in mid-sip. The finish brings more dry
hops This IPA is a most welcome change from the typical winter brew.
Overall Rating - Outstanding!
|Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale
An American style pale, this beer pours a
red/copper hue. Hop flowery aroma with
lemon/grassy zest, pine, and hints of malt.
First taste brings pale malts, some sweet
caramel, citrus, pineapple, and light grassy
notes. The finish is crisp and sem-dry with a
light melon sweetness as balance to the
hops. Not as bold as the nose indicated,
but still a big step above the typical pale.
Overall rating - very good