awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Brother Eric. Pours transparent dark copper/brown with thin foamy white head. Nose is rich cedar and roasted rye malt. Flavor is cheap mild hops and some light malts, lacking in the rye department for taste. Not the best íwinterí beer Iíve had.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a thin ring of spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of semi-sweet toasty grainy rye notes with some English hops and light grapefruity character. Starts with average fullness and a light malty sweetness with some toasted caramel and spicy rye notes before a grassy hoppy, lightly citric finish. Pretty smooth and drinkable.
jb (2018) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at McGregorís Gates. Unimpressed by this, reddish highlights, clear. Very malty, some doughy notes, along with caramel. not much going on here. So so.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours amber red with a decent head that reduces to a surface head of 1/8 th inch. Aroma of caramel, peach, and perhaps nutmeg. The flavor has some caramel and fruit, very mild spice. The palate holds up well. Overall, pretty nice.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An draft at MacGregorís in Henrietta. Dark amber. Sweet and a touch fruity. Very easy to drink and quite tasty. It is what it claims to be - a mild winter warmer.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Mr. Goodbar Beer Club. Copper, white head. Nose is malt, a little nutty, rye. Flavor is a bit of spiciness nicely balanced by caramel & toffee. Quite nice malty but bitter finish.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber with a thin off white head. Light spicy rye aroma with some light sweeter notes. The flavor is well balanced. Rye notes are up front, but donít dominate. A light caramel sweetness, with some nice spicy hop notes. A very solid sessionable winter seasonal.
harrisoni (12477) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Clear deep brown with lasting beige head. Itís a mild. Whoohooo, America made a proper mild!!!!!! Itís not stupid big hop, oh but it is bitter on the finish. So itís a bitter then, so a premium bitter. With some Rye. Mild on the aroma, quite drinkable in the mouth, some cereal and then some moderate hop on finish. Decent premium bitter.
tmoreau (2054) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured to a fluted fest glass at Brixieís Holiday Beer Tasting in Brookfield, IL. The color was a brownish amber with a modest, off white foam to the head, and light streaks as lacing. The aroma was a little grain, roasted malt, a touch of caramel, and very light hints of coffee and spice. The flavor was similar, with smooth malt and a subtle hop bitterness to balance. Not a warming winter ale but one to refresh before the snow begins to fly, and after it is gone.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice deep red, with a large, foamy white head. Smells of malt, chocolate, and i got a very small hint of coffee. Tastes of mostly malt, not much else, and I didnít get any sense of rye in this beer. Nice beer.