egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a thin, off white head. Aroma of butterscotch, cherry, strawberries, grapes, and smoke. Taste started sweet, grapes being dominant, light alcohol, and a smokey finish. Interesting, and a nice change.
argo0 (12119) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(labeled as Bitter Root Winter Ale) Clear copper body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, grape, butterscotch, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/butterscotch, peach, grape, some grapefruit, earthy, light smoke. Medium-full body, somewhat sticky. Good stuff, nice variety of flavors going on.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied strong ale. Malts are nutty, fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are mildly spicy. Very smooth. Bottle aging has appeared to improve this beer greatly. There is a nice complexity going on here as well. It’s very smooth, and has a nice sweet molasses, chocolate malty flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
musty spicey mildly malty aroma. dark, pretty stout looking. chocolatey, very syrupy, lot of maple and molasses.
kyzr (1154) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Could be the best beer that Bitter Root does. Very nice pour out of the bottle. Decent head, with nice sweet malt up front. Hops are there, and it finishes with a strong alcohol taste. Like Kaya said, will be even better in March.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Celebrator-type, deep brown colour. Kind of syrupy and harsh. It could use some time in the cellar, but still not too bad. Alcoholic/hoppy aroma. Sweet and malty to start with molasses and then some bitter hops before a very warming finish. It definitely needs to mellow and blend a bit. It’s too harsh when young.