JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
nice malt in the nose, but an astringent taste turned me off
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Had a the flavors you would expect to find in a winter ale, but just not still not that exciting of a beer.
DrinkMoreBeer (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2006
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rather middle of the road in taste - neither very hoppy or truly rich and malty. On a night when friends and I rated 20 winter beers, this finished a bit below average
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a rather insignificant head. I actually thought it was a bit too hoppy, with some unpleasant sourness. It settled pretty heavily on my tongue.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black liquorice and cherry aroma, I also get some strawberries in there too, Pours a dark ruby red, thin filmy head. Flavor consists of oak, sage, and dark bitter chocolate, very creamy finish. Palate is biting, sour, and bitter in the finish.
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 Aroma has pleasant esters reminiscent of Scottish-style ales. Cascade and/or other West-coast hops prevail over a thick caramel and toasted-malt base. Flavor is, however, quite green and hot. I would guess this beer was fermented warm. Thereís a mildly astringent and off-putting character lurking in the background. Itís otherwise possible this beer is contaminated. Had similar issues with Full Sailís Scottish-Ale, which was acidic and overwhelmed with acetaldehyde. Whatever it is, it reminds me of my earliest homebrew batches. Substantial dark crystal malt does well to mask this flaw, with its dark fruit and toffee flavors. I also detect the grassy, oily trademarks of dry-hopping. Beer is full and malt-balanced and just barely sweet. Definitely will veer away from this brewery in the future, Iím sorry to say. This would only be an average winter ale without its flaws.
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
nice amber pour with a bubbled thin grey head. aroma is brisket, with a lot of salt. sour taste is not good. also a salty egg flavor. no bueno. some mesquite in the finish which is good in a steak, but bad in a beer. ugh.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, BBD 041106 from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN. Dark translucent brown with a lasting thick off-white fluffy head, touch of fine lacing...nose of sweet spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, earthy malts, and an unfortunately large dollop of plastic...body somewhat on the thin side, roasty, moderately sweet, with caramel maltiness and large hops towards the finish....seems fairly dry and "flat" in the flavor department to me. Big disappointment.
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep clear maroon pour with a beige head. Slightly skunky malt smell to it, with a taste of some dark toasty tart malt. Unusual flavor for sure. Not particularly good, but also not bad. Drinkable, and gets a bit better as it warms to me. Light char and burnt notes, and despite my low rating, this is worth a try for its uniqueness.
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep, muddy brown, almost opaque pour with red highlights, foam comes then goes. Scent is mildly citric, flavor is peppery w/a touch of caraway, with lots of sour notes. The hopping is heavy, the main flavor being that of old wood. Not my cup of beer.