pmfreed (2) - USA - APR 8, 2006 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color with a average-sized, lasting, cream-colored head. I picked up a strong malty/sweet aroma that overpowered some of the winter spices I was hoping to smell. The spices came through a bit more at first taste, but give way quickly to smooth toffee/caramel flavor. A bit lighter and milder than other winter ales I’ve had.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2006
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to JPDipso for sharing this. Pours a clear amber color, small white head. Aroma is baby powder, cinnamon lots of other spices lavender. Flavor is sweet, more lavender and spice, malty, not a lot of hops, strange candy sweetness.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to JPDIPSO for sharing the bottle! Poured a clear medium toffee with a light beige ring for head. Medium caramel, wintry spices, toffee, cocoa powder, and baby powder provide an odd blend in the nose. Flavor was heavier, and full of caramel and toffee maltage... baby powder, powdered sugar, nutmeg, and brown sugar provided somewhat complimentary spicage. Somehow watery on the palate with sharp, sticky sweet malts and a hint of alcohol. Not-too-drinkable... but OK.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, translucent and amber-mahogany in color with some miscellaneous amoeba strands and a vellum-like wrung to serve as the head. Quite an intriguing aroma - strawberry shortcake, plastic squeeze toys, pool inner tubes, and brown sugar marinade poured over freshly bathed puppies. Flavor is much in the same, only in liquid form. Angel food cake sides with baby powder (Chuck nailed it) and crested shortcake batter. Slight pistachio juices seep in upon extraction. Pillowy cotton and edible Cabbage Patch Kids. Some syrupy boysenberries dominate the fruit esters. Strange, but I liked it. Thanks for sharing, JPDIPSO.
1FastSTi (3272) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours to a glowing brassy body with a thin tan head. The aroma is spicy hops and strawberry perfume. The flavor is bitter strawberry perfumey hops. Fruitcake. The palate is average.
MIBRomeo (2484) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark mahogony in color w/ a small tan head and some nice lacing. Smells of baby powder and some light malts, very odd, a few other light spices in the back. Palate is full and fairly well carbonted. Flavor is odd, the baby powder wont go away, fairly sweet some odd spices in the finish. Not something i can drink.
Gachupines (787) - USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a thin lacing of white head. Taste is strong malts with chocolate, carmel and some strong spice flavors. Detect some notes of hazlenut as well combining for an overall flavor of malt, spice and a slight nutty brown ale character. Very interesting especially considering the low abv.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in appearance, with aromas od caramel malt, almonds, spices, and some hops. The taste had a spiced and malty chocolatey element, with some brown sugar and hazelnuts. Medium palate.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear chestnut color with a thinbeige head. Aroma was malty with caramel and a nuttiness. Some spices mixed in with notes of grapes as well. Flavor of caramel malt and lightly spiced especially toward the finish. Medium body.
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Started getting the beer this year in Georgia in 22 oz. bombers (without the flip top), so went head and picked some up at Bullock’s on Sandy Plains in Marietta to sample what the North Carolinians have been raving about for so long.
The body came out deep reddish brown with a smallish foamy head that started off at one finger thick, and stayed at that level for a while. The smell was just absent, with even deep inhalation revealing almost nothing, except some timid floral to citric hops. The taste on the other hand was much more expressive, comprising of sweet caramel malt with just a hint of chocolate, winter spices (ginger, cinnamon, and clove), and citric hops all complimenting each other quite nicely. Much lighter in body than most Winter Warmers, with the lively carbonation sparkling across the tongue like a soda, this felt more like a spice enhanced Bitter. Quite easy to drink, and relatively low in ABV, this is very suitable for the milder Southern climate, with its pseudo winter.
May be next year, they can pump up the recipe to the next level, now that the cap has been popped,