chalicemaster (109) - 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.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
itís pretty heavily spiced...and not well. I love North Coast, but after giving this beer a second, third chance, etc, I wonít drink it again. Easily their weakest offering ever."
MadIndian (2414) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle gift from SJ. Some funk, herbs, caramel and spice. Brew warmed my chest as it went down. Got better as it warmed up. Body was thin.
Headbanger (3325) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours a darker brown with a small head. Aroma of spices and malt. Taste of the same with more spices. This medium to full bodied brew is a nice little holiday brew.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Tap] Pours a deep, dark brown color. Very little head on top. Aroma of roasted malts. More spice in the taste. Cocoa powder, nutmeg, sticky molasses, light wood smoke and tobacco in the flavor. A little thinner than expected. Low carbonation levels. OK overall. Tasting notes from 2/2014.
rondphoto (2084) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
@ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Clear brown with a head that drops quickly to a light cover, no lace. Off-tasting malt with vegetable herbs that is prominent enough to be present when I donít know the recipe. Maybe it goes where the brewer intends, but it isnít a very desirable place. Not a keeper.
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Malty aroma, hint of spice, slight slat. Flat, slight spice, some caramel and bread. This is pretty bad.
phaleslu (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a cloudy amber color with a beige head that laces the glass. The aroma has a blend of winter spices, with brown sugar, toasted malts, and nuts. The flavor goes pretty much the same way. The spices are not overpowering, and follow a nutmeg-cinnamon-allspice range. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, dry, spicy mouthfeel. Really toasty, which is nice when balanced with some spice. Worked for me.
julesy831 (5) - - JAN 11, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much flavor for a beer that looks as nice as it does. Smooth but mild tasting
b3shine (5574) - Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a mostly transparent dark amberish brown with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes like a brown ale with notes of malt and a bit of bread, winter spices, and toastiness. Average on the palate. Okay.
bubblehouse (432) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very carbonated when poured. Taste like a nutbrown. Descent aroma lacking in flavor. Would drink again but probably only in a pinch.