god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
EXACTLY like Full Sail's Wassail Ale, but more expensive.
Coca-cola colored, no head, medium fizz. Smells a bit like grapes and chocolate. A great balance of hops and malt. Bitter aftertaste lasts just the right amount of time. I'd gladly drink this beer all year long. It's all about the balance!
mikedR (732) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is very nice. Surprisingly translucent pour, copper in color. No hops. Strong malt bill. Christmassy spices perfectly in balance. A-
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VastActiv (1664) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Deschutes, Portland. Colour is clear reddish copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, sweetness, caramel and malts.
jehoesefat (164) - Kapolei, Hawaii, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice malty caramel aroma, not to strong. Pours clear ruby with a thin tan head. Great caramel and spice flavor with a bitter finish.
csaso (1135) - Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - small foamy head, dark amber color, malty aroma and flavor, mild spice (expected more but it is very well balanced for a winter beer which is good), slight roasty character, really good overall
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fidelis83 (1734) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet pour with a 1 finger, yellow-beige head. Aroma is toast, toffee, biscuit, dark fruit, tree fruit, juniper, herbal, spicy and fruity hops. Flavor is earthy spice, hazelnut heavy nutty notes and earthy peppers up front, dark toffee, then wine simmered dark fruit, juniper-pine notes, husky grain, sorghum sweetness and herbal hops. Medium body with a creamy, maybe slightly slimy feel and light carbonation. Pretty good overall, but after one or two I am ready to move on to something else, something about it is just fatiguing to the palate.
WheatKing (984) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours copper with off-white head. Nose is pear, floral, caramel. Pear really comes out in the flavour with caramel and earthiness. Really liked the pear qualities in this one.
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 Blvd’s 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 (614) - 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 I’m 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