ghawener (1378) - San Salvador, - JAN 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Not a big fan of Winter Ales, this one has lots of fruit, malt, caramel and raisins. Full and complex finish with a strong alcohol kick. Food Pairing: Glass of Water, this has all you need!
HogTownHarry (5655) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared by jercraigs & mabel with me and blankboy. Slightly hazy amber. Taste and aroma are anise roast, dry floral bitterness, eehhhh. Light body and carbonation, dry earthy bitter medium finish. Whatever. Shut up - am drunk.
jcnielsen (842) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with off-white head. Caramel, malty, slight alcohol aromas. Caramel, malty, spice flavors. Tastes like a malty barleywine. Not my favorite Deschutes offering.
scanovajr (600) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber brown beer with an average frothy white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel and dried fruits. Flavor is also malty and caramel, hoppy, slightly roasted. Dry finish. Good beer
Wintercoates (10) - Roswell, Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice beer but it didn’t taste like an ale. It was overly malty for an ale but still a nice beer.
gramity (1057) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty toffee aroma. Deep murky copper color. Pretty full bodied. Has a slight berry bitterness to it which is rounded off by the malts - finishing with the alcohol coming through.
manisthebeer (93) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells of sweet fruit and malts with some brown sugar it pours an extremly dark brown with nice root beer colored head color is a deep red when held up to light mmmm tastes like toffee, malts caramel with a wee bitter after taste coated in brown sugar all around sharp smooth beer
DocJitsu (307) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, dark, amber color with a caramel—colored head that has an orangish hue. Aromas are comprised of an earthiness and brown sugar. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Toasty, butterscotch, and toffee flavor with a piney bitterness at the finish. Average to slightly above average.
mnmike (609) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Minneapolis Town Hall. 2012 vintage. Dark pour, complex flavor profile - recommended.
TheRatKing (50) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special 25th Anniversary bottle, in a tulip glass. Pours a stout-black colour with a finger’s worth of tan head, steadily receding. Big hops on the nose; grapefruit zest and pine, faint sweetness. Flavour hits you again right away with the hops, fading quickly to coffee, bitterness and sweetness fairly balanced, though perhaps leaning towards dry rather than malty. Not what I was actually looking for in a winter ale (I generally expect them to be sweet and malty,) but certainly not unwanted. Quite well done, worth having again, though perhaps when I’m in the mood for hops.
RobertDale (1910) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Comes dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and pine. Taste is malt, dark fruits, spice, caramel, pine, grass, and alcohol. A lot going on here. Nice.