TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Bubble gum-caramel malt aroma. Starts fruity, tart, and winey. Finishes dry and slightly bitter with some toasted flavors. Wonderful hazy deep orange color. No head at all. I agree with user_ex as it is on the spritzy side. But hey, hats off to these guys for making a unique, enjoyable winter beer.
HammerHead99 (12) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I wait for this beer every year. This winter beer has a nice spicy taste and goes down well like all the Anderson Valley line of beers. You gotta watch out for the alc content though. I got some chilling in the fridge as we speak. I think Iíll go get it now.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ratebeer.com doesnít seem to have the proper category for this one. Itís not íSpice/Herb/Vegetableí; itís íCream Sodaí. Really. It tastes just like cream soda. Itís even really tightly carbonated, so it fizzes like cream soda. I mean, not to say it wasnít enjoyable, but if I wanted cream soda, Iíd probably have cream soda.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is spicy and pleasingly balanced. Nice kick without being punishing.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 29, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great winter brew.
nice and dark. aroma of caramel and butterscotch.
initial tsate is sweet and gives the impression of a lot of alcohol. however the hops kick in later and this mellows out nicely to a very smooth beverage.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 29, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity (pear or apple?) aroma with a creamy shiny head. Caramel, coffee flavor well balanced with a slight hop taste. Did not notice any hop bitterness until I drank the second half of the beer after eating a scoop of ice cream which dulled my sweet receptors. Smooth delicious beer.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winter brews are fast growing on me. Nice presentation, dark cararmel/copper in color, somewhat of a light fruit taste appears with a slight hop finish. I enjoyed this. Nice ABV kick start and although I donít like to use an overused term, it is smooth. Thanks to Joe (user_experience) for sending this my way.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When drinking this, I made a mental note that I should rate it in the high 3ís. Itís the type of beer I would expect to be pretty popular with beer drinkers. Solid flavor, nicely hopped. It says above this is seasonal and I had this from the tap, so I guess I had this yearís version.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A strictly top-shelf winter ale. Malt profile is strongly redolent of pie-crust, as well as caramel and apples. At 6.7%, it goes down oh-so smooth. This one is unique, and a true must-try for serious beer fans.