erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is not a Barley Wine. Full Sail does make a Barley Wine and this is not it. It is however a very fine spiced ale which pours beautifully and is overflowing with cloves, nutmeg and corriander. Could have a little more body but overall a great beer.
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice garnet color; thin head; wonderful bubblegum nose.
This beer was a study in balance. Very well played out with the burnt malt underpinned by the sweetness. Never cloying and warming to a pleasing degree.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a wonderful holiday ale. The aroma is fruity and spicy. The taste is just great - chewy with a hop bit that is made for cold winter nights. Glad I paid to have some shipped to Maine.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2001
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very enjoyable! Initial aroma is of fruit. The first taste is very complex and gets better as you drink it. Excellent hop/malt balance. Wonderful stuff. Thanks to Joe (user_experience) for hooking me up with this.
joet (2162) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 4, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn this smells like Catholic incense! Frankincense... A beautiful hop lacing to it as well with touches of dark tobacco. Oh this is gorgeous... Deep dark amber brew with a firm snow white cap. Wow, it’s taken me about 5 minutes of appreciation before I’ve even quaffed a drop. Wow, very nice... very bright for the style and not soft and relaxed but punchy. Astringent tannins in the finish and hammering suggestions of a broad spectrum of cocoa, coffee and caramel. Hops are present throughout. Wow! This is definitely a pal to hang with in a winter wonderland. Wassail ROCKS!
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 22, 2001
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer just doesn’t do it for me. The ginger-nutmeg-allspice flavors seem unmelded, they just kind of hit your tongue with no semblance of craft. The beer is really too hoppy for this style as well. Continues this breweries schizo nature of putting out some really great brews (pale ale, barleywine, imperial porter) and some duds (this, amber ale, IPA).
Bov (9467) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
intense dark brown, few head, malty - nothing special
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep garnet appearance with a dense off-white head this winter brew is quite a mouthful. The nose immediately picks up a blend of winter spices, dark malt and hops. Initial palate is of roasted dark malt followed by a nutmeg/ginger-like spiciness. The finish is the emergence of the hops which is slighty citrus. The finish is also quite dry and long. Overall a strong winter ale contender.