VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Subtle quantities of winter spices, eh? Well, the clove/allspice/ginger aroma jumps out of the glass and fills the room. Allspice, ginger and nutmeg dominate the flavor profile with malt playing a backup role. Winter spices become overwhelming after a while. Finish is clean and not very bitter. Color is crystal clear chestnut (not bottle conditioned) with a thick, tan head that disappears almost entirely. A little light in body and mouthfeel. Reminiscent of Anchor OSA 2001.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 I was disappointed with this beer. It is only mildly festive in taste. There is just nothing too remarkable about this beer.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think that the one thing that they put in all winter seasonals is nutmeg. Looks good out off the bottle pouring a amber/brown with a medium sized bubbly head that dissapates into a small layer of foam and lasts the remainder of the way through. Flavor is predictable with strong malt and that nutmeg thing being most noticable, just enough hop in the finish to cancel out the initial sweetness and smooth everything out. Also has a nice warming effect in the belly like a good winter ale should.
NOTE: After drinking three of these the "spice" becomes a bit much, also this beer taste better about ten degrees colder than cellar ie 40-45
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appears thin from the pour. Quickly diminishing head. Amber brown color. Nutmeg and malt dominate the flavors. A bit thin and undimentional. A bit to picayune for the style.
BigBoi99 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2002
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is possible the worst beer I have ever tasted. I understand it is a seasonal ale, perhaps that is why in late may this beer seemed to have such a repusive smell and taste. Although I guess I should have expected much from an ale that is sold at $7 a case.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unlike the other reviewers, I did not enjoy this beer -- maybe it doesnít keep that well. Strong nutmeg aroma. Sweet malty and mild, and some of the nutmeg comes through in the flavor. Thereís a big initial head that dissolves quickly. Given the beerís color, once the head goes down, it looks more like a cola than a beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a wonderful surprise. Never had any beer from Crooked River and I was impressed to no measure,... Well some measure. It poured dark and thick. Great thick creamy head and an aroma of chetnuts and nutmeg. An aftertaste similar to Peteís winter brew but far better. And a very warming affect. There is a fair amount of malts but not enough to really dull the alcohol taste (One that I think is far underrated) which seems higher than 6.7%. A masterful beer that should be on every manís/womanís Christmas list.
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick, Heavy, very complex taste, anise possibly present. I have had this a few times around Chirstmas and it is not my kind of beer, but does have a unique taste..... Somehow I think of chartruse when I have had it, very large head, nice malt finish, great egg-nog substitute.
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer for the cold weather. Very malty and smooth. Nice head that disapates into a good lace. Dark amber in color. Very slight notes of spice, probably nutmeg?
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 26, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, some mulling spice, slightly sticky, some alcohol aroma, foaming on the tongue, carmel, hints of paper, some pepper