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!
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours deep mahogany, with a thin head, sweet aroma of plums and rasins which carry through in the flavor, rasiny with a balnced bitterness, a very drinkable x-mas ale
ESPh (106) - 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.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 Deep red with small, quickly diminishing head. Spicy and malty, with a good deal of burnt flavors. Still has a bit of hop kick , especially for a Christmas ale, but they aren't overdone.
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a very sharp hoppy flavor that really hits your tongue with some force. It really reminds me of a pine tree, which is nice in a way since I miss western oregon so much. There is also a slight malt base flavor to it that makes sure this beer isnít completely bitter. Not to bad a beer from full sail.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Tap). Nice very dark brown. Nice feeling on the palate. Has mild chocolate taste without feeling too much like coffee. Very enjoyable brew, hope to have another soon.
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 thatís 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.