Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown to amber gold with a large, tan head. Lacing coats the glass well. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malt and some piney/resin hop. Flavor is of toasted grains and slightly nutty. There is a nice hop balance in the back of the mouth at the swallow. Rich and clean in the mouth.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
For some reason this used to taste better to me. The aroma isnít as pleasant to me as it once was, but it still looks and tastes great. Another of Boulevards ales that just arenít available long enough.
Shakesbeere (217) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle 2009 winter ale. Orange brown pour. Aroma is of light hops with a hint of some molasses malt. Flavor is somewhat sweet with notes of molasses and spicy hops. Palate is creamy. The finish is quick. A perfect holiday party brew.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral hoppy aroma. Dark amber with medium tan head - a bit of sediment. Immediate taste is citrus - sweet orange peel....then caramel, and a slightly dry hop finish...maybe a little too dry.
mjmcend (209) - USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good aroma. Hoppy and some maple and wood. Taste is mild with some hops and some syrup.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Aroma of spice and some hops as well. Flavor is spice on top of a citrusy hop base flavor. I think Buch Dich put it nicely when he said, "A touch of spice covers a dark hoppy ale with a warm wool blanket." This is a nice brew indeed. Too bad itís not available for very much of the year.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: A brown/ruby red effervescent body with lush tan micro bubble head.
S: Holiday spices, soapy hops, molasses and rich roasted syrupy malt. Spiced rum and dark fruits followed by a bready base.
T/M: Roasted caramel malts, sweet cherries, prunes, dates and a bitter floral and pine profile with a touch of citrus. Nutty with holiday spices that bring a warming holiday sensation to the palate. Heavy doses of malt but a nice hop bitterness to round it out. Body is medium-full and sticky with a gentle sting of carbonation. Finishes dry with lingering caramel and nuts.
O: A great holiday warmer that really packs a flavorful punch. The alcohol is present but does kill the palate. Canít wait to go back to Oklahoma were I can drink this yearly. Cheers!
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pub Glass@ 55f Pours a dark cloudy mahogany with a tight creamy head.
Smell: Medium malt aroma with raisins, spice and alcohol.
Taste: hints of molasses and toasted grain along with some hop character (spiciness) Chinook hops? It strikes me as young and in need of a little aging.
Mouth feel: Medium body starts sweet but the hops dry it up nicely
Itís a great winter warmer and although I havenít tried this (It is always gone by New Years) I think it could be cellared for a year or two and really round off some of it edginess
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This is an excellent brew from Boulevard...makes me wish it was a year-round rather than just a winter seasonal. Aroma is certainly reminiscent of a Belgian abbey dubbel - bananas and cloves are present, along with some scotchiness, spices, and pine. Flavor is sweet up front with a hoppy finish. The hops are very understated but you know they're there - due mostly to "hop-mouth." Palate is nice and full and mouthfeel is very good. A great winter seasonal and one of Boulevard's best...this coming from a guy who thought Zon was a gift from God.
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle A - Pours hazing brown amber. Tan 1 inch head dissipates into soap suds. Good lacing S - Sweet cookie, brown sugar, & molasses T - Sweet cookie, roasted malt, with a hop bite for balance M - Medium bodied, good carbonation that pickles the tongue. O - Very Good Winter Ale thats not spiced which I like.