odannyob (125) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2015 This is a re-rate from the final month of 2K15.
Again, 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 aleís need to be available year íround. 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. Glad itís back for the holidaze.
ESPh (123) - 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.
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.
deprogram (115) - 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.
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.
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color, spicy candylike aroma. Caramel malty flavor. Nice but unspectactular winter.
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.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an ebony color with a one-inch tan head. Malty, somewhat floral aroma with a hint of evergreen. Taste is malty, a bit roasted, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good hops balance. It has a deep flavor, with lots of character, that really speaks to the tastebuds. Soft mouthfeel. I’d like to pair this brew with a hearty stew or a stroganoff dish.
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. This ale was a beauty. It poured a brilliant dark red with an inch thick cream-colored head. The head stuck around and left some nice lacing behind. The aroma and flavor were both a mixture of molasses, light grain, resin, light woodiness, brown sugar, and some undetermined spices. There was also a subtle dark fruit flavor that I am almost convinced was cranberry.
The initial flavor was a heavy sweetness that allowed some bitterness to squeak in on the finish. Overall, I would describe this ale as "heavy." It sat heavy on the tongue and against the palate, with only soft carbonation to lighten the heaviness. It was heavy on flavor, balancing malts and hops rather well. It was heavy on its malts.
This is what a winter ale should taste like!