elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep, muddy brown, almost opaque pour with red highlights, foam comes then goes. Scent is mildly citric, flavor is peppery w/a touch of caraway, with lots of sour notes. The hopping is heavy, the main flavor being that of old wood. Not my cup of beer.
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a rather insignificant head. I actually thought it was a bit too hoppy, with some unpleasant sourness. It settled pretty heavily on my tongue.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(26Dec2002--draft) UGH! What the hell happened here?!
Starts with an amazingly frothy, super lacy, super creamy
head, which, equally amazingly, neither persists
nor adds much effervescence to the beer.
Still, these sins are forgivable. But what was
up with the CHLORINE? It started assaulting my
nose, and the assault intensified once it
hit my taste buds. Heavily bittered, though
with a thin mouthfeel and a strong resemblance to iced tea. Dark, in the same
way that Full Sail Ale.
A very disappointing experience. Perhaps I will
try it in a bottle. I did not finish my pint.
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2007
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Pours amber with white fluffy head. Leaves lacing. A lot of sourness in both the aroma and the flavor. I hope this is just a bad batch because it is terrible, all six of the pack were the same (I guess that attests to the fact that it was drinkable).
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...
Stampion (126) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours darkish red with little head, almost can't see through. Malty with a bit of hops at the end. Slightly sweet aroma. It sort of sticks to the top of your mouth. A decent winter beer.
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Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Six from Reubens. Dark ruby red, thick lasting head, lots of lacing. Smells of raisin bread and hops. Warm comforting savoriness for a cold February night.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours reddish brown with a medium white head. Aroma is citrusy, caramel, with a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is primarily caramel malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a well-balanced bitter finish. Iím not normally a fan of holiday ales but this one was enjoyable.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is one of those good to drink holiday beers if it is what you have available. If you have had many Winter Ales this one will leave a little disappointed.
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off-white head that dissipates slowly. Lovely dark red color in the glass, sweet, delicate nose with a tinge of hops. Tends more toward the hop than malt, which is nice for a winter ale. Decent bite, but not overwhelming in any way. Nicely done.