chalicemaster (110) - Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As a winter ale, itís disappointing. Itís not that interesting, or special, but something about Wintertime Ale was very drinkable. To start with, the mouth-feel is very rich and textured but delicately so. An interesting tea taste shines through and works better than I would have imagined. Slight hops aftertaste, with a little floral in there too - enough going on but not too muddled. If they relabeled this as as a farmhouse ale, I think itíd do pretty good.
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color out of the bottle with a fluffy ivory colored head. Nice sweet malt nose with some spice. Sweet beer with lots of caramel, toasted white bread, some green tea and a little spice sense to it. Flavorful winter seasonal.
cheap (4292) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Malty from the start. Malt in the smell. From a bottle. Yes malty is the word, very little if any hops. Not much co2. Very little alky impact, just malted milk. Smooth, a little cloying. Not medicianl, just a little cloying again on the finish. Canít taste much spice, just a malty laid back beer. Same on the finish; laid back malty flat with little alky impact. Normally I like low alky beers but I think this is too much malt..
Tmoney99 (11228) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured clear ruby color with medium frothy off-white head that was that lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate sweet malt and herbal aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture with flat carbonation. Medium sweet malt and spice flavor with a medium sweet finish. Soft brew.
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Light soapy aroma.... not a whole lot to smell. Clear amber with a large ivory head, decent lacing. Watery barley malt, and light grassy hops. Light watery body.
shrubber85 (8104) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Light caramel malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and light herbal hops flavor. Boring.
sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Light bronze, unimpressive fizzy white head diminishes into nothing. Aroma sweet, malty, caramel, bread. Flavor is more sour and adds a light-to-medium hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. Weak throughout. Not an impressive offering whatsoever from North Coast.
Patrickctenchi (4260) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly clear, woody-amber with a tall, thick, yellow-tan head.
Scent is spiced bread...caramel.
Taste is malty, slightly bitter.
The spicing is a little off...like itís added after the fact...and doesnít quite fit in.
Watery...it could be much better with more body and strength.
Chudwick (2251) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 rerate on 3/1/14 - 12oz bottle - much better than I remember it. Just malty all around with some spice in the finish.
12oz bottle - pours amber with tan head and modest lacing. Nose is not overwhelmingly spicy for the style. Flavor adds caramel, bread, herbal hops and a light roast. Sweet. Medium body and soft carbonation. A little sticky. Decent for the style, but I expected more from NCBC. 6/3/6/3/10 or 2.8 on 11/16/12
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I guess this one is out of retirement. Poured a light brown with one finger head, high carbonation. Aromas of bread, caramel, toffee all very weak though. The taste has some caramel and cherry notes with a weak bitter finish, very thin mouthfeel. Overall its an average ale.