Tmoney99 (11094) - 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 (3019) - 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 (7970) - 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 (818) - 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 (4110) - Cox’s 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 it’s added after the fact...and doesn’t quite fit in.
Watery...it could be much better with more body and strength.
Chudwick (2216) - 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.
DrSilverworm (6979) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Clear sort of brown / red color. Little khaki head, some lace. Maltier taste, moderate spice, some cola, hint of chocolate. Little thin for me, I’m not used to winter-spice beers of this ABV. Soft, lighter carbonation, lighter body. Spicy aftertaste. Light bitter and spice taste. For this ABV, not as smooth or as easy to drink as I hoped, a bit thin.
jtclockwork (8962) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice dark pour in glass. Nose and taste is a little weak. Some hints at cookie, caramel and breads. Rated 3/4/03
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
North Coast Brewing Company--Wintertime Ale. 12 oz. Bottle. 6.9% ABV.
1997-8 Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Declared as Belgian Style, but cloudy dark bronze color betrays the style. Touch of belgian yeast flavor is overwhelmed by rich malt body and hop finish. Flavorful not sweet like many Belgians. Sampled 12/4/1998.
2001 Release. (3.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin copper bronze color. Rich laced head. Smoky piney nutmeg hop front. Thin roasted dry spicy body. Hops battle holiday spice. Crisp and smooth but thin. Odd hop nutmeg pine end. Sampled 10/27/2001.
2002 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich thin bright amber red color. Mild lacy head. Belgian mild toast spruce rich floral spice front. Crisp dry sweet mild Belgian rich earthy spicy toasted caramel body. Belgian hot hop end. Complex. Sampled 1/14/2003.