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.
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good winter beer, pretty strong, youll feel it after one or two. Came in a mix pack, but would definitley buy a 6er.
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color. Very small head which faded quickly. Aroma is some citrus hops, coffee, and some smoke. Flavor is very well balanced with a lot of toasted malt, and a fair bit of hop bitterness. FInishes well, with lingering hops and just a hint of alchohol. Only complaint is the small head. A very solid beer all around. Highly recommend! Paired very well with beef.
Quietman (173) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown.Sweet spicy aroma.Some citrus and brown sugar.Subtle sweetness,hoppy bitterness.Medium body.Not bad.
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a beautiful dark red with a nice light brown head. Aroma is sweet, citrisy and of toasted something that I can’t discern. But I like it. Taste is full with strong notes of roasted malts, hops and nutmeg. Finish is dry, strong and bitter. Nice winter ale overall.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. I liked it after the second beer. The first beer (which counts) left a strange but welcome taste.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep red to brown color. Small white head. Aroma reminded me of my grandmother's cabbage rolls. Flavor started out strongly as grapefruit. That (surprisingly) faded very quickly. Mellowed out incredibly in the middle to a malty sweetnes and finished with only a slight bit of hop flavor. Very unique.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tried this one a year ago and was stoked to see it onthe shelf again this season. This was one of my favorite winter ales. I’m sure it’s due to the shit load of cascade hops but there’s more...Aroma is slight but has a classic NW India Pale. The color give a hint to the malt character that hides within... deep mahogony. The carbonation on the toungue brings out a ton of the aroma-flavor that seems hidden early on..Big hops. The finish is a little tart and bitter...I would expect more sweetness from a winter. BUT>>>as a hop head this has to be my favorite seasonal so far. A ton of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma should keep you on the look out for this one all season.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Beer pours mahogany with a nice head. Spicy, medium body, and very balanced. Drinkable holiday brew but tastier can be found...