antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky dark amber color with a thin but lasting cream head. Malty smell with a little hop spiciness present, not too exciting. Sweet malt with earthy,herbal hop flavor at the finish. Didn't notice any roasted malt flavors. Feels good in the mouth, not too thin. Decent winter ale, not much bitterness, but I like it that way this time of year.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Is listed here as an English Strong Ale. Doesn't taste like such to me. Aroma is of a cheap pale lager, such as one made with adjuncts (corn especially). Color is a nice deep auburn. It's slightly hazy. The label says bottle conditioned, but either it should be filtered or it should have more yeast in the bottle. Taste is thin. Malt profile mainly, but the malt is of a lighter taste than the color suggests. If tasted blind, this could pass for a macro beer or at best one of the feeble bock beers that some regional brewers (Grain Belt, Hamm's) made in the late 1970's or 80's. I'm sorry to contradict other raters, but I think this is a mediocre beer at best.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby black color with nice off-white/tan head and a tad of lacing. The aroma is mainly hoppy with a very noble edge to it and a slight spicy, nuttiness to it as well. The flavor is very well balanced, I really like this one. A touch of spice covers a dark hoppy ale with a warm wool blanket. Thanks acrodizer!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice ruby hued pour with a small white head and lace. Some malt in the aroma. Mostly contains hops and a bit of spiciness. Earthy flavor, slightly woody, malts and hops. Medium body and a smooth cleansing palate that finishes with some bittering hops. Not too shabby. Thanks goes out to Acrodizer on this one.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish-brown colour, with a muddy complexion. Aroma is earthy, lightly spicy (cinammon). The flavour is earthy, slightly minerally, with hints of molasses and mint. A little bit spritzy in the body. Thanks TTB!
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good all-around Christmas beer. Nutty. Reddish tint. Slightly water in mid-finish and a hint of bitterness at the end. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great winter beer, this is, definately better than most. Reminds me of my favorite, Jubelale, only without the hint of hops.
Pours a nice brown color with a decent tan head, but no lacing.
Smells of spicy malt. I'm detecting a bit of ginger.
Tastes malty, of course, and there's plenty of spice keeping it interesting, with a small touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is nice, thick, and creamy. A bit more hops would give this the perfect accent. Overall this is by far one of the better Winter beers out there.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light clouded mahogany in color, medium tannish loose and fluffy head that faded pretty fast, puffy ring around the edge stays present and lace in mixed thickness of globby webs. Aroma is soft and mild of light gingerbread dough spice with a nice little toasted, roasted, woodish background with some moist dirt, earthy herb-like notes. Taste has a nice little spice to it thats light of mint and ginger, cinnamon too. Malts are of toasty bread with just a hint of sweetness coming through at the finish where some lightly mixing herbal hops and spiced cracker-like dryness and woodyness lends a favorable finishing quality. Feel is medium bodied with a little tingle of carbonation that tingles on the tongue lightly in the finish adding to a bit of the dry finish. Took a bit of getting use to and was intregingly fun to drink. A nice brew that I wouldn't mind having around when in the mood, which I had to do, at first I wasn't liking it, but as I went along I found it quite nice with some good subtle characteristics.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown color,small light tan head that faded quickly.Malty caramel aroma with a light hint of hops,mildly sweet.Malt taste up front then a change to light sweetness and hops mild fruit presence (grapefruit) The after taste is hoppy and mildly fruity with a nice but mild bitter hop finish.Not a bad brew,nice flavor good feel and decently balanced,Thanks go to Chimaybabe for this nice taste experience.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. Brown-red body, slightly murky, with a thin light brown head that is mostly diminishing except for a small halo around the edge. Nose is moderately hoppy with sugary caramel and spruce intermixed. Herbal hop flavor with cloves and cinnamon, and a slightly roasty finish. Tremendously velvety and luscious texture leaves a slight carbonation singe upon the end of your tongue. Truly fantastic. This winter warmer sure was a pleasant surprise.