braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful nutty brown color, clear and has small bubbles coming up from bottom entire time. Aromas of raisin, prune and dark fruit. Roasted smell too, with a creamy light tan head. Leaves a nice lace on glass. Sweetness strikes first, touch of vanilla and I get a hint of citrus zest. Spicy flavors follow with black pepper and a general nuttiness. Finish is a roasted coffee bitterness. Has a nice warming effect and a sort of foamy volume to it. One of the best winter warmers Iíve had so far.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another great winter brew. not as sharp or full-bodied as the dark strength of the WinterNakt, but a pleasent malty flavor, with a paletable aftertaste.
Treephiend (58) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark red with a small light brown head. The aroma is spicy and citrusy. The flavor is paced with roasted malt and hops. It balances very well. Solid brew.
odannyob (55) - 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 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.
SFtaster (53) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured this from a 12 oz bottle during a holiday ale tasting that I organized. This was my favorite ahead of seasonal offerings from Anchor, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Deschutes. Plenty of spice and carmel flavor, and enough hops to provide balance.
pik5el (53) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a garnet color out of the bottle, with a bit of lacing. Malty and fruity aroma. Creamy chocolate and clovish taste, with lingering alcohol... hops creep in at the end. Not my favorite winter ale.
bugsizzy (52) - USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle very dark with a thick lumpy head that faded with some nice lacing. Taste is a great blend of slightly sweet bready chewy malts balanced with subtle hops.
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BrownDogBeer (50) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. pours a deep brown with a light tan head. Aroma is a little nutty with what i think are hints of coffee. . Medium to full body. It has a slightly nutty taste with hints of coffee and malt, may ee a little caramel also.
alcamp99 (47) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good dark color; thin head with notes of toast and spice; some caramel. Nice holiday offering.
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful aroma. Initial impression is warm, toasty and complex - myriad spices and dried fruits. Lingering, bitter palate very malty and nutty in character. A very challenging beer not for the faint of heart - definitely full of holiday cheer.