kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium amber pour with cream-colored head. Aroma is rather faint - some spruce, caramel and fruit. Taste is quite sweet, lots of fruit and some light spruce. Virtually no bitterness or hop notes in this. Iím not a huge fan of real sweet brews, but this one is quite good.
maxwelldeux (2722) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Nose is fairly strong, with quite a bit of dark fruit in there and what is almost some christmas tree notes. Taste is a little sweet, and definitely has some dark fig in there. Odd. Not what I expected from a winter ale...
harrymel (901) - 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 (31) - 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 (48) - 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 (3553) - 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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