YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Tucquan:
4.18/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Had this on 2011-11-13 in Columbia, PA
This is my 500th review
A - Hazy chestnut with a 1-finger tan head into a nonic glass. Significant lacing.
S - Needs to be pretty warm to get the full aroma. Caramel malt and licorice, citrus, pine and a whiff of hard, chocolate candy.
T - Initally, the balance is good between the significant hops and the roasted malt sweetness. There's a festive spiciness to it, which reminds me of hard candy-coated licorice with a dab of chocolate. Then the citrus and pine begin to assert themselves and the acohol becomes noticeable. While the sweet, spiciness continues, the pine and citrus bitterness is more predominate on the finish.
M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Moderately syrupy in a good way.
O - Quite the interesting brew that sits on the bitter side of an Imperial Amber style. I like it but find myself thinking that if I want an Imperial Stout, I'll have that; or if I want an Imperial IPA, I'll have that. This sits between the two in a way I've not experienced before. Perhaps as I become more familiar with this style, I'll appreciate this brew even more.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2011 21:13:13 | More by Tucquan
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4.49/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: Pours with large, creamy top, big bubbles, off-white (light brown/mocha hue) head. Good, sticky, slow retention, leaves a thick, creamy top layer, good amount of lacing. Clear, dark, brown, bloody amber. Looks good.
Smell: Fruity, mostly citrus (dissected parts of grapefruit and tangerine) and pine. Caramel, toast, pale malt sweetness - godly combination with fruity hops, makes it a very juicy fresh. Also some floral and sea algae notes.
Taste: Dissected citrus (from the zest to the body of grapefruits and tangerines) go into lovely, smooth, medium sweet caramel, biscuit malt backbone (with very light toast, roast, burned sugar). Ends with clear medium bitterness, mostly grapefruit, zest and some pine. Also some malt backbone sweetness comes back into play at the end. The bitterness stays for a while in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, good smooth carbonation, very drinkable. Leaves a dry finish. Alcohol is nowhere to detect.
Overall: It's the balanced play with strong malty backbone and fruity hops that does it - brings out the fresh succulent flavor and feeling. Not too complex, but rich enough to enjoy throughout. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 21:51:11 | More by tmzl
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.