bhensonb (13510) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was one of the original ’93 bottles. It seems to have spent 12 years in the back of a cool dark cabinet. Lots of sediment, so it may well have been live. The carbonation is very reduced, and there is a strong hint of sweetness. A subdued nutmeg and nifty raspberry. Seems a very nice and very smooth brown ale. Very English in the presentation. A great memorial to Walter Dobrowney.
jeffkendall (2) - - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, as the air gets cold, and the snow approaches, what I wouldn’t give for a bottle of this stuff now. As I understand, the Pete’s brand is now gone. Most of their offerings were just OK in my book. But this winter offering of theirs was just the best. I’m not much of a fan of beer that has fruit flavors in it, but this one was an exception. I’ve tried a lot of great brews in my 51 years, but this one was certainly in the top 5 of all beers that I’ve enjoyed. Nothing like sitting on the back porch during a snowstorm, with flakes piling up on your head while you put sown a few of these. Certainly beats sitting on the beach drinking Corona. Anyone have a bottle of it stashed away that they want to sell?
Headbanger (3720) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle 3/02 (Old Notes)-Pours a medium amber with a decent off white head. Aroma of spices, raspberry, and malt. Taste of the same with a nutty presence as well. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth. A nice tasting winter brew.
Cunningham (6441) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 From an old notebook. Bottle in Half Moon Bay, San Fransisco. Amber colour with a tan head. Malty and fruity aroma. Spicy and fruity flavour.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle, reviewed from my notes. Dark murky brown color with a nice head. The raspberry and nutmeg actually come through nice. Drinkable for a winter brew not overally spiced.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winter Brew--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. (2.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Deep Amber Copper color. Very Clear and good head. Light body and dry finish. Light nutmeg flavor with a hint of raspberry fruit. Tasty, but very restrained and light. Sampled 10/30/1998.
Winter Brew--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Pours thick. Raspberry red purple amber color. Light raspberry nutmeg spiced front. Malty body with rich tasty light spice accent caramel malt. Understated for a seasonal but tasty as a regular amber. Sampled 10/23/1999.
Pete’s Wicked Winter Brew--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced. Clear rich dark amber color with bronze hints. Light nutmeg raspberry aromas in light toasted front. Crisp toasted mildly sweet caramel body. Dry earthy texture. Light spicy end. Small Winter nice Amber. Sampled 7/25/2002.
Winter Brew--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Clear rich raspberry amber color. Mild berry nutmeg spice front. Toasted mild caramel malt fruit body with light sweet texture. Light floral Tettnang & Cascade hops. Clean citrus nutmeg hop spice end. Mild. Sampled 1/4/2001.
Pete’s Wicked Winter Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 20 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced. Clear rich burnt amber red color. Fizzy thin lacy head. Malty mild raspberry nutmeg floral mild hop front. Malty creamy mildly spicy sweet toasted caramel mild fruit body. Smooth mild hop spice end. Sampled 10/8/2003.
Pete’s Wicked Winter Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 20 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced. Clear bright thin amber red color. Thin lacy head. CO2 tangy mild hop raspberry nutmeg front. Slightly creamy mild sweet fruit biscuit body. Clean mild hop spice end. Clean smooth Amber Ale flavor. Sampled 1/8/2004.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a copper body with an off white head. Malty sweet dried fruit and a touch of tin, light spices and light bodied, hardly a good winter warmer, and i don’t mean the style.
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color topped with a medium thick creamy head that leaves plenty of lace. Sweet raspberry aroma with a hint of malt and spice. Sweet light raspberry flavor with a malty background and a touch of hoppiness. The finish is nutty. Dry and medium bodied.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of raspberry syrup. Tastes of processed raspberry drink with some citrussy splashes on the finish.
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting beer. A bit too fruity to really be a winter brew. Some spice, some malt, and some hops. Not bad, but just doesnt seem like a winter beer.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruddy brown with a big foamy head. Nose is sweet and malty with berry. I actually kind of like this one, with a subtle spice flavor to go with the raspberry. It’s quite refreshing and a good session beer to feed my sweet tooth.