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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Winter comes early in Alaska, so we release Alaskan Winter Ale in October. The tender new growth of spruce trees has been used for brewing in Alaska since the late 1700s when explorers sailed the coast of Alaska looking for the Northwest Passage. Alaskan Brewing revives this tradition, adding spruce tips to its Alaskan Winter Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2004
Spruce tips? I expected something resinous, like retsina, but it certainly isn't that. Very odd pinkish amber colour, a bit like campari. The aroma certainly does have an herbaceous aspect, but its mainly sweet marshmallow and pear drops with a whiff of alcohol. There is a hint of something piney in the flavour but a soft jammy sweetness dominates. No hops in evidence at all, but an aromatic woody bitterness, reminiscent of angostura does appear in the finish. Overall, though, not enough grip and far too sickly for me. Not my cup of tea at all. An extra point for the novelty though. Mine was 6% bay the way. 355ml bottle (not bottled conditioned - best before 31 July 2004) from beersofeurope.co.uk

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2004
Bottled. Deep amber coloured beer with a smooth white head. Alcohol is prominent on the nose but doesn’t necessarily translate through to the flavour or palate. Rich sweet malts control this beer something along the lines of the Fullers Vintage ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Roasted nuts, vanilla, caramel, spices, fresh bread. This one had it all. great smell and flavor, and the mid level of alcohol made me feel warm inside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Clear amber color, disappearing head. Malty and nutty nose. Flavor is very malty with nut and spices tones. Mild and nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Piney, caramel aroma, quickly dissapating very small head, taste is somewhat spicey, with light hops, average feel on the palate, decent beer, but nothing more then a single.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Nice medium amber color. Thin head, light carbonation. Sweet, carmel, malty nose. Malty flavor with a slight hop bite. Aftertaste is interesting... sweet smokey finish, reminds me a bit of worcestershire sauce. This brewery always has the smoothest beers going down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6026) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Amber-orange-red, thin head; caramel-sugar aroma. Quite smooth, overly sugary sweet, but with a good malt base. Bit of a grape essence. Weird, but not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Smells like brown sugar, tastes like grapey-molasses with a bit of cloves. I haven't the faintest idea what this is supposed to be, but I'd drink it in winter. Or in Alaska. Or both. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DanielBrown (4147) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2004
Bottle from Safeway, Shirley, West Mids. Strong, spicy aroma - some raisins and marzipan. Looks pleasant enough - a toffee russet colour. Mild, rather bitter, but warming beer. A soft, grainy, bready taste, with some twangs of brandy and herbs. A pretty average beer for the most part, with some friskiness in the medium dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Warm red colour, with a custardy aroma. Tasted ginger and blackberries. A very interesting beer as a one off, but couldn’t drink more than one at a time

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