GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a rich amber color, with a malty spice blend in flavor. It was an enjoyable winter ale.
EithCubes (5101) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose is very malty, toasty Vienna character with a few darker touches, some toffee and lots of spice and earth. Touch buttery, some chocolate and peanut brittle-like caramel. Very inviting appetizer, sort of a small Doppelbock using hybrid yeast. Hazy amber-brown with fizz and a tan head. Taste very malty, spicy with floral and light berry notes. Again, toast, caramel, and earth, and all blending together nicely. The winter character of the spices is not in touch, a mild stroke of sort of juniper-spruce, but beyond there there’s some background flavor that would fit in very nicely in pumpkin season (gather up the usual suspects). No alcohol, full and very heavy body, and the aftertaste reminds of cola, which is about the only negative I have to offer. Interesting and worthy of a try (if only for a supremely malty holiday beer that doesn’t overspice).
alobar (2917) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish orange pour with creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, and spice. Toasted malt flavor with caramel, nuts, and spice. Creamy body. Nice beer.
Chad9976 (1268) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Captain Lawrence is a brewery that, in my opinion, tends to make decent beers of conventional styles. Their “Winter Ale” seems to epitomize this hypothesis: it’s a traditional winter warmer brew and a beer that tastes good and is fairly easy to drink, but lacks anything memorable or special. At least it’s priced right.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Rusty brown hue; extremely cloudy body. Pours to an average sized, white, frothy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Nose reminiscent of a standard amber ale but with distinct winter spices. Not too intense, but nice.
Taste: This is a beer that could easily pass for a standard American amber ale as it has all the makings of the style: a malt-forward palette that’s fairly sweet, but at the same time has a good amount of hops to keep it in balance. Darker malt presence is noticeable right away, imparting some caramel and toasted bread flavors. Through the middle there’s a dry bitterness which is accentuated by a light spicy character. Interestingly enough, the brewery’s website does not reveal which spices are in the beer, though they seem to be similar to that of a pumpkin brew with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. There’s also a subtle nutty character skulking in the background. All in all it’s a fine-tasting beer which, despite its seeming complexity, only manages to create for a “good” overall taste, which is fine if that’s all they were trying to accomplish.
Drinkability: This seems to be a seasonal whose recipe varies from year to year and the 2014 edition weighs in at 6% ABV. It doesn’t seem to be quite as full-bodied and robust as that potency would usually deliver, but at no point does it feel light or underwhelming. The mouthfeel is more of lighter medium intensity with average carbonation. It goes down smooth and finishes clean – which is nice since there’s nothing cloying about it, but also a bit disappointing that the flavors don’t linger when they probably should.
drdisque (585) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Carroll place. No aroma. Flavor is nutty, slightly spicy, and exceedingly watery. Tastes like a spiced up weak bock. Very flat mouthfeel. It’s ok thought probably better than I’m making it sound.
geologyguy (811) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very light but slightly woody smell, tastes like a spicy stout...medium heavy malt low hops, finish is watery...wish it finished stronger
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Presidential Suite. Copper pour with a white head. Mostly just bready malt. Some toast and nutmeg on the nose. Maybe a bit of cinnamon. Kind of tart and metallic. Flavor has bitter copper and some sour citrus peels. Old spices. Sweet bready malt base of toast and biscuit. Meh.
kbudd19 (747) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from JT, thanks buddy! Dark reddish brown pour, with two fingers of frothy white head. Aroma is light malts, mild spices, not much else...pretty underwhelming. Taste is light grains, followed by some mild tartness with prickly carbonation and a sharp thelma and Louise ending. I wouldn’t say its offensive but it’s certainly a below average beer.
DrSilverworm (7210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Tasted at RBSG grand tasting post-tasting. Clear amber color. Thin of-white ring of head. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light rough texture. Caramel malt. Bigger spice taste. Moderate sweet, moderate spicy. Tastes OK. Meh. I feel like even if this was fresh it still wouldn’t be my speed.
beerbill (3562) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours a lightly hazed amber with a very thin linen white head that is gone after the first sip and leaves no lace. Pleasant aroma of malt with a touch of sweetness. No spice detected. The flavor is malt, caramel, and bread that has been lightly toasted. Again, no evidence of spice. Well rounded mouthfeel. Very mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied.
ben4321 (4253) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 4/13/14
Aroma: The aroma is bready malts, dough, and some winter type spices
Appearance: It pours a murky reddish-brown color with a fizzy beige head and light lace
Flavor: The flavor is much the same, doughy malts, some spice, and a mild hop bitterness
Palate: The feel is okay, with a light-medium body, average-plus carbonation, and a mild dry finish
Finally spring is here, and since it’s 78 degrees outside right now and I’m drinking this on my patio I should probably finish off whatever winter beers I have left...
Anyway, as for the beer itself, I’ll say it is solid. I can’t go much above solid, but it is solid for sure. Still, I’d like to see them go beyond this with their standard/12 oz beers, as their bomber beers are usually quite good.