pumpmaster (1337) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $7.49/6-pack. Very good.
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid brew. A bit different than the usual winter ale. Malty hoppy dark brown ruby color. Taste some toffee brown sugar earthy woodsy sweet dark fruit. Dry tart bitter finish. A nice treat will revisit next winter.
asedzie (783) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep ruby/brown. Beige head - small with good retention. Nose has bread and dark fruits - huckleberry, some dark cherry - mild spice. Flavor is rich and inviting, lightly roasted dark bread, some molasses-like sweetness, floral-like hops hops present in the middle and become prominent towards the end, along with bitter orange-like bitterness. Palate is quite full and deep. Excellent representation of the style and everything a holiday/winter ale should be.
zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of graham cracker and toffee malts. Taste is malt forward, not surprisingly, with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel flavors and just a bit of floral hop presence to counter-balance. Some warmth on the finish. Succeeds as a very good English strong ale/Winter warmer.
bkurtz (1018) - PERU - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours a clear brown with some red highlights and a small head. Rich malt backbone with some caramel. Creamy caramel taste with an alcohol note. Nice winter warmer.
beertholomeus (1540) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep amber color with a off white head. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, malt and earthy hop aroma and flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation.
hockey9930 (237) - - DEC 29, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark ruby with a one finger tan head. Aroma is a strange combination of citrus and sprucey hops with dark chocolate and vanilla. Dark malt flavor with a hoppy finish and after taste. Moderately heavy and creamy.
beerbaaron (1866) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish with creamy off white tan head. Earthy bitterness. Some Roasty. Dry. Metallic? The fact that I generally don’t care much for ’winter ales’ or English style ales in general skews my view here probably.
mcberko (11870) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Trumpeter Public House, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out Christmas spices, bready malt and a touch of caramel. Flavour is dominated by the Christmas spices, with dry bready malt on the back. Not the most thrilling winter ale - too much spice for my taste. It’s okay.
Sarlacc83 (1691) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, gifted to me. Thanks!
A: Nearly pitch black, creme colored foam, some lacing.
N: Peppercorn, rye, baker’s chocolate, some coffee, a lot of earth and leaf in here. Pine, and a bit of herbs. Char and toast.
T: Quite bitter, moderately sweet.
M: Medium body, alcohol is noticeable, fizzy carbonation.
O: This always makes me think of Claymation Christmas. Whatever the case may be, i would carol for some of this. It’s heavily bitter, but it tastes like Christmas.