goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 Pours reddish brown, nice tan head with good lacing. Aroma is quite nice - vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel in there. Flavor is heavy on the vanilla and butterscotch, and cloyingly sweet. Probably not something I would try again.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was very dissapointed with this beer. Promising aroma, fruit, some spice. Flavour is flat out bland and boring. Kudos on the name though.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice red color with a light head. A roasty caramel, vanilla, yeast, and butterscotch(?) aroma. Caramel nad alcohol come out in the taste as do some dried peach flavors. An interesting beer (for a seasonal). Will try again.
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage. Its like a dream in a pint glass. Reddish amber color, nice head. gingerbread and citrusy flavors throughout, and an assertive but not overbearing hop presence.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 Bottle of the 2002 vintage. A cherry brown color with an orange-white head. The aroma has cherry, vanilla, and caramel. Vanilla dominates the flavor. Re-Rate December 2002 from a Tap at the Tornodo. A sticky candy cherry flavor that left an aftertaste like cough medicine.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This winter beer defies easy categorization. While it is royal amber in color with an impressive cream head, it is enigmatically seasoned, giving it rather odd aroma and flavor. The aroma in fact is of a tangerine hopping with the aromatic appearance of a pine sol like sanitizing agent. The tangerine/nectarine tangy hop flavor is also difficult to identify. A sweet, floral, fruity winter warmer that also has some malt characteristics, as well as alcohol content, that is similar to an english strong ale. I would not want to drink more than one or two of these in succession--quite unbalanced.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2002, not pleased with this one. It has a nice spicey aroma, it just doesn’t carry over to the palate. I found the palate to be somewhat weak, and flavorless. Just give me more!
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
i’m convinced that most of these wimpy non-dememo winter ales are just leftover oktoberfests-- now dubbed ’ales’ (like napolean calling himself emperor), aged a bit more and spurred to new life with additional fermentation and the frumpery of some nebulous ’spices’ to conceal their lack of character and to offer the most banal blandishment to holiday marketing. it’s really about as creative as green beer for st. patrick’s day: same shit, different color. anderson is a good brewer, and this one is just slightly better than average among the host of this year’s forgetable ’winter warmers’. that would make it roughly as exciting as a five percent discount on your next purchase of glad sandwich bags. when you pour it, you’ll notice a slightly more carmelized shade of fawn than what is typical for an oktoberfest--opps, i mean ’seasonal ale’. like an old hippie commune, this beer functions without what you’d call a real head. ’ale brewed with natural flavor’ the label says innocently enough. here in america though, we know ’natural flavor’ could be anything from dog turds to strontium 90. but anyone can detect here the perfumy vanilla of a candle shop, plus caramel sauce for ice cream, and --if there’s ANY dog turd, it would only be a smallish nougat of yorkshire terrier poopette from a lightly scented litter box. sweet malts and mead, minimal bitterness approximates orange tea. fun to tease, but, okay, overall a decent beer.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a dark amber color and a spice smell. Taste is smooth and has a slightly roasted taste and finishes smooth with a funny aftertaste. Overall this is a good beer that I would rate higher if it were not for the odd aftertaste.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Bottle of 2002.
This beer rocks.
The nose is all about allspice, gingerbread, cinnamon and butter. Notes of cherry cola.
This crystal clear, deep amber beer has a medium-sized, fizzy, off-white head. Decent lacing.
The flavor is spicey and slightly sweet and sour. Black pepper, coriander and toasted grain. Perfectly balanced regarding the malt and hops. Very rich and hearty overall.
Fizzy carbonation. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Medium-length, spicey, grassy, dry finish. Great Winter warmer, as always.