Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light brown with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor of brown sugar and caramel. Not awful, but not something to go out of your way for. Luckily, it is pretty commonly available so that you don’t have to go out of your way for it.
CheersMate (1325) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Liquor and caramel pretty much sums up the aroma of the beer. The toffee and toasted malt flavour are not to my liking. I am not a huge fan of beers that are from England, or have English tendancies. I just think that English beers, or English style beers tend to be watered down. I think that I smell cherries. The beer has a hidden fruity aroma. The alcohol you can also smell. I will say even though I don’t tend to love English brews this aroma is nice because it keeps me guessing. I am somewhat impressed. There is a nice ring of head around the top, and the beer has a decent carmal brown appearance. The beer is nearly opaque. Average looking beer. This beer has that watered down buttery flavor that I really don’t care for. There is more of a malt presence than anything else. The hops don’t really show up at all, or make any type of statement. The beer is relatively smooth, and is not bad. I just don’t care for the flavor, which is one of the biggest components of the beer.
Crit (3658) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chestnut with small beige head. Light sweet malt nose.Somewhat bland sweet brown sugar taste, very faintly hopped
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a crystal-clear amber brown with a minimal trace of foam on the top. Aroma is vegetal, odd - like canned vegetables (cabbage?) Taste is very bready, diacetyl in small amounts, would indeed go well with stews, roasts, and holiday dishes (wish we could get it earlier than mid-February up here in Canada!) Macro-ish, kinda cheap and bland. Body is thin and lightly carbonated. This is drinkable and not entirely unpleasant, but lacking in any real direction (or flavour).
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
341mL light mahogany beer of English influence. Heavily filtered, slightly oxidized. Bought in Winooski/Burlington less than a month ago.
No spices. Clean marris otter. Fair dryness on the palate. Not too warming. Fair drinkability. Earthy, honeyed nuances. Cheap price (1.50 a bottle)
Loose body - kinda slick and not very lively, very filtered. Rather simple, not very exciting. Frail hop character. A bit swift on the move from sweetness to dryness. Relying completely on the malts, yet their extraction does not bring much complexity.
dchmela (2927) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours watery red with a small off white head. Aroma is malty and cardboard. Thick malty taste with bits of holiday spice and sweetness. I have to believe this was a bad bottle, because this is not very good.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Winter Ale
Appearance: hazy dark red, fine beige head, srippy streaks of lace,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with floral and earthy hops,
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, nicely balanced with an earthly quality, touch of candy sweetness, nice spicyness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
NachlamSie (3108) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle best before April 2008. Pours a dark mahogany with a very small head. Hm, this stuff smells rather juicy, lots of berries, caramel, brownies. Flavor is leaning strongly towards malts, again nice and juicy. Some faint earthiness, tobacco, raisins, and sweet whisky is noted. I liked this one rather well.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston. Pours a medium-dark copper with a bit of head. Decent malty aroma. Initial taste is of malts, but then leads to a slightly tangy bitterness to round things out. I was worried that this was going to be another all-malt-and-only-malt "winter beer" experience, and was happy that this offered a bit more.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper colour with a medium off white head.
Aroma caries nutty, smokey earthy malt.
Malt flavour, slightly nutty-spice, tobacco tones. Bitter hook to the finish.