shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reminds me of a stronger Belgian Ale with fruity spices mixed in. Nice amber color, decent head, strong flavor. Love the beer!
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 2003: Pours a cloudy cherry color, fine tan head sits atop, absolutely beautiful. Laces like a mutha, all the way down the glass. Smells a bit porter-ish, but with a lot more fruit involved. Tastes like a belgian ale on the front, ends like a porter. Nice smooth palate, not as creamy as possible, but sufficient. Fantastic flavor, warming alchohol, who could ask for more. Very, very good.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is excellent. OPening the bottle, you get a big whiff of raw hops. In the glass, the aroma is grapefruit and spruce. The flavor is astonishing. Yes, the hop flavor is grapefruit, which many complain about. Here, though, the grapefruit flavor is terribly deep, framing wonderful malt, but without standing apart from the malt. Outstanding integration. "Really really good" says Philly, and so say I.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first try of the 2003 vintage: Poured this one into a hurricane style class, which showed off a burgandy colored body with a fluffy brown head. A little less hop presence than the past 2 years, but this one has a more chewy palate. Spices almost like a nice spice cake, with a nice blend of spicy and sweet. I always look forward to this one.
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.
JMerritt (1867) - 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.
mikedR (1489) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Superb. First, aroma -- I could smell this all day. Beautifully sweet and winter spice on the nose. One of the more aromatic specimens of this variety. Taste is solid as well. Requisite malt base with solid winter spices. But it's 80 F in Arizona! Oh well. A-
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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.
Braudog (5962) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rusty orange with thin head. Nice hoppy aroma. The beer is pretty nicely hopped with a good citric base, then topped with a nice tree-sappy spiciness on top. Very nice.
tbsb (17) - san marcos, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: nice malt with some sweetness on the nose.
Appearance: beautiful chestnut.
Taste: nice malty taste with a hint of background hops.
Palate: medium mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation.
Overall: very nice beer.