shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good brew for a winter evening, with a nose of cherries, a hint of honey, and some lightly earthy notes. Pouring amber with a medium laced head and rinsing across the palate with flavors of dark fruits balanced with a slight honey sweetness, a floral hoppy finish and a warming alcohol blanket.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy aroma backed by caramelized sugar, dough, and fresh malts. Sweet flavor. Pretty drinkable. Your swill drinking brother might like this.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy garnet with a tain oily broken head. Nose is brown sugar, plums, and alcohol. Flavour features some piney hops and dark fruits. Mouth is watery. Uninventive and reminicent of something from the shiner breweries.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahagoney color with brownish hues and a tan head. The aroma is a mild caramel malt sweetness. Light - medium bodied. Not overwhelming but sweet toffee, caramel, and malt flavors. Lacking in any punch at the finish. However, a pleasant winter ale.
foyle (393) - Wyoming, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that slowly recedes with some lacing. Amber color with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: rich aroma of yeast rolls, pungent earthy hops, some caramel and raisins.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and a bit sticky with a pleasant finish.
Flavor: complex combination of bread dough, sweet caramel and toffee, fruity raisin, significant bitter earthy hops and with a slight astringent alcohol burn in the finish.
Overall: a pleasant sipper on a cold winter day and appropriate to the style.
brucebruce81 (389) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was really smooth it was not as heavy as I pictured a winter beer to be but it was still smooth
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I respect this ale because it’s essentially what it purports to be: a good beer to drink in the "Dog Days of Winter". Coming from Minnesota, it’s been near or below zero for the past few days. I find that, like Powder Hound’s description implies, it’s warming yet not so full bodied that it saps one’s energy. Color is a mix of gold and copper. Aroma is very malty and much like strawberry Turkish Taffy. Flavor is deep, dark malty and bready with a ample amount of hops showing through as well. Linger is surprisingly bitter-hoppy. This is a great winter beer.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A brown clear ale with an off white head. A caramel aroma and a touch sweet. The flavor is bitter up front with caramel and some nuttiness to follow. The bitter does linger a bit.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice mellower malty sweetness...not too apperant alchol ...very drinkable on a cool winter afternoon
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into a tasting glass.
Aroma: Sweet malts, and lots of spices! There’s definitely some ginger in this.
Appearance: Translucent yellow / orange.
Taste: Very nice, full of spice and a slight citrusy kiss.
Palate: Nice body, longer-than-short finish.
Overall: Had this beer at a tasting, and more than a few people weren’t too crazy about it. I really liked it though; it has a really nice spiciness that I enjoyed a lot.