RumRunner101 (770) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Malty aroma with hints of vanilla, caramel and spices. Medium bodied with flavours of raisins, caramel and a malty sweetness. After the sweetness subsides thereís some nuttiness and some hops and alcohol. The sweetness in the body is a bit too much for me, and the finish is a bit too boozy.
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a solid dark reddish brown color with a half-inch of creamy light beige head. Plenty of dark roasted caramel malt notes in the aroma along with some butterscotch, toffee, vanilla and walnut. The taste begins with a strong dose of toasted malt, caramel and dates followed by raisin, cinnamon and woody alcohol notes. The subtle hops presence is spicy and herbal toward the end. The body is smooth and mildly creamy with more sweet malt and alcohol in the finish. The overall flavor is rich, malty and boozy as a good Winter Warmer should be.
highibus (727) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a deep crimson with thin off white head and a bit of lacing. a bit over the top sweet bit nice carmel and plum notes. potent and warming. overall very nice.
ACHops (687) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 22 oz bottle. Pours a murky amber brown with a thin creamy head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and solid bourbon notes. Taste is rich lightly roasted malts with nice earthy hop flavors and delicious bourbon on the finish. I donít think this was barrel-aged, but itís definitely there. Bottle is maybe 6 months old, so who knows. Hard to believe this is only 7%, tastes bigger. One of the best NW winter beers, and thatís saying something. Would love to see a version of this cranked up to imperial range.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint @ The Traveler. Decent winter ale. Not too thick, not too hoppy. Kind of Goldilocks. Canít believe I havenít rated this before.
stantheman (652) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pumphouse Pub in Richmond. Dark reddish brown colour. Rich malts on the nose. Flavour wise this is a tour de force, if you like a rich and flavourful beer. Rich malts abound, but are tempered by a strong background bitterness. Memorable!
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ever tasted a beer and found it a bit...off and then went to look to see what others have said about it? I couldnít agree more with what TAR stated below, so Iím going to leave it at that. Something is seriously wrong here and after a few swallows of this bomber, itís likely going to be a drain-pour.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very estery aroma with a twang of alcohol and a hint of roasted malt. A dark reddish brown with a persistent but thin head. The body was a bit lacking. Flavor starts estery and sweet fills out with a little raosted malt and finishes bitter. A very nice winter warmer.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: some cream, malts, and carmel. Also some fruity metallic scents and some pine
Appearance: very dark brown with a slight reddish tint, light brown head, some lacing
Flavor: sweet, fruity, carmel flavors with a strange off-taste...almost like a metallic lambic taste (very strange)
Palate: very smooth with that weird aftertaste that leaves almost a tartness in the mouth
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winter Beer Festival. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of malt with hints of hops and spices. Flavor is rich in both hops and malt. Mostly a spicy yet sweet caramel flavor commands the tongue, not overly sweet though. Pretty easy on the palate with no hints of alcohol. Lacking a little bit on body.