ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Perfumy, heavy hop aroma. Small, off-white, mostly diminishing head with fair lacing. Hazy, sparkling, amber body. Moderately bitter, features notes of peat reminiscent of those in Shiner’s Winter Ale. Mellows a bit as it warms. Not bad.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Appearance is the best thing about this, lovely red with a lasting creamy head. Kind of weak smoky/peaty aroma; flavor also on the dim side, earthy with a hint of maple, little hops, smooth quick finish. Not terrible, but not up to Capital’s standards.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Copper red color with a diminished head. Dark burnt malt aroma and flavor.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Deep chestnut brown W/ ruby hues, (sound familiar?)decent off white head, poor retention. Sweet fruity nose with some spices too! good complex aroma. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with drawn out finish. Spicy notes kind of creep up out of nowhere. Balanced very well. One of Capitol's best bottled brews.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting, moderately malty and hoppy aroma. Has a touch of spice to it, but is otherwise standard and kinda dull.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another good one from capital. I am not real sure yet how it qualifies as a winter brew but it was refreshing. Well balanced between the hops and the malt. Good "session" beer.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deceptivly pale beer for the malty punch that it packs. Like allmost everything Capital makes it is brewed very well and speaks of good quality ingredients and techniques. Light caramel and a good alcohol punch make it a fine winter beer, but it is somwhat lager like and I am not sure if the English Strong Ale catagory is a good standard to judge this fine beer by.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange color and decent head. Good carbination. Very faint aroma. Caramel taste. The alcohol isn’t hidden very well here.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 ReRate-it had been a few years since i had this beer. my best friend from back home came to my door with a 6er of this stuff. pours an orange hue with minimal white head. is it me or all of capital’s beers slightly under-carbonated? slight tea aroma-vanilla and caramel flavors in the finish. some grainy malt flavors. a good session beer for the winter months.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really great beer with no defects. If there was anything I’d change it would be a touch more body and possibly some more late hop character - but OK as is. I’d like another. I think the ’Winter’ title implies a little more than the English Strong Ale category can really deliver.