beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazen deep ruby brownish color with a soft tannish head about a finger high that sits briefly, lace gets some spots sticking as it goes. Smell is inticing with a nice mingling of dark caramel malts and spicy/herbal hops that has a touch of pineyness to it and woodish notes. Taste is all together bland and characterless, lacks depth, richness, and above all taste. The front is upheld in some light mild maltyness and roasty tones, thin, with metallic notes, the hops come through in the finish which were nice and had some spicy hints and pine but had a watery taste that always seemed to keep getting in the way. Which didn't help the feel at all, very thin and watery. There's nothing warming or "assertively hopped" as it states about it. Its got hops, thats for sure, assertively? Nah...another look in the looking glass series they need to do with this one. Never Summer is never good. Average all the way, borderline boring.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
malts but mostly hops, slightly acidic in the nose. Dark brown, thin to medium head with cool white bubbles. Lots of malts in the taste but still good balance with hops. Hints of molasses and cream.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 The beer departs the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep garnet color with the head modest, creamy in texture and a nice light tan, as it slowly dissolves; the lace forms a tight sheet to conceal the glass. Malt dominated nose, just a hint of spice, fresh, clean and sweet with the start nicely malted and lightly sweet, top was a bit thin for my liking which detracts much, just not enough body,. Finish is well hopped, spicy and pleasing to the palate, very dry aftertaste and a drinkable brew, maybe just a tad above average, if it only had more body?
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a IPA hoppy aroma. Golden cherry red color. Definite hop bite but it overpowers much of the taste. The spices really don't shine through enough. Minimal malt chracter, still fairly full bodied. Not what I was excpecting in a winter brew. Just an assertive ale.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, coriander, some pine, light caramel. Taste is chocolate and grapefruit/earthy. Watery medium body. Nice flavorful and rather drinkable beer.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice reddish-brown body with an off-white, creamy head. Very visually appealing. Aroma is a mixture of spices. The taste was good but nothing impressive. A little sweet but not much. The finish was also a little sweet but not significantly. A decent winter brew.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice winter beer,good spices and a head tate nice head and a smooth tate with agod tectrure and a good bite cheers
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An enjoyable winter brew - yes, this is full of spices - all the typical ones that you'd expect, but it's also got a nice chocolatey malt, some sweet fruityness and a dry finish. A nice variety of flavors to keep you interested.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear, copper ale.
Very nice aroma... milk chocolate, vanilla, dates and Winter spices.
Well-balanced flavor. Nothing overpowering. Malty characteristics of a Scottish ale.
Fizzy mouthfeel with a short, crisp, astringent finish.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a crystal clear amber red with a small head and little lace. The aroma has sweetness and a good hop show. The flavor is malty and hoppy with a show of spices. Overall, it is simlar to many other winter seasonals.