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 (4200) - 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.
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured deep mahogany with lasting tan head. much lacing. Much caramel/malt aroma. Big body with sweetis maltiness followed by hoppy bitterness. Warming finish, felt on sides of tongue. Worth seeking.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at O’Briens. Slightly hazed mahogany red color with a creamy beige head. Roasty malts, bitter herbs, spice in the aroma with subtle molasses and floral hop notes as well. Bold and sharp, roasty bitter and spicy flavors can’t quite hide the subtle sweetness, allspice, clove, coriander and pepper with an astringent (charcoalish) finish. Rich full creamy body, thick and gentle on the tongue.