AHouse (18) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth light tasting with an after taste that sneaks up on you. Excellent winter ale, puts you in the spirit.
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Coca-cola colored, no head, medium fizz. Smells a bit like grapes and chocolate. A great balance of hops and malt. Bitter aftertaste lasts just the right amount of time. I'd gladly drink this beer all year long. It's all about the balance! One of my most favorite beers.
ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím new at rating but this was pretty good! Spicy flavor reminescent of eggnog with cinnamon and nutmeg. Not too sweet yet not overly hoppy.
imrichbeeeatch (16) - USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Late 2005, on tap at local restaurant. Pours deep mahogany color with nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt and nice American hops. Resin, citrus, pine. The aroma was probably my favorite part of the beer. The first taste is all hops, tasted as expected from aroma. Then it turned sweet. I was able to taste the bready malt and a slight chocolate flavor which was nice. Then the hops snap back into action, cleaning my mouth. It has nice body, full but not heavy. It was a little to sweet for my taste. Fine beer, but not my favorite from these guys.
akaufman (16) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is right up there with deschutes for me for the best winter ale in the northwest. It is really good. I also like Full Sailís Barleywine.
homebrew (15) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Warmer than it feels, and drier than it tastes. This feels a little light for a winter warmer, but "winter warmer" isnít a defined style for a reason. Good flavor, malt balance. Pleasantly hoppy for a winter beer. Sticky finish.
Hulagai (14) - Myrtle Creek, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2005
1.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
A gastly winter holiday brew. Heavy on the malt and bitter like a bad yeast culture. This brew makes my own bad brew attempts look better. The aroma and appearance are the best part. I have a six pack and will be giving the other 5 bottles to my enemies.
BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great winter ale. Great combination of spices for the cold holidays. Up here in eastern Washington, we have cold weather 7 months out of the year. This is a great blend of winter spices with great smell and taste. Very enjoyable.
leon919 (10) - San Jose, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much of an aroma. Itís dark and reddish in color. Unfortunately, not much of a head. Nice sharp taste with just a touch of bitterness at the end
daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong flavors of both malt and bitter hops; Thick, sweet, nutty, spicy, dry. Finishes with a hoppy flavor (and dry mouthfeel). Itís hard for me to drink more than one in a sitting, but I have a good time.