BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty distinctive aroma, malty, spicy but with a herbal shampoo sweetness. Nice rich fruity malts up front, dries out well with some spice and roastiness. Pretty impressive drinking. Good hoppiness in the finish.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great beer. Has a nice full flavor to it, with a bit of smoke in the finish. Medium head, and a bit of the bitter in it.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of fruity, banana like esters, strong body and good aftertaste. The flavor hangs around mid-tongue as the carbonation rolls off the tongue. Slightly dry but well built. It is also a beautiful shade of red with a mild carbonation and minimal yet lasting head. Indeed it does warm those winter nights. Or maybe it is just the woodstove I am leaning on. This makes any Ebeneezer smile.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color- matches the red label. Very small head. Bitter vinegar traces on my tongue. Scents of nutmeg and somewhat spicy flavor but fades oh so quickly.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the prototypical winter beer, but a fine english strong in my opinion. Quite fruity throughout. A little on the syruppy side, which did not lead into the strongly bitter finish very well. Other than that, a fine brew, and aptly called a winter warmer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good fruit at the start, soft apricot overtones followed by sweetness and spices. Finish is a problem, was off and overly bitter. Iím guessing there was something wrong with the bottle I had, as it didnít seem to be a logical followup to the initial flavor.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well I have to disagree with many of the comments below. My beer was very nice, deep amber in color with a nice cream head. The aroma was sweet fruit, malt and some nice spices. The palate is nice and rich, quite spicy, and finishes with a very pleasant bitter finish. Fine winter ale.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head at all. Verry berry aroma with spicy notes all over. Tastes too sweet for a winter in my opinion. Pretty weak for a "winter" beer.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a light blend of sweet & roasty malts with subtle pumpkin pie spice...Color is a lovely mahogany with a thick, creamy head and sheet lace---terrific appearance...Flavor features a sweet front followed by a two-pronged wave of light roastiness and a healthy hop dose...Finish is hoppy dry with spicy tones...The body lacks a critical degree of body, and although this has a variety of flavors, they seem to rotate around a hollow core...The elements just donít quite come together...Still worth a taste, though...
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
berry berry aroma, choclate brown and red with no head, tastes like the ipa only with spices