Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok my first sight ( and purchase of course) of a winter seasonal and thank goodness its my favourite.
Comes in the typical Descutes 12 oz bottle..nice simple label..of a poinsetta bordered window looking out to a starry winter sky.
Poured into my British imperial dimpled mug..this is a beauty of an ale..Garnet coloured with a nice sized coffee n' creme coloured head..that goes but leaves nice lace.
Lovelly strong aromas of malts ( coffee) and of wine!..very nice.
The taste is nice too not too over powering at all..nice smooth malt sweetness with a small hop bite and a hint of warming alcohol as it hits the throat.
Very delicious and utterly smooth and creamy on the palate.
A very nice winter ale..not to strong on the alcohol..but definatlly the smoothest on the market
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 2003 vintage tasted fresh:
Pours with a light brown head. It is a deep brown color. As it pours I get notes of raisin and roasty malt aromas, perhaps a hint of banana as well that might be a hop contribution (really hard to tell). There is quite a bit of fruity - spicy hops in the aroma that seems to have a candy coating. This beer is quite smooth, a finish that is reminiscent of rum. Quite good, complex. Has a finish that is of roast malt and an astringent / slightly alcoholic ending, as well as some balancing hop bitterness. Fruity notes of raisin and cherry are evident as well. A very well balanced beer with some hop character as well, some hop spiciness definitely hits my tongue, though it is subdued. The aroma is the best part of this beer, it is not quite perfect but it is close.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Prunes and brown sugar. Dank and musty with brisk, swirling hoppiness. Aromas of dried flowers, gourmet soy sauce, and plums! Leaves a rich, warming, creamy dark bitterness in the back of your throat. Delightful, and to be consumed slowly and savored.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
yum nice and harty and very warming the perfect effet of a celebration ale its red amber hue shows great color and the head is frothy and thick
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fresh hop aroma with a well rounded body and nice lacing. Alcohol is detectable and the malt adds a nice musky fruit aroma. This is a very nice winter beer.
Padron4KM (530) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick creamy tan head that hangs on forever and laces nicely.
caramel malt aromas, with some citrus in the background .
Flavors are sweet malty, citrusy, bitter, spicy. Nice long spicy bitersweet finish.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm slightly new to the beer arena, but christmas/winter ales in the first week of October....? Heck I'm still trying to enjoy all the pumpkin ales and Octoberfest/German brews. Oh well I can't
complain. Living up here in the northwest I
have more quality beers to choose from than you could shake a stick at. Literally. Now to the beer. Pours a medium-dark reddish brown with a beautiful tan head that slowwwwly diminishes. The nose of this beer is really nice. Spicey gingerbread sweet. Carbonation seems to diminish along with the head. Very rich, tasty
malty beer that is balanced perfectly by the hops. A must try for anyone
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Wow, I was really impressed with this. Caramel-candy like smell, nice head, dark red almost brown, nice hops at the end. Tastes like cherry candy.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep ruby with some head and a bit of lace. Sweet candied malt aromas. Caramel and candy flavors with a bit of hop for a finish.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 tap-tucson beer fest
Nice old ale!!! this one has it all. a great balance of hops, spice, huge malts, smoke and spice. very resin-y-some citrus at the very finish. nicely done!!
Rerate-bottle 2010 vintage-pours deep crimson red with a lite kacki soapy head with some lacing. nose of burnt malt, noble spicy hops, lite pine, smoke, char. Flavors of char, wood, pine/earthy hops with a lingering burnt note through the whole way. I dig this even though its not a style i drink on a regular basis. Long burnt finish with some lingering spicy hops. Very solid beer and one of the best from this brewery.