antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light brown beer with zippo head. Aroma of sweet malt and jelly toast. Really. Stawberry jam I think. Taste is sweet and mouthfeel is average. Does not taste very strong. Fruitiness, including strawberries, is present and no hop flavors detected. While I am not a hophead, there needs to be more in this beer. Not so much for flavor, just needs a little more balancing bitterness. Like Iíve said before, this brewery seems to make lighter bodied beers than is normal for each style.
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours brownish amber, slightly hazy, large frothy tannish colored head, very sticky lacing, with light carbonation.   Malty aroma, slightly sweet and biscuity.   Soft hop bitterness, amidst a grainy maltiness.   Mild overripened fruit flavor as well.   Nice body, but mediocre mouthfeel.   Finishes with a slightly syrupy sweet cloying feeling, if that makes sense.   A bit heavier than yer normal English Pale Ale, but not bad.
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This isnít a terrible interpretation of an English pale ale, though not "authentic" either. It pours dark red-brown with a decent lacing head, and the palate reflects the bottle carbonation versus the more flat profile of a cask pale ale. The aroma is moderately fruity, particularly strawberry, and some alcohol, amid a caramel-malt base. The flavor is somewhat different, being more murky with a carboard, alcohol, toasted malt fusion that doesnít sit particularly well. I had this side-by-side with the Mendocino Winter Ale (2004-05) and it just goes to show how different of beers you can find uner the "winter ale" category.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber red color with a medium sized off white head, low carbonation. Sweet bready, malty aroma with a touch of spices. Sweet malt with a nice bite in the finish of hops and spice, creamy and smooth body rounds this out quite nicely.
rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost a dark red. little spicy, yet very smooth. Proper for cold nights. A bit active after taste but nothing to scorn about. Big sky did it agian.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice sweet malty aroma, kind of spicy, pours dark red with thick foamy head, exceptionally smooth and creamy taste, very well balanced, rich and tasty, sweet and spicy, second best winter brew Iíve had this season. Winterbraun was a little better.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red with a tall off-white head. Citrus hops with some sweet undertoned malt, like melted caramel. Taste starts with a sweet caramel maltiness, a bit toasty and grainy, and ends with a smooth hopped bitterness that fades in and out very well. This brew finishes with a dry spice taste that brings out the bitterness quite a bit, leaving it seem a bit overwhelming, but maybe thats just me.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with a medium white head. Aroma is initially hoppy with some toasty and caramel like malt behind it. Slighlty fruity hops, moderatley sweet malts, notes of molasses. Fairly bitter finish. Not bad.
presario (4536) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin but creamy head on a reddish brown beverage. Have to breath deep to catch all the building malt scents. Very malty and creamy taste-wise and palate-wise. A touch of vanilla and similar in taste to some American Ambers.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby color, smallish head. Aroma: plum, cherries, some dark fruits. Medium body, lingering pleasant finish, slightly sweet, and very mellow. Normally, I like my winter ales to be on the spicier side, richer and toasted, and stronger. Weíll have to wait ítil Anchor Our Special comes in...not a bad beer here, though.