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.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with nice head and decent lacing for the style. The aroma is very light with a musty hop presence to it. The flavor was pretty assertive compared to the aroma, large hop presence with a citrus/pine finish. The finish lasted a little too long though, made the mouth feel slightly dirty. This wasn't that great of an EPA and an even worse winter ale.
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 I’ve said before, this brewery seems to make lighter bodied beers than is normal for each style.
legion242 (2332) - 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.
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sweet undertones, some malt, bit thin for the style. spice - some spruce? maybe vanilla? bready flavors. lightly hopped. not bad - but I like my winter beers a bit more robust.
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.
marcus (7438) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This amber ale poured with a modest off-white head. The initial taste was fairly sweet and malty, with a slightly acidic finish. This was a satisfying, but unremarkable beer.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. Bottle. Can notice alcohol and a fairly stong sweet fruit aroma. Amber body with off white head. The flavor had a sugar candy and sweet fruit flavor with an alcohol warming effect. If you like sweet beer this may be for you.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a copper color with a decent off-white head. Malty caramel aroma, slightly weak, nothing to get excited about. Decent sweetness and a light bitterness to finish.
BOLTZ7555 (2958) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eh, just not that good!!! Sampled at the AZ Strong Beer Festival...but wish I would have used the ticket elsewhere. Thin, mild-mannered, and weak...kind of like the kid you used to pick on when you were younger!!! This beer had toffee, caramel, raisin, and brown sugar notes. Even "after a day on the ice or in the snow", I wouldn’t enjoy a Powder Hound Winter Ale. Maybe the taste dissipates in the sun???