octo (22) - USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
my nose is a little stuffed up. dark reddish pour with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving fhead clumps on the side of the glass. Tastes of strong vanilla, some cinnamon, and a few other holiday type spices.. and kind of tastes like bubble gum. very drinkable. a good winter seasonal thats refreshing in the hot florida weather.
FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It looks to be about 20 SRM and has an awesome malty flavor of toasted oats and caramel with a lot of vanilla, and graham cracker...like a cheese cake crust. really light hop bitterness, probably 10-15 IBUs. Mouthfeel is rich and buttery. 2 finger head which retained well and left a nice lacing down the tulip glass I used. Finish wasn't dry at all and the vanilla came through strong at the finish. Aroma wasn't anything special, no hops, all malt. I am thinking they didn't use any hops in the last 5 minutes of the boil because it virtually had an all malt aroma. Pretty darn good beer, definitely a great session winter beer, abv is 5.8%.
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AGGarcia44 (18) - - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Aroma is caramel, toffee, slight ginger and nutmeg. As beer warms the spices and dark fruit come through. Taste matches aroma but is stronger than what aroma foreshadows. Lasting caramel sweetness with a slight puckering spice finish. As beer warms the dark fruit character comes through.Head quickly dissipates and hugs the rim of the glass creating a lacing effect. Head reforms with an easy swirl.Medium body with a barely noticeable slickness buttery mouthfeel. Very clear light brown in a shadow but deep red with some light. I?d recommend serving at 55-60F as the flavor is much more potent
weissblau (17) - - DEC 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild aroma, stronger flavor. Lots of vanilla and cocoa, some roasted malt flavors in the finish.
IAmTheBeerKing (14) - Cherokee, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great winter Ale - this is what Christmas is all about, you can taste the cinnamon on your tongue after you swallow. Good stuff!
Likes - the winter spice
Dislikes - none
Enjoy-ability - 9.5 out of 10
bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at O’Malley’s in Sylva, NC. Dark cooper color with sweet, light brown head. Outstanding winter brew! Smooth and delicious blend of spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, maybe a bit of chocolate? This is a great wintertime beverage. Better get some soon...it sold out fast last year...we had to hunt all over Western North Carolina last year starting in December. I’ve already started to stock up. If you like winter ales, you will not be disappointed with a cold, Cold Mountain!
Rskillz (4) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably my favorite seasonal I’ve ever drank. Reddish inviting color with a nice tan top. Tastes of cinnamon and spices. Extremely smooth going down. Can’t wait until winter to drink it in context. Great beer.
sdobson (3) - USA - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The perfect winter/christmas beer. In my opinion the best beer made in North Carolina. I enjoyed this beer on tap better than the bottle. Hint of ginger bread with nutmeg and mulling spice.
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.
tzachary (2) - Knoxville, - APR 29, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber poured into Ballast Point pint glass. Although its 80 degrees and humid outside (not really Winter, eh?), the label caught my eye, Earthfare had it on sale, and I had never tasted it before, so here we go. Paired with roasted, unsalted almonds.
Aroma: Subtle vanilla.
Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown, with a 0.25" off-white head. Minimal lacing.
Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is spiced rum and vanilla coke. There’s minimal hop bitterness present, with the main flavor being the smooth, slightly sweet, vanilla.
Palate: Medium bodied, with a slight cream texture. Medium-low carbonation.
Despite the weather being incongruent with the assumed target, this beer was enjoyable.