Northernbrewer (151) - 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.
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange and red in color. Had it of tap and didn’t seem to come out that much after warming up. I thought the smell was weak but sweet and fruity. Taste is almost the same good flavor but doesn’t linger on.
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong malty taste and a slightly sweet aroma. Amber in color with an off-white head
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It seems like all of the Capital beers are starting to taste the same, which isn’t a bad thing. A bit too mild to be classified as a winter brew, the mix of malt and hops is great as always. Also seems a bit pale in appearance.
illiniphil (137) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Bottle. Poured a golden copper with a one finger head (aggressive pour). Taste is as advertised. Nice malt flavor with a bitter finish.
It's frustrating to read reviews by people that don't seem to know the style of beer they are reviewing. This beer is a good example of it's style. Period.
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zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with hints of amber. No real head, aroma is strong of malts and carmel sweetness with some spicy hops. It doesn’t taste nearly as malty sweet as it smells. More of a smooth, slow, broad bitterness.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
craven5000 (107) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light tan, quick dying head over bubbly clear amber. Watery in mouth with light flavor.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big full bodied amber color beer. Wonderful nutty aroma with big mouthfeel. On tap at the Capital Brewery tap room. One of my fav’s of the evening. Much bigger body than the rest with a great balance in flavors
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.