flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear orange color with a white head. Strong corn and malt aroma. Sweet, spicy, malty corn flavor with a bitter hops aftertaste. Fairly thick feel. This gets better as it warms, but not a great winter brew.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very clear orange/gold color with a small (quickly dissipating) white head. The aroma just hinted at pine, but gave a full-on corn character. The flavor was dominated by this ultra sweet corn tone with some hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Moderately thick feel.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Alaskan brewing company is very sub-par. This is just another average beer. The spices are just out of whack. Someone else compared this to syrup and that is very accurate. The beer has a light-mouth feel and there is a nice malt flavor. Try some other great winters and leave this on the shelf.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I bought this because the guy at my local beer store said it was the best of all he tried.
He said the Descheutes winter that I had in my basket was "garbage". I bought both.
The Descheutes is much better than this.
This is too sugary sweet. The malt almost tastes like it has honey in it. Kind of like simple syrup.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2011 Amber-copper with a thinnish head. Sweet and chewy malt base. Nice and spicy hops, but not over done. Has a malt liquor flavor. Mead-like, in a way, too. Decently balanced and fairly drinkable. Cozy.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Medium amber color with little head. Aroma of cheap imitation maple syrup, grape nuts and little else. Perhaps a little pine/spruce, but that may just be the power of suggestion. Flavor is a bit treacly with some dough aspects and mild hop flavor. Finishes sticky. A disappointing winter brew from a fine brewery that is capable of better.
JFGrind (1777) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoyed this seasonal while watching the sun set over Lake Tahoe. Spruce trees where not only in my view but in my beer. Spruce flavor added to this hearty winter ale, and gave it an almost Belgian "yeasty" aftertaste. Maybe I was too caught up in the view of Tahoe from the 11th floor of Harvey's Casino because I felt this beer had the flavor of a six story tall spruce. If you see this winter ale it's worth a try.
Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok another winter brew hits the Reidrover pint glass..
Nice cool blue label on the 12 oz brown stubbie brewed with Spruce tips..
Nice looking beer in the glass..clear amber with a nice sized off white foamy head..that goes but leaves nice lacing.
Thearoma though is rather subdued..I do detect some malts and what maybe spruce..but at least its fresh.
MM nice creamy malty taste dominated the taste at first..then a short hop bitter kick followed on the back of the tongue and the throat with some pine flavour ( the spruce no doubt) lingers nice.
Very smooth on the palte then a great after taste.
Good and different winter ale,quite drinkable..good Spruce ale..not quite as good as Siletz Spruce Ale..but good none the less
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reminds me of Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice. Piney, sprucey flavor. Not much head on it, amber colored, fairly tasty but nothing spectacular.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Draught at The White Horse, Parson's Green, London] Dark amber coloured. It has some Belgian yeastiness in the aroma. Strong malty flavour. Sweet finish. Too carbonated.