Fatehunter (1335) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two fingers of tan head on a copper colored body.
The smell is candy, wet grain and lemon.
The taste is a moderate bitter and malt mix. A little unbalanced. The sweetness comes through stronger beginning to middle with dry bitter ending.
Moderate carbonation and medium body with a slight sticky feeling.
An enjoyable drink.
Kronebryg (1073) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Little head, Golden brown. Light nose with notes of hops. Medium body and length. Caramel and grapefruit.
Iphonephan (3534) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at rustico Arlington. Pours a deep amber with a thick off white head leaving heavy lacing. Crisp hop aroma. Toffee notes softening an intense hop bitterness. Tasty.
obguthr (4021) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wood and nut nose. Clear copper, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Burned toast with walnut accents. Walnuts linger on the palate and provide a pleasant bitterness. Nice, but doesn’t excite very much.
mzaar (1687) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bärnstensfärgad öl, med ett massivt och långvarigt skum. Ser oerhört snyggt ut. Doftar av aprikos, knäck och mörk sirap. Samma går igen i smaken, upptill några brända toner.
Cool_Bond (1531) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells minimal, taste not so much more. However, the more flavor in the aftertaste. Boring beer unfortunately. Would not recomend this beer. Thin in flavor.
mikeyswede (37) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really like this winter ale it has a fresh fresh taste and I’ll have it any time
rarbring (1496) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Distinct smell of grape fruit, combined with grass, bread and a bit of ... almond? In all very floral.
Appearance: Clear dark amber liquid, much foam with remaining laces.
Taste: The taste is dominated by the hops in citric aromas combined with sweet caramel malt, a well balanced brew.
Palate: Good carbonation which makes it pleasant to drink.
Overall: Perfect on a snowy evening like this!
2012-01-21: A vertical tasting of ’11, ’10 and ’09 shows that storing does not improve this beer. Reviewed 2009-12-15.
Maltmann (4) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Systembolaget. As nice as ever, maybe it should have been a bit heavier considering the winter season.
binarybrew (1) - - DEC 3, 2012 does not count
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lacks spice and aromas found in most winter ales, no cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cloves notes in the flavors or aromas.
Low ABV is not as warming as other winter ales.
There is a great hop flavor that is typically uncharacteristic of most winter ales, more bittering hops than aroma hops
This is also missing the malty sweetness found in higher gravity winter ales.
Overall this is a great strong ale, but not necessarily a great winter ale when compared to the typical styles of other winter ales.