skmikeg (615) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark copper with a foamy two finger tan head that lingers. Aroma is of caramel, ripe fruits, raisins, some earthy hops, toffee, and some cinnamon. Taste is of caramel malts, toasted bread, dark fruits, raisins, some earthy pine and citrus, toffee/bread pudding, and some spices including cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, buttery mouthfeel and a semi dry, semi bitter finish. overall, a very tasty and complex winter seasonal.
brewbattles (30) - - DEC 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:
keith0718 (318) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting diversion. Odd (but good) flavors reminiscent of ginger and other spices. Would choose over Blvdís Nutcracker if ABV was higher.
toml219 (198) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into a shaker pint. clear brown taste is a raisen and malt, went back on forth with one still not sure if I like it. With have to try it again
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best by 12MAR13
Pours a nice dark cherry hued mahogany with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells of sweet malt, hints of nougat and ginger a bit of vanilla and graham, decent nose. Flavor is of dry, roasted malts with some coffee, some leather, some bitterness and a hint of rye bread. Medium bodied with limited carb and a slick, yet dry on acrid finish. Interesting beer, not sure Iím a huge fan yet.
Best by 24FEB12 - reviewed 13NOV11 - 3/3/3/3/3
A: a cherry red beer pours with a finger of tan pink foam and excellent clarity. Spotty lace.
S: Sharp hops and sweet malts with a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon.
T: hmm the yeast is no good and too strong to me. Some metallic flavors, some astringency. Meh.
M: thin with moderate carb. Semi dry finish.
O: well, not my favorite. Not bad.
Serving type: bottle
boozedude (1468) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into glass, pours clear brown wih kacki head, taste is a strong males, raisen, nice clean finbish, overall I like it
Dapierce17 (44) - Pasco, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark copper with tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit (plums). Very sticky mouthfeel. Very malt forward picking up the more earthy notes. Slight hop bitterness in the middle with an ever lingering sweet fruit/toffee finish. Flavors cling to the roof of the mouth and very slowly dissipate.
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Brentv (82) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle, pours mahogany with a small white head. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor of caramel and malts, some spice but not too forward, moderately sweet with only some bitterness. Good carbonation. A good easy to drink ale.
tcane7 (1343) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Alla Spina. Pours a murky maroonish brown with frothy beige head and nice lace. Nose of caramel, dark fruit, roast, dried fruits, chocolate. Medium body. Malty flavor with notes of dark and dried fruits. Pretty decent seasonal
Doghair (190) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown color. Nice malty caramel aroma. Taste is roasted malt a little coffee, caramel. Some good hop flavors in the middle with a lingering bitter finish. Not as sweet as I expected. Nice beer.
Metalchopz (2014) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of a mixed sixer at Albertsons in Vegas. Pours a clean copper colour with a big off-white head, great retention and loads of lacing. Beautiful nose with lots going on. Spicy aromas with chocolate malts and hints of bubblegum. With time, hops come out. Smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Flavours are of roasted malts, caramel, grassy hops and again, feels like bubblegum. Quite an interesting brew that does well for christmas.