ClarkVV (4438) - 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.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep, rich amber color with an off-white full head and tons of beautiful lacing. Aroma is real hoppy and citrus fruity. The grapefruit hop bite is right up front and just slaps the tongue. Follow that with a sweet maltiness then comes back with a piney hoppiness. Then I get a toffee and caramel backbone. Iím not getting much spice out of this but it could be cause my tongue is buckling from the hops. No way is this an Old Ale.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Chestnut colored. White head with decent lacing. Malt aroma mixed with hop. Some spicey smells also. Sweet malt flavor with spicey hops. Hops linger in the finish. Decent.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Root beer color with a thin off-white head that fades to a ring. Aromas of roasted malts, pine, and citrus. Flavors of bitter chocolate and orange peel that starts out sweet and finishes acidic and dry for a beer of this type. Canít shake the hops. Fairly thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hides alcohol well. Good, but not enough malt flavors for me in a winter seasonal, or for an old ale any time of year.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours deep brown. taste of ginger and nutmeg. good seasonal taste.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extemely malty. What stone Ruination is for hops this is for malt. I was hoping for a spiced seasonal with the name. Not my cup of tea but points for having the balls to be assertive.
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BŁck Dich for this one.
Dark brown with lots of ruby highlights under a fleeting 1" head.
Caramel and spice and nuts in the aroma.
Smooth and malty with just a hint of hop bitterness. Nice brew.