bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong, great taste and flavor. This one will sneak up on you if you drink it too fast. Perfect for the holidays. I don’t think there is a better Winter Seasonal beer out there.
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Moderately hopped winter ale.   A bit boring overall, some citrus peel, touch of pith, moderate hop bitterness, with a little malty background.   Not real big, and thankfully not one of those cloying winter versions of an English Strong Ale.   Not bad, but a bit pedestrian.   Clean at least, with a decent balance, just no real pizazz.
BK7 (720) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Lemon, nuts, spice and caramel. Zesty bitterness throughout. Creamy and smooth.
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber coloured body with hints of light brown and a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of bitter malt, nuts, earth, toffee and the slightest hint of spices. Medium-bodied; Assertive malts throughout with some cereal and earth noticeable, a bit of caramelised sugars and again, a tiny bit of spice noticeable showing some cinnamon and nutmeg. Aftertaste shows more of the malt and nuts than anything else - some light sweetness and that’s about it. Overall, a pretty standard offering with the maltiness and toffee coming through the most, but the earth and bitterness showing the harshest flavours. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 11-November-2013 for US$3.49, sampled at home in Washington on 23-December-2013.
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured deep reddish with a moderate head. Lots of malt of sweetness, toasted grains, sweet bread with a hint of char and caramel malts. Some hoppiness and resinous floral tones, but overall this is mostly a malt bomb.
douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium tan head. A sweet malty nose with some spices. The flavor is more big dry caramel, toast, some fruity hops, light spices, lemon zest, some toffee. Quite hoppy. Very good. Very drinkable. Lots of flavor.
Reid (1848) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from "Roths Sunnyslope Market" in S. Salem
Darker amber/red ale with a good sized,long lasting light tan head.
Aromas of toffee/caramel malts and spruce/piney hops,also getting faint licorice nice really.
Taste is way malty at first deep toffee and treacle notes, touch of licorice then satisfying deep hoppiness..finishes semi dry..and long long pleasing finish.
Lovely thick yet moving fast mouth feel.
A really nice satisfying winter ale..loved it
pdx77 (1191) - Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Dark brownish amber color. Aroma is sweet spiced malts and grassy hops. Taste is roasted, sweet malt, pine, and spiced bread. A little bit astringent finish, but has a spiced aftertaste.
pdx76 (585) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle- pours dark cloudy amber with medium frothy head. Nose of hop, malt, and caramel. Taste is of hop, malt, sweet grass, and astringent pine. Dry finish.
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mcberko (5919) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Bailey’s Taproom, pours a hazy dark copper / amber with a small beige head. Aroma is very light, barely anything there, with just some mild spices – not much else. Flavour is sort of cidery, with apple spices, some winter / Xmas spices, but not much else. Extremely light-bodied, with a very light apple / spicy tone. Not bad, quite uninteresting.