ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I liked it, but it’s not my favorite seasonal of Northwest beer.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice winter brew.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - JAN 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored with a beige head. Malty aroma with hop notes. big hop flavor and bitterness. Good work on this beer!
Dragon99 (57) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - NOV 3, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a winter seasonal strong ale. Very high alchy content, and noticable. Good malty flavor with a hint of hops. A nice ’warm me up.’
hilladen99 (25) - Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A yummy seasonal brew though the taste varies ever so slightly from season to season.
joet (1919) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 18, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is a hoppy, dusty old books, strong pine, chocolate. If that looks like an incredible mess of aroma, I’d agree but I’m finding it appealing with some challenged glee. Ooh this is nice... Challenging and good. The feel rocks -- soft and round. Slightly astringent finish. This is a much more appealing proposition for a ’winter warmer’ than a spiced brew for me. And this goes great with itself.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2006 Beautiful glowing ruby color. Thick and sticky off-white foam. Very nice aroma of dates, phenols, and fruitcake. Cherry candyish and great balance of dryly and briskly earthy malts and forceful hop bitterness. Bottle conditioned and rather satisfying. Solid winter brew.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2001
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite winter warmer brew. Unique chocolate-covered bananna flavor, with tons of malt and a surprisingly strong fush of hops at the end. The perfect beer for a cold winter’s night.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - DEC 10, 2000
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Holiday seasonal strong ale, with a good balance between citrusy flavours, flowery hop; malt; and a
soft fruitiness (apple, pear).
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2000
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2003 Release (2003)<P>
Draught @ Papago:
This magnificent beer pours a transpicuous deep burnished copper color, the head mastodonic in size, spumescent in texture, and the color a winsome tan color, as the head deliquesces, a satiny sheet of lace forms to caress the glass. Big malt laden nose, caramel candy sweet, hints of the hops lay just beneath this delight for the senses, ambrosial start, nicely malt laden; the top has a moderate feel to the palate. Finish is agreeably carbonated, the hops spectacular in their spicy presence, nice droughty aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Each year I await the release of this beer like a kid waiting for his new Christmas bicycle and thanks to Papago Brewery, my most favorite “Beer Palace”, and Deschutes Brewery one of my top three favorite breweries, I get a double barreled treat, draught and bottles to store away, well we will see how long they stayed stored, the Vegas Line say that the odds are 10 to 1 against them lasting till the next release.