AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
excellent beer - rich malty flavor expertly balanced with hops - dark brown pour with light head
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with foamy tanhead. Nose is malty. Flavor is roasted malt, dry, with some molasses and sugar. Dry, clean finish. Good beer
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007. dark cherry wood colored with a small off white head. aroma is brown sugar, caramel malts, hay and piney hops. nice sweet malty flavor...brown sugar and piney hops again, nuttiness and a lightly bitter dry herbal finish. medium in body and carbonation.
Treephiend (58) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear rose color with a tan head. The aroma is a malty caramel sweetness with a touch of spice. It tastes incredible. Sweet and spicy, very well balanced. Good medium body. Great beer. I wish I could get it every time of year.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Wow what a beer! Sweet spicy and hoppy aroma with a reddish brown appearance - This is what expect from my winter beer. The smooth and sweet malt component has a slightly bitter finish; both elements are in great balance here. I just wish the alcohol was a bit stronger.
beerbobWFM (17) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 version- This is what a winter seasonal should be.....I love what deschutes does....
COLOR- nice dark brick color
AROMA-Holiday spice,camel,hints of hops
FLAVOR-damn this is good.....nice carmel maltyness, hints of coffee,spice, and it had a beautful hoppy finish....A+ in my book....I would find this if you can, one of the seasons best for sure
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 - Rich, dark red in color. Lightly hopped, but not overpowering, with a nutty first impression finished with a hoppy after-taste. Great head for a bottled beer. Strong for the style, and a personal seasonal favorite.
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 - Version - Fabulous label
pours an oh! so stunning amber with a lovely dense longlasting head
Nose of toast, yeast some caramel and some hop notes
Flavor: Toast, light caramel some nuttiness followed by a good hop bite.
Finish is long spicy and hop forward...
Overall - Definitely something to taste as the beer ages... Yup.. I have put away a few bottles every year... I am always happier in a little while when the hops subside and the malt stands out more Either way you cant go wrong .. worth seeking out
For me this is a sign a long lineup of winter beers await :)
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 2007. A caramel aroma with a light hoppy taste. A winter warmer ale. It is strong, with a full body.
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2011 ------2007-Bottle... Poured a dark amber with a mild beige head. Malt on the nose. Foamy, chewy palate. Had flavors of caramelized nut, chocolate, and a great malt/hop balance. Very satisfying brew.
------2006-Very Dark Amber, nice tan head. Hints of chocalate and almost like a coffee or toffee flavor with initial flavor. Pretty smooth palate. Aftertaste is well in hops. A good seasonal kick.