asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours mahogany with a light tan head. Aroma is predominately malty with bread, caramel, Walkers shortbread, and spruce hops. Flavor is caramel, nuts, brown bread, cocoa powder, and honey. Hops come in the flavor as well to balance out, adding a spicy hop profile to the beer. On the palate the beer is medium-bodied, smoothy, and creamy.
pumpmaster (1263) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $7.49/6-pack. Very good.
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid brew. A bit different than the usual winter ale. Malty hoppy dark brown ruby color. Taste some toffee brown sugar earthy woodsy sweet dark fruit. Dry tart bitter finish. A nice treat will revisit next winter.
asedzie (660) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep ruby/brown. Beige head - small with good retention. Nose has bread and dark fruits - huckleberry, some dark cherry - mild spice. Flavor is rich and inviting, lightly roasted dark bread, some molasses-like sweetness, floral-like hops hops present in the middle and become prominent towards the end, along with bitter orange-like bitterness. Palate is quite full and deep. Excellent representation of the style and everything a holiday/winter ale should be.
zizzybalubba (1604) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of graham cracker and toffee malts. Taste is malt forward, not surprisingly, with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel flavors and just a bit of floral hop presence to counter-balance. Some warmth on the finish. Succeeds as a very good English strong ale/Winter warmer.
bkurtz (983) - PERU - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours a clear brown with some red highlights and a small head. Rich malt backbone with some caramel. Creamy caramel taste with an alcohol note. Nice winter warmer.
beertholomeus (1150) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep amber color with a off white head. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, malt and earthy hop aroma and flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation.
hockey9930 (151) - - DEC 29, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark ruby with a one finger tan head. Aroma is a strange combination of citrus and sprucey hops with dark chocolate and vanilla. Dark malt flavor with a hoppy finish and after taste. Moderately heavy and creamy.
beerbaaron (1643) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish with creamy off white tan head. Earthy bitterness. Some Roasty. Dry. Metallic? The fact that I generally don’t care much for ’winter ales’ or English style ales in general skews my view here probably.
mcberko (9174) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Trumpeter Public House, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out Christmas spices, bready malt and a touch of caramel. Flavour is dominated by the Christmas spices, with dry bready malt on the back. Not the most thrilling winter ale - too much spice for my taste. It’s okay.
Sarlacc83 (1328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, gifted to me. Thanks!
A: Nearly pitch black, creme colored foam, some lacing.
N: Peppercorn, rye, baker’s chocolate, some coffee, a lot of earth and leaf in here. Pine, and a bit of herbs. Char and toast.
T: Quite bitter, moderately sweet.
M: Medium body, alcohol is noticeable, fizzy carbonation.
O: This always makes me think of Claymation Christmas. Whatever the case may be, i would carol for some of this. It’s heavily bitter, but it tastes like Christmas.