DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just when you think youíre about to drink another middle of the road winter ale, one pops out of the blue and surprises the hell out of you! This beer pours a deep amberish red color with a thin white foamy head and a nice degree of lacing left on my glass. The aroma almost smells sticky with grass, pine, and heavy doses of malt and citrus. This smells warming...like thereís a malty alcohol presence there..perhaps brown sugar, but you know thereís not. The flavor is sticky and full flavored. Mild carbonation levels, sticky caramel malt mouthfeel. Brown sugar, cotton candy, and sticky citrus dominate the flavor with a bittering contrast in the finish. Twigs and pine cone finish. This was an excellent surprise of a beer..full flavored and warming.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oklahomas best full sail offering.Sure its seasonal so buy it every winter! Amber Ale nice off white foamy head, the aroma is malty with some roast,hops
are present but subdued.Sweet brown malt taste with PNW hops in the middle.
A great ale!
DocLock (8098) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to beer handy for this. Pours deep ruby with gargantuan off-white head with an insane amount of lace. Aroma of malt, big hops, spices including black pepper and nutmeg, and fruit. I could smell this all day. Tastes hoppy, with a solid malt backbone. Some fruit and spices appear at mid palate, giving way to a tart, pseudo krieky, merlotish finish. And the hops and spices hit you again on the way down...in a good way. As complex as a Steven Hawking speech, and as unique as his speech synthesizer device, this one is a standout. Full Sail kicks ass and takes names. This one reminds me a little of Alpha Klaus. Bring me another, Jeeves.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Saarlander. an orangey brown pour with a quickly disappearing head. somewhat malty, kind of spicey and a bit hoppy on the finish. nice brew.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy enough, good flavor, warming, but mild, hops come in at the end. A nice flavorful beer, I enjoy full sailís brews!
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Redbones. Dark amber brown color, minimal head. Pine hoppy aroma, some malts. Flavor is initially bitter, hop syrup feel, medium body, with a balance of spice and sweetness. Drinkable, hoppy and refreshing, yet not overly complex.
ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught January 2005 at Redbones. Dark, near black pour, with some large bubbles and fizzy off-white head that disipates rapidly. Looks like a glass of coke. Aroma of dry toffee and caramel, licorice and light English hops. Begins flavorful and hoppy, but not in an extreme, American, bitter way. Notes of licorice root, caramel and light roast. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance here, not too sweet or too bitter and the spiciness is not overdone. Some wateriness on the finish detracts a bit. Iím a big fan of Full sail after only having two of their beers thus far. Tough to categorize these Winter Warmers. Some are ales, some are old ales and some are English Strong Ales. I like íem all though. Iíd like to mull this one.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep copper color with medium dark head. Nice rich malty aroma. In flavor the hops balance the potent caramel malt. Finish is sweet with a slight hop bitterness. Easy drinking.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 I donít know what I was expecting, but whatever it was it wasnít met. A dull, mixed-up and confusing brew. Seems undecided whether to let the malt stand first in line, or allow the hops to come front and center. A bitter, slightly acrid aftertaste doesnít help. Maybe adding some spices would help perk it up, but as it stands itís not much.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
looks like unfinished walnut lumber, itís a bit dull.
pretty thin head
Alcohol is not all that well disguised... Thereís not enough malt to mask the alcohol, and this isnít high in alcohol. Very thin brew. Hop spice is all over; pine blah blah blah...
Not as warm as it is hot. Winter warmer my butt. Just another over-hopped interpretation.