RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a clear darker amber brown. No head. Nose is quite malty and caramel toned in a very minimal sense. Seems to be a leafy hint on the back side. Whew. The flavor is...tangy shall we say. The first hit almost goes right back out. The second swig is not nearly so shocking on the tastebuds, but things still aren’t working here. Feel is nice, but this just isn’t doing it for me. Sorry sweetheart, but you’ve got to go.
rustbucket0873 (325) - Krikville, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark amber with ruby highlights, rich malt aroma with floral hops, heavy malt flavor, dry, slight bitterness in the finish
Goodgrief (1907) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
April 2006 - Cider brown pour with decent head and nice lacing. Alcohol nose. Rich full, beer, caramel, a touch of perfumey honey with a bitter finish. Well done.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Barcade. Hazy amber beer with a fine-laced off-white head. Aroma is very fruity, oranges, plums and apples/pears on the nose. Pale malts and a soft fruitiness. Flavour is quite sweet and fruity, but not cloying at all. Loads of berries and cherries with lots of apple/pear esters that are really apparent. A bit of spiciness and moderate earthy hops. Moderate bitterness just balancing the sweet estery component of the brew. It’s not really wintery, but it’s pretty nice.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with firm off-white head. Aroma of malts, yeast, spices and hops. Flavor was sweet malts, clove and a bitter hop finish. Not your typical winter brew, a bit odd in taste but also not bad. I’ll have to try another one.
TheNeil (12) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft: The nose reminds me of caramel with hints of herbs it has a nice sustained head and a hazy copper color. The flavor is nice with a creamy medium roasted maltiness not much in the way of hops but that should be expected with this style. It has a low carbonation level which I think helps mellow it out. I would drink it again but probably not search it out.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear copper with some butterscotch in the nose. Grainy to caramel malt flavor with grassy and earthy hops. A bit of an overchewed gum note as well. Slightly fizzy medium body. Meh.
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours slightly dark copper. Is this Ringwood, am I supposed to dislike this? Its a bit butterscotch and toffee, more so in the aroma. A bit spicy yeastiness. Eh, another Middle Ages beer.
12oz bottle, small goblet glass.
jberti (19) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mahars. Amber copper color, lacking any noticable aroma from the pour. Complex flavors ranging from a spicey fruity (close to a cider) but balanced off by bitter hops. Not a bad winter ale.
beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful deep copper color with a thick white head. MAlty arom with a touch of hops. Toasted malt and carmel come through before the hop bittereness kicks in, Very complex medium mouth feel beer. One of the best "Winter" ales out there.