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 (3386) - 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.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours deep dark amber, almost brown, medium frothy off-white head, attractive lacing, with light carbonation. † Musty, malty, peppery nose. † Smooth hop bitterness up front, some licorice, with a malty backbone. † Some odd hemlock like tree flavor as well, or is it sagebrush? † Medium body and mouthfeel. † Light spices emerge on the finish. † Fairly smooth, not as hopped up as I would have thought. † Finishes herbish, slight hop, minor malt, semi-sweet.   Very different from most other Winter seasonals I have had.
ElGaucho (2386) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I know Iíve had this before, although, like many seasonals, the recipe may be different this year. And it tasted better than my vague recollection of it. Spicey, nutmeg aroma. Dark red in color. Off-white head. Good lace. Good hop profile. Spicey character is very nice. Somewhat chalky. Very good and reasonably rich.