argo0 (11353) - 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.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is orange/pine, secondary medium malt-caramel. Taste is orange/herbal hops, secondary medium malt-caramel.
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown pour, light brown head. Very spicy aroma, cinnamon and ginger are big players, licorice, molasses and some roasted malt. Flavor is sweet, body is pretty nice. I get a lot of cinnamon and clove, oranges, licorice, birch syrup and roasted malt. This is really damn good.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. mahogany body. orange, ginger and cinnamon all fairly obvious in the nose, with no room for much else. smells like wassail. chewy, sweet, oily approach. rich malt-driven body with medium-to-low carbonation gives it a bulbous chewiness throughout. plum, black cherry and caramel malt flavors with medium orange and mild ginger. mild to medium spiciness in the finish. chewy, sweet, spiced. that about describes it.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours clear amber with tan head. The aroma has a good deal of rich nearly vibrant winter spiciness and then heading into roasted malts and some spicy anise like black licorice. The taste is similar where I get spicy anise infused Christmas cookie and black strap molasses. Well behind those notes are echoes of malts and faint dark fruity esters. This is a darn tasty winter type brew
douglas88 (5841) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to Ibrew2or3, thanks Dave. Pours a deep amber/purple color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet spices, toffee and caramel. A nice flavor; rich berries, some dry yeast, lots of ginger, sweet spices but not overdone. Very dry and nice.
riversideAK (5595) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malts up front fruity notes light sweetness orange peel clove vanilla. Nice nose. Pours auburn with a nice head and creamy lace. Flavors of roasted malts vanilla orange peel light clove. Fruity sweetness balanced with dry roast and a decent hop presence. Good!
beerguy101 (5277) - 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.
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, 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.
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber. Aromas of malts/toffee/spice. Flavors of malts, caramel, spice, and a lightly bitter finish.