foamee (5) - Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is the Winter Reserve in a new package. Bottle conditioned, it just keeps getting better. I would describe it as a very rich and complex IPA. It is a very satisfying winter warmer.
craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big, easy, creamy head. The amber body had a notable number of small bubbles. Very minor hint of sweetness. Mildly bitter. Had a small and comfortable warmth.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great hop aroma, amber color beer with small floaters (bottle conditioned and I wasn't careful with the pour). Large hop flavor and bitterness with a med malt boby. The beer has a bittersweet finish to it. The malt flavors are dominated by the hop bitterness. I would've never guessed that this is a 7.5% alc beer as the flavors and body hide it well. A very good american strong ale. I can't beleive I bought this for $20/case on a closeout special.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber color,medium sized off white head that lasted for a nice long time then faded to leave a small lace behind.Hoppy,grapefruit aroma with a slight pine scent coming through as well,mild malt and maybe just a hint of caramel.Nice light malt flavor with a decent showing of hops grapefruit and a mild bitterness that goes well wo off set the mild sweet side.The after taste is sweet malt with a mild bitter side from the hops.A very nice beer that makes you want to have more.Thanks to Springslicker for another winner.
SpringsLicker (3380) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a deep honey colored beer that has a wonderful creamy head with good lacing. It gives off a complex aroma of toffee, honey, vanilla, and caramel. The flavor and finish are well balanced between the sweetness and hop bitterness. The finish ends on a dry note. Very pleasing brew.
guzzler67 (1642) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bronze appearance with a medium size head. Nice, flowery hop aroma. Tastes more like a heavily hopped, resinous IPA. Good bite in the bitter finish
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange-brown color, large webbed head. Clear hoppy aroma. Aroma enticing and exhilirating: citrus notes apparent. Herbal flavors dominate, possible woodiness. Earthy finish. A very "natural" and "rough-hewn" beer. Hearty. For me, sets the standard for what a "winter warmer" ought to be.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like the hop presence here - it's multidimensional; some earthy iron, some bitter leaves, some pine and even citrus. The malt at least is there in quantity but doesn't shout. Good.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a burnt coppor with a thick creamy white head, a head with significant malt flavor with hops and earth tones. Has a sweet, piney aroma. Gentle on the palate coming in, with lots of malt and earth, but a good hops kick in the hindquarters. The alcohol is noticeable, but only barely. An excellent American Strong.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dirty looking, medium dark brown body with a ton of bubbles coming from bottom of glass into an obese head. Smells of powerful pinecone & grapefruit hops, along with clean malt, faint spices and not much else. Big merengue head lingers for a long time. Big, bold taste, however outweighed on hops: sweet, sour, ruby red grapefruit combined with drying pine needles. Sweet spice fills out the rest of an uncrowded palate. Hop aftertaste is drying. Overall, a novel winter that is really more like an IPA. I was glad that it didn't get watery at anytime from start to finish. Take a look at the other winters I've had lately; i've been treated to an array of suprising and delicious beers and this is one of them.