Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at Backusí Backyard Bash. Clear brown with a thin beige head. Caramel and toffee nose, a bit roasty. Malty flavor, kinda weak, not much carbo, feels dead. This didnít do it for me. Meh.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro--Cabin Fever Winter Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Told this was an amped version of the Scotch Ale. Cloudy red brown color. Very dry. Light spice front with assertive hints of hops. Not really Scotchy; tasty, but hard to Classify, Define, or Rate. Sampled 12/12/1998.
Boundary Bay Brewing Company--Cabin Fever--A Winter Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 55 IBUís? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Foamy dense lacy light tan head. Clear deep dark ruby brown color. Rich roasted spicy floral hop mild malt fruit front. Malty sweet spicy herbal hop infused crusty roasted earthy toffee mild fruit body. Rich malt hop spice cinnamon hint dry sweet mild hot end. Sampled 12/11/2010. Purchased for $4.75 @ Full Throttle Bottles, LLC, Seattle on 12/9/2010.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark leather. Moderately aromatic, malt accented with hints of dark fruits, corn, caramel and citrus fruits. Mild, malt driven flavor with hints of cocoa and plum
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice sweet vanilla aroma. Taste is malty enough, but came off kind of chemically. Balanced bitterness. Finish was funky and off. I was expecting more, oh well.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown rich looking body but the flavour was a little thin. Nice aroma of spruce. Soome flavour, cocoa, in the malts and a smooth finish.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006
On tap at the College Inn in Seattle.
Pourrs a deep red-bown with a limited and short-lived head. The flavor is intense in both hops and dark malt, though well rounded on both accounts, slightly sweet on the palate with a nice bitter hop finish. Unfortunately, this one didnít have the sort of staying power I would have liked to have seen; halfway through I was beginning to lose interest (and beginning to lust for the Diamond Knot IPA that would follow; perhaps this is more the fault of that superb Diamond Knot brew than that of the present beer.)
The beer felt increasingly cloying and less refreshing by the sip.
Nonetheless, this is not a bad offering at all - quite a passable seasonal in the Pac NW style.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle - ruby brown with off white head; strong and thick malt aromas mixed in with spices and hops; rich and smooth texture thatís not too spicy and comes to a clean finish; decent
CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from a local wine shop, out of all places. Nice fluffy off-white head. Slightly hazy with a dark copper brown color. Iím not seeing anything wrong with this beer. There is a strong presence of yeast in the aroma. Slightly spicy banana, raisin, and booze aroma. This is much fruitier than I expected, but it has some great aromas. A lot more nuttiness comes through when I taste the beer. The aforementioned booze flavor, yeast, and raisin come through subtly. Wow, other than the somewhat astringent booze flavor, this beer is quite good. The texture is almost silky. Job well done from a Northern brewer. Iíll have to pay them a visit.
Smurf2055 (1255) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown, big tan head
Smell sweet, nutty, candy and toffee, bit of caramel
Taste sweet, light roast and spice, close to a scotch ale but a bit more hop presence
Light to mid body, drinks smooth for 7%
KansaiBeerLvrs (1224) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Rokko Beer Diner, 7.2%. It pours a dark ruby brown that is almost black in the glass with a thick fizzy beige head plus good lacing. The aroma is malty with fruity fig plus candied plum notes. Medium to light bodied with a soft smooth mouthfeel but a bit chalky. The taste is nutty, light chocolate, leathery, earthy, sweet candied fruits like apricots... Kind of getting mild fruit cake notes & hints of spices in the finish. Pretty nice enough winter warmer.