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.
loubar (88) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 Nose is subtle so the toasty, nutty flavor surprises to the upside. Not overly complex. What there is the toastiness on a malt and subtle hops base in a pleasingly balanced offering. Assertive without being excessive. The only thing I don’t like is the high ABV.
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.
ESPh (84) - 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.
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!
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with an orange hue and thick, cream-colored head. The head disappeared rather quickly. Some good lacing for the top half of the glass. Some malty sweetness in the aroma with a good bite from the hops. Great mouth feel through the whole beer. Sweet malt flavors that finish with a bitter hops tingle on the tongue. Good beer.
odannyob (77) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 ounce brown glass bottle into an english pint glass (which means I opened another bottle to top it off to a true pint) and proceeded to explore. Some winter ale’s need to be available year ’round. The Full Sail carton sez "Available for 90 days only", so, enjoy, imbibe when here and wait 275 days or so until the circle twists back.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good brew for the season.