DANEgerous (73) - Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An aroma of a typical ale with a very bright background of citrus and pine, it pours a pale and and very opaque orange, complex yet quickly fading flavor going from sweet orange and pine notes but over all lacking in balance and finish.
harrymel (820) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best by 14APR12
A: copper with a fleeting finger of white foam. This leaves a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Sweet, marzen style malts with a little bitterness to it.
T: Tastes like a Marzen oktoberfestbier with a hint of wood (spruce apparently). Nothing special.
M: Thin and smooth with light carb. Nice feel.
O: I seem to remember this being more satisfying in the past - must be my palate.
Serving type: bottle
Chadski4 (30) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasted, slightly alcoholic aroma with very little head retention or lacing. Distinct, pleasant flavor at the start that may become a little forced by the end of the bottle. Proper serving temp a must.
camborne (590) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt nose with a heavy brown sugar palate. Warm spices are a nice touch but overall It seems one dimensional.
brewbattles (30) - - DEC 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:
strap (364) - honolulu, Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light caramel pour with no head. Slight spruce aroma. Hints of brown sugar. Smooth and very quaffable. Light for a winter brew
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Smurf2055 (1066) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper, two finger white head.
Smell juicy fruity, citrus and red fruity rum cake.
Taste slightly rotten fruit, no hop resence to speak of
gkeh (44) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color. Malty notes. Mild sweet taste. The spruce seems to make a mild appearance. Ok beer.
tomciccateri (938) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12-oz bottle in Albuquerque. Medium body with a malty sweet flavor balance. Full mouthfeel. Even dry/sweet flavor balance. Minimal hops presents. Pretty subtle "spruce" character. Overall, a nice full winter beer though.
Cavie (3549) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange color with a foamy white head. Aroma is malty, light winter spices and tree leaves. Flavor is floral, sugary sweet, tree sap and more sugar on the finish. Wow this is incredibly sweet.
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hockeybeerguy (255) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruddy brown kinda clear and leaves the same color body yet there is a slightly amber look to it, thin white cap of a head dies immediately, carbonation is seen rising. the aroma has lotsa cherries, lightly "spruced" malts, the taste has sweet cherries up front, spruce comes back, super light malty aftertaste, somewhat of a dry finish, its fairly easy on the palate, nothing harsh, carbonation just right on the tongue and mouth with no inconsistencies, just all around good; I say this is a pretty good old ale that I would get again