shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. very dark, tobacco black color with little head.. malty aroma with hints of nuts and earth tones.. initial hit is very winter and nicely balanced.. roasted malty flavoring leads to a hoppy spiced fruity finish. with little loose air.. some toffee flavors can be justified in the aftertaste.. okay brew, nothing great but a very typical concocted winter ale- with a cornicopia of hops.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the brewery... An easy drinking winter beer, with good spices, some hops and a lite body, but a nice head.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oklahomas best full sail offering.Sure its seasonal so buy it every winter! Amber Ale nice off white foamy head, the aroma is malty with some roast,hops
are present but subdued.Sweet brown malt taste with PNW hops in the middle.
A great ale!
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean, ruby color; good clarity with taupe head. Carmel and dark sugar rise from the glass. Slick mouthfeel with medium body. Plum, blackberries and carmel flavors blend nicely. Finish is smooth but not crisp (in a good way). A great winter warmer to be enjoyed by a fire.
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up in a sixer for like $4, liqour store was blowing out the winters, there loss, my gain. This is a very well balanced winter brew, unlike most winter beers that go over the top on direction or the other. Big hops, but rounded out with sweet malts on the finish to the end. Very good beer, and aged well as well. Good score on my part.
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.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Nice and spicy, big-time hops. After a rerate, this is better than I remembered it.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I enjoyed the other full sail varieties a lot more than the wassail. maybe i nee to try another one. the flavor is somewhat overwhelming.
luvcasks (178) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 2007 Rating
Lovely brown nice tan head again
Again the light chocolate, dry fruits and some floral notes with some alcohol notes as well
Lots of malt complexity, with some chocolate, toast, touch of dark fruit followed by a nice spicy hop bite... this year the hop bite is more controlled but lasts long into the finish.
Again a fabulous beer... I always look forward to every winter.
The treat is to see what time does to this one definitely get a couple of six packs :)
2006 - Rating
shiny deep amber with a nice tan head which settles to a nice film on top
Some chocolate, dried fruits and a floral hop nose with some alcohol as the beer warms
Malty with just a touch of chocolatey flavors before a sizeable spicy noble hop takes over into the finish.
Medium light bodied on the tongue with a long dry finish with some creaminess
Overall a very good winterbrew I would have preferred a little more malt complexity... I prefer my winter beers malty. Nonetheless a very well made beer.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I found the nose weak, the taste disappointing, and the palate watery. Nose was burnt. The flavor was very bitter, of the citrus rind variety, with undertones of chocolate. It was nice to look at. Aftertaste was a bit mediciney.