ThisWangsChung (836) - 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 isn’t 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 isn’t much in the way of spicing other than a touch of cinnamon.
T: I’m surprised how bitter this is. There is almost no sweetness to the caramel and toasted malts - if there is, I sure as shit don’t 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 it’s 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, it’s not in a balanced manner, increasing the harshness of it. Even worse is the general chalkiness of the feel, which I’m no fan of either. All it does is make the texture feel thicker without really feeling substantial.
O: ST’s 2XMAS planted a seed of doubt toward my general dislike of winter warmers. Even if it’s not a great example of the style, this makes me remember why I don’t really care for the typical winter warmer. It feels off for some reason.
remALUS (229) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - SEP 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 355ml. Price 0,99 €.
K-9 Winter Ale
Neskaidri, rubino spalva.. nedidelė puta
ALIBALI (677) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Merkwürdig!? Hätte auf ein ASA oder ein RIPA getippt. Und die 30IBUs hätte ich locker verdoppelt. Ich fand es super. Gab es für 5€ die 355ml Bottle beim TAKE ROOT FESTIVAL 2016 in Groningen. Schön malzig und hoppy. Good to drink und ausgewogen. Immer wieder.
dnstone (2647) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mildly hopped aroma. Poured a deep orange color with a strong white head. Lightly hoppy but a strong malty body.
Notes: Labeled as a "Winter Ale"
caribou43 (583) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought this beer at the grain d’orges in Crissier. I drank it relax at home. It is an interesting beer, the body is brown and black, thin foam. Like almost all the flying dog, you have this touch of American hop, decent bitterness with a nice touch of caramel, it is closer to a strong ale than a winter ale.The taste is powerful.
SamVimes21 (255) - - JUL 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Red Elephant Bottle Shop, Truro, Cornwall, deep red with white head with amalty toffee, caramel taste with a hint of spice, and a earthy bitterness in the aftertaste.
alex_leit (2302) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bronze color. Aroma: alcoholic, malt, toffee, raisins, jam and candy, a bit spicy hops. Taste: malt, roasted, sweetness, bitterness, fruit, toffee, port, caramel, long aftertaste with earthy hop bitterness.
Padchenko (281) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark red with thick white head. Strong malty ale. Full flavour with some caramel present. Quite sweet. Lovely
androman (1798) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12fl oz bottle at home from Biernavigatie.nl. Nose is caramel , champagne, light cherry. Body is clear brown, head is medium, beige, rocky creamy, mostly lasting, good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, biscuit, floral, brown sugar, wood, spices. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bittersweet. Medium to full body, slick texture, average carbonation. Excellent easy dessert beer, very tasty, perfect balance, like a quality abbey dubbel, great one, underrated.
Niko100 (2671) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber/brown color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, & spice; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel/toffee, hops, dark fruit, and spice; Dry finish; Pretty decent.
HerrBierkoenig (1150) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,355l bottle from Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava, Pours clear amber red liquid, medium frothy white to tan head, Aroma: caramel, candied fruits, sweet, fruity, apricot, raisins, cherry wood, brown sugar, light alcohol, Taste: medium to heavy sweet, light to medium bitter, light sour, fruity, caramel, lemon peel, aprciot, raisins, candied fruits, malty, light alcohol, Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long sweet caramel fruity aftertaste, Overall: very drinkable due to lemony taste, moderate body and carbonation. Complexe for this style. Enjoyed.