robertjm (772) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is being bottled in Portland, Oregon now so maybe that’s why I was able to get it in late September. Anyways, at first I wasn’t sure if I like it, but after it warmed up for a minute (open) the flavor profile started to improve. If there are any special spices in there, they don’t come out. Frankly, some of the winter beers out there are over spiced. The head could have lasted a little longer, but there was a tad bit of foam there. Nice amberish color. I would buy this again. NO! Make that, I WILL buy this again.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color, medium head. A medium bodied brown ale, spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Slightly sweet malts, slight orange taste. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
PorterPounder (5471) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bit of a funky aroma upon pouring. a little too sweet for my liking - but I’m sure if it was winter in Montana I would want something chewy like this.
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bright orangey-brown; malty, demerara-like flavours, some toffee but overall a rather light effort for a winter ale. Other than some fleeting tosaty chocolate notes there is nothing to balance the sweetness, either, which doesn’t help matters.
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 This wasn't too bad but it was a little rough. I would rather drink Big Sky's Moose Drool anyday.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear deep copper with a thin but solid tightly packed light tan head. Steady carbonation. Deep caramel, toffee aroma with some light wet cardboard. Light roastedness as well. Medium body. Decent burnt caramel maltiness. Dry, metallic edge. Lightly hopped (earthy). Initial malt flavor is there when you sip, then it fades into a ’badly burnt walnut’ aftertaste. Head remains solid, as does the carbonation. Body thickens slightly as it sits and warms but...this isn’t clicking. Not bad for an English Pale Ale but this is a very weak winter effort, especially coming from Montana.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber-orange colour, nice malt depth at first with a bitter finish. A heady winter ale.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-Rate 01/09/02: Deep brown color, the head medium brown, and fair lace. Nose is malt, slightly sweet, the start is sweet, the middle a bit thin, but the hops win the day in the finish, with moderate carbonation. Not a great beer, quite quaffable, although I think it could be a bit heartier.
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper in color; Thick to medium head with nice staying power; Light yeasty aroma. Good malt presence to start. Sweetness hard to come by. Similar to Young’s Winter Warmer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2001
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very thin on the palate for a winter, lacking any real creaminess or decent fizziness. Some reasonable malts, but can certainly overly taste the alcohol in this one, which is surprising considering it’s got a reasonably low ABV. The OK malt and hops can’t balance out its bad texture, though.