cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I couldn’t detect much aroma. Nice copper color. Spicey sweet malt flavor. Light body with a light head. Very good beer, but I don’t think I could drink more than a couple at one time.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle
Pours a clear dark orange with a limited head.
Aroma is piney hops and an unmistakable hint of spruce; the flavor is a good balance of warm toasted malt with fruity hops, accented by the spruce. Mouthfeel is good, finish is dry but not powerfully so.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Bottle, 2005 version. Pleasant hoppy spiced pine aromas. Good balance of malt and hops, spices and hints of spruce. Mouthfeel was light to medium, not a lot of warming, actually somewhat refreshing. A very nice enjoyable ale.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of spice and pine standout. Also noticed a cherry aroma as well. Dark amber/orange color body with tan small tan disipating head. Crisp bitter and spicy flavor at first. In the middle and end the bitterness subsides to a good malty spice warming flavor. Leaves a spice and malty aftertaste.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This 2005 version was a very light winter ale version. This winter warmer needs a bit more to be in this category. There is a good aroma of spruce and malt to this beer. There is also a strong flavor of alcohol whish is a good sign. The beer just tasted a bit light for this style. I liked it due to it did not take my head off on one beer like others in the style can and will do.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Dark copper color. It pours like a coke with a fizzy tan head that dies away instantly. Malty aroma with notes of roasted nuts, spice and woodshed. Tastes like a berry flavored beer with wild rice notes. There is a bit of hop bitterness. dry finish. .
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Naja’s. Poured a deep copper color. Very nice looking beer. The aroma was very fruity and sweet. Was not expecting that. The fruitiness (berry) comes out in the flavor as well. Was not sure what to expect from this brew and it surprised me for sure. Overall, a pretty decent beer, but I’ll try a different winter offering next time.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled@Port Solona: Aroma is sweet and lightly spice. Amber in color with a small off white head. Sweet malty start followed by some light bitterness and a little spice. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Clear reddish gold with a nice, little fluffy, cream-colored head. Aromas are hard to define - I didn’t pick up any apricot or nectarine like dhlesq, but perhaps my nose is off tonight. I do pick up on some spices of some sort. Taste the spruce and I am not sure if I like it. Fairly thin but creamy feel which is nice. Average carbonation and kind of a soft, soapy aftertaste. Too flowery for me.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of mild apricot or nectarine, warming to spruce or pine, over light sweet malt. Appears a clear copper-orange with almost no head and almost no noteable effervescence. Flavor is suprisingly full, with red berries over a light malty base, followed by hoppy bitterness mixed with spruce/pine astringency. Palate is medium to full-bodied and carries the flavors through nicely. Oversll, this beer is a puzzle, and it is quite a bit more than the sum of its parts.