Krausen (102) - USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite winterbrew this year, great malty, chocolatly taste with a spicy english hop finish. This years batch has a great balance of hop flavor and bitterness with a chewy malt body. Well done!
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appearance: Murky brown with a thin, fizzy head. Moderate lacing around the sides. Aroma: A nose of brown sugar, malts and a hint of spice. Flavor: Nuts, caramel, spice, with a little alcohol on the backside. Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall: Nothing too impressive. Note: It is a winter seasonal, but I see nothing wrong with drinking it in the middle of summer.
Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance- This beer poured a nice dark, amber color with a huge, fluffy off white head. Lacing was present throughout the life of the beer. Beer had a best by date of April.
Smell- This beer had a huge malty richness with great chocolate and caramel notes. A slight hint of hoppiness was present. Had a nice sour fruitiness to it as well.
Taste- This beer was full of malts and fruits. Very interesting brew. The beer had alcoholic esters which gave me a slight warming sensation which was balanced nicely with hints of chocolates and fruits. Again, as in the smell, a nice hint of hops was present.
Mouthfeel- Nice, thick, creamy body with medium carbonation.
Overall- This was a great beer which would be awesome during the Christmas season. Not one of my favorite winter warmers but still a wonderful winter beer.
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty big malty aromas of chocolate, caramel and roast. Balanced out with just a bit of resiny bitterness. Dark ruby-brown, clear, head quick to fade. Medium malty sweetness of chocolate and caramel with a hint of roast. Medium resin hop bitterness. Bitter attack with balanced middle and a long dry and astringent bitter-choco-roast finish. Medium body, very lively carbonation, sticky texture. Different than I remember it but I spose that’s because the recipe varies from year to year. I like it. Stands apart from lots of other northwest winter warmers because of the chocolate malt.
DANEgerous (92) - Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Rich, notes of toasted grain and and earthy aromas
Appearance: Deep Amber with an almond head
Taste: Starts off sharp with pine notes and fade into a deep somewhat bitter hops and note of cirrius
Palate: medium body with a soft almost velvety carbonation and long fairly aromatic finish.
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 Aroma has pleasant esters reminiscent of Scottish-style ales. Cascade and/or other West-coast hops prevail over a thick caramel and toasted-malt base. Flavor is, however, quite green and hot. I would guess this beer was fermented warm. There’s a mildly astringent and off-putting character lurking in the background. It’s otherwise possible this beer is contaminated. Had similar issues with Full Sail’s Scottish-Ale, which was acidic and overwhelmed with acetaldehyde. Whatever it is, it reminds me of my earliest homebrew batches. Substantial dark crystal malt does well to mask this flaw, with its dark fruit and toffee flavors. I also detect the grassy, oily trademarks of dry-hopping. Beer is full and malt-balanced and just barely sweet. Definitely will veer away from this brewery in the future, I’m sorry to say. This would only be an average winter ale without its flaws.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - JAN 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber colored full bodided beer with a beige head. Malty aroma. Sweet up front with a bitter finish.
ESPh (89) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark pour with a thick white head. Feint roasted malt, nutty aroma. Tastes of roasted malt, slightly sweet and nutty with a slightly bitter finish. Very nice.
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bottle, brown in color with decent tan head. Taste of medicine. Medium body. Balanced flavors.
lipscomb216 (80) - USA - NOV 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this puppy in a 12 oz bottle. Hoppy smell and bite, was almost like drinking a pine forest. Light in body, not too much carbponation, a perfect winter brew for me to enjoy. Drink up!