Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Conditioned - Surprising good winter ale. Pours a burnt ruby read. Great head, great lacing. I probably drank it a few degrees too cold. So I started off good, and got better. Taste is somewhat complex. bittersweet chocolate, leather, peach, and maybe a few tiny notes of cherry. a perfect mix of not being overbaring, but not being boring either. Lots of different tastes going on, but none of them overpower your tasebuds. It had more carbonation than I expected, but still maintained a good palet. Good Brew
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Reddish brown with thick tan head that lasts. Blah blah brown ale, roasty, blah blah blah. I guess I had high expectations after reading some other ratings. There are no sweet sugared plums and cherries to be had... there was no fruitcake, but that’s a good thing since that is not something I want my beer to taste like. Alas, no tidings of joy or goodwill to all men. Maybe I just need a few more helpings of the Christmas Spirit. Overall, a glorified brown ale but a decent beer none-the-less.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I miss this beer in the winter now. I live in Ohio, and they don’t send us this stuff. It’s still one of my favorites.
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aromas of apple cider, apricot, banana mild herbal spruce note, hint of piney hops. Carmel bready malts.
Flavor is medium roasted malt, black bread, molasses. Along with apricot, dark fruits (cherry, plum) Ample hops, but not something that stands out as much of highlight.
Easygoing palate, overcarbed,
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very unusual, but nice, aroma. Cherries, maybe? Appears dark red with good amount of head. Malty flavor, cherries again, very good. Better flavor as it warms. Malty and good.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This reminds me a little of the IPA, but not quite as good and not quite as bitter. Dark brown in color and tastes a little like a brown. A little bite and a little better beer than I was expecting
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this beer, especially today, on a balmy, rainy fall evening. Lovely color in the glass, fine-grained, unremarkable head - although it does stick around. Faint nose of roasted malts, seconded by sweet hops, a well-balanced mating that follows into the flavor and mouthfeel. No overwhelming sugars and spices, but this is definitely nice. A totally reasonable winter choice!
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep brown with a nice brown head. tastes of malts and spices, most notably nutmeg, and cloves. wish there was more of a hop presence though. my least favorite of the winter warmers this season.
HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark walnut brown color with a medium light tan head. Caramel aroma with a bit of sweet fruit and roasted barley. Just a bit sweet, with cherry and molasses up front, some chocolate undertones and a very slight bitter end. Fairly soft mouthfeel. Good, but not as deep ("heavy"?) a roasted flavor as many of the other winter brews.
webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 im rating this for my own benefit, just to remind myself that i really like this beer, and to definitely try again. cant remember the specifics, but i will give a formal review once i try again once its released again. I do remember this being my favorite winter warmer this season.