loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2003 Nice dark ruby color with very small head. Alcohol, caramel, malty aroma. The flavor was dominated by the malty sweetness. As it warmed the alcohol took over. Nice winter brew.
Re-rate 12/19/03: This time I definitely got bubblegum in the aroma with a very late (in the sniff) tobacco tone.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Re-rate 02: Dark, with a foamy, yellowish-tan head; lasting, with nice lace patterns. Smooth on the tongue, richly malted, hinted with spices, rather carbonated, and a little bitter with pinch of tartness. Bitter hops and sweet malts linger with a slight warming sensation. Pretty good and easy to drink.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vinous malts with a head that dissapeared faster than the holidays. Toffee malt boa constrictors wrap the tongue and inject nutmeg, toast, and licorish leaving a film of hop resin in its wake.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with a nice head. Strong spicy hops aroma with hints of roasted malt and alcohol. Slightly sweet start with a roasted malt (smokey) + bitter finish.
TheBrews99 (9) - Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2002 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too busy drinking one right now to comment... mmm... maybe later
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, I didnít really get the malt on this one ítil I just inhaled a bit by accident and it went up my nose. Aside from the unpleasantness of this not-so-wonderful experience I got a better depiction of the beer. This is the most rediculous way to go about things, but I did it by accident...I promise. Very hoppy, smells great and tastes like a Sierra Nevada until you get the full flavor of the malt (try not to visualize this). Mellow nuttiness. I must admit though, this is not really what I would have in mind for a winter brew, the malt is a bit hard to find and doesnít really have that warmth you look for in winter brews. Iíd buy this again though.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 version - Deep red color, medium foamy head. Malty and smooth. Spice with nutmeg and ??. Flavor is complex. A little taste of raisins and figs. Malty and not very hoppy. Lots of flavor, subtle and diverse. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a little dry. Aftertaste is malty and a little bitter. Nice version this year.
2000 version-Deep Red color, medium head. Roasted malts, full flavor, aggressively hopped. Robust full mouthfeel. Very malty. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is malty and somewhat bitter.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
no mouthfeel, some lingering berry and malt but no real lasting impressions
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I felt this was really too bitter for me. I think Iíll try it again.
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
medium body, flavor of roasted malt, candy sugar and ample hope spice. lots of hop bitterness too... definitely on the zippy side of winter ales - quite good but I usually prefer the mellow-malty style of winter ales...