bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a great brown with tan head. Aromas are great, lots of sweet malts. The vanilla on the finish is very strong, but not cloyingly sweet. Really great, could put away quite a few of these.
zeek (167) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A robust beer that isn’t overly spiced so you can drink multiple pints at one sitting.
Aroma is very nice, although somewhat muted for a spiced beer. Pours beautifully, looks great.
Tastes great, a little sweet, finishes with a candy like after taste that is very nice.
Will buy again!
22415brewery (371) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed as a Winter Warmer:
Nice dark amber with ruby highlights, the first thing I think of is vanilla then spices. This can be a very tasty and flavorful holiday ale with a smooth caramel and chocolate spiced aroma followed by a large hit of diacetyl that adds to the buttery-vanilla finish. I’m not sure if a taste flaw is what the brewer intended, but either way it is a very sweet-finishing and easy drinking beer. The finish is a bit, flat, could use more body, and a bit lacking in that it could use a bump up in ABV%. We did agree however after the last sip that the overly-spiced finish (vanilla mainly) was cloying and concluded that it was nice to try once, but would not drink multiple pints.
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little head with a ruby red color.Great chocolate aroma and taste with a light vanilla smooth finish. One of the better local consistent winter beers.
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I did try this at a party about two years ago and still remember it well. The flavour was a very artificial kind of mint-grain taste that didn’t appeal at all. Don’t know if the appearance looked different, drank it from the bottle. Didn’t find it appealing at all, the flavour was far too forced for my liking.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head was of ’average’ size (what is that, exactly?) and tan in colour. The body was clear and darkish amber in hue. Both aroma and taste were reminiscent of what I believe to be plums, with some additional spicing in the taste. Mouthfeel was solid, and the aftertaste was unremarkable.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tawny tan in colour with a peppery caramel nose. The taste really impressed me: butterscotch, candied yams, slight creamy syrup. Something about this reminds me of Anchor Steam’s Bock and their annual holiday brews. Would love to see this recipe steeped up a bit in hops and ABV and it would be stellar...but I enjoyed this very much as it is.
EHGsean (28) - CANADA - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
As holiday ales go, this pales by comparison to a lot of biger, maltier, versions of the style. No alcohol warmth that is typically present in a "winter warmer" or holiday ale, but this beer is designed more for the general public, rather than the beer snob crowd. Chocolate and vanilla all the way through the beer make this a good after dinner pour.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured a clear amber/maple syrup color. The head was off white. Pleasant aroma of cinnamon donut, sweet cream, and a bit of spicy malt. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet up front with a dry-ish finish. I tasted cinnamon donut, cola, and a ytouch of sassafras. Decent beer.
abubbaofbeer (3) - , CANADA - DEC 26, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great vanilla smooth finish. A brown slightly red colour and thicker but small head. One of the better local consistent winter beers.