ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed 12/17/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a good amount of clarity. While the offwhite colored head has a nice texture, it quickly fades into a very thin collar - and isnít impressive to start with at less than one finger. The body is pretty beautiful, at least.
S: Has a definite graham cracker and chocolate vibe to the aroma. When given the chance to warm up, it develops a prune-like character to it. There isnít much in the way of spicing other than a touch of cinnamon.
T: Iím surprised how bitter this is. There is almost no sweetness to the caramel and toasted malts - if there is, I sure as shit donít notice it. Normally, this is a good thing for me. But this bitterness works against everything else, ruining both the balance and potential subtleties the spicing could have provided. After a while of warming up, some Centennial hops seem to make an appearance after the midtaste, almost as if itís trying (and failing) to ape SN Celebration in a manner. Not horrible, but everything just seems out of whack, and without any distinctness to any of the flavor notes.
M: The finish is dry and astringent. The problem is, itís not in a balanced manner, increasing the harshness of it. Even worse is the general chalkiness of the feel, which Iím no fan of either. All it does is make the texture feel thicker without really feeling substantial.
O: STís 2XMAS planted a seed of doubt toward my general dislike of winter warmers. Even if itís not a great example of the style, this makes me remember why I donít really care for the typical winter warmer. It feels off for some reason.
rumproasts (3740) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Brown with one finger head. Malty with some lightly sweet toffee notes. Some nuttiness and mild hops in the finish.
mstrcrwly (590) - New York, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle poured into tulip glass..chestnut colored pour with an off white head..aroma of spices,grass,resin..tastes like it smells with a leathery aftertaste..just ok.
MMR (476) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I rather enjoyed this one. Itís pours a brown/amber ale color and has a nice spicy and malty aroma.
LetsGoState (656) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is medium white head and amber. Aroma is spices and malts. Taste is a good blend of bitter, sweet, and spice. Overall a pretty good winter ale.
budedou (509) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - APR 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent winter ale. Flavorful with strong malt and hopps backbone. Not overly spiced.
Lore (1388) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
perfect appearance of clear dark amber colour with reddish notes and 1 inch dense beige-ish off white head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma of dried plum, raisin, biscuit, caramel and floral notes; taste of biscuit, caramel, some minimal earthy, dried fruity and floral notes and bitter aftertaste; not that bad, but nothing really extraordinary (except its appearance)
nihtila (1457) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
21.12.2014. Clear copper orange. Aroma of berries, dark fruits, malts, spices, raisins, sweetness. Tastes sweetish caramel malts, red berries, fruits, hoppy bitterness.
Geiserich (3614) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Brown color, off-white head. Aroma is malty, cake, nuts, roasted malt, caramel, some hop bitterness. Taste is malty, light fruity, some roastiness, caramel, harsh hop bitterness.
pricey290483 (653) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2015
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
bottle from beer hawk not for me very malty on the taste deep red colout with a very bitter finish
Sizzler80 (501) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish/brown pour with a small tan fading head. Chocolate, caramel, red fruit, spice, herb, woody. Medium bitterness, creamy on the palate. Sour with a slight hoppy finish.