steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice color to it. A little watery but still pretty enjoyable. Nice finish to it. Spices very apparent as it goes down. Wish I had more of this one. Not the best winter beer out there but enjoyable. Much better than the Leinies winter offering.
nearbeer (4050) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. Clear dark copper with a lasting film of foam. Nose is chocolate-dipped banana, clove, and light lacquer. Flavor is banana bread, molasses, clove and toasted walnut. Light body is fizzy and to the sweet side, but balanced by a dryish finish. Not a bad; but neither a great, dunkel hefeweissen. That’s the jovial attitude I’ll take this one on with; and hope that someone was mistaken (or perhaps joking) in categorizing this one as an "English Strong".
captain_insano (20) - Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was very surprised when I tried this. I expected more of a classic winter seasonal. Instead I got a very malty, sweet brew. I was expecting more out of this one, especially from Point, who usually has really solid beers.
Suttree (5420) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Exactly the type of winter beer I don’t like. Heavy, cloying, syrupy. The spices were muddled with no "pop" whatsoever. Just kind of a heavy, gooey mess.
AirForceHops (4155) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle from Bert’s Better Beers. Used English pint glass. Color is a nearly see through amber, light carbonation that produces a respectable amount of head. Laced well all the way until finish. Nose is strictly light malt. Sweet flavors dominate the palate. Sugar, bready malt and toffee are the flavors I’m getting. Residual sugar lingers in the finish. Not bad in any way but nothing that makes it memorable either.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color. Looks like an awesome beer when in a glass. Toffee and caramel aromas . Not much flavor...just sweet malt. Disappointing with flavor. Clean finish. Actually, really good body-palate. Perfect mix of carb and body. Impressive from that standpoint. Avg overall
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours brown with thin khaki head. Aromas of malts and some roasty malt notes some toffee and woodsy notes. Flavor is weak for a strong ale sweet and a bit watery some yeast also . Body is on the light side and finish is clean
puboflyons (2406) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a medium to dark amber with reddish hues and small head but slow moving carbonation. The aroma is malty and sweet but there is also something kind of like black licorice in it. I expect that is the winter spice. The body is medium and smooth. The taste has a nice malty character with a mellow hop feel. There is also something like nutmeg in the mix. An English Strong Ale, this is not. But it is a likeable winter warmer.
dmac (4538) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from Cranbury BuyRite. Poured a clear thicker burnt orange/brown body underneath a tiny quick fading off beige head. Aroma is dates, nutts, dark fruits, white grapes, butterscotch, brown bread dough, glue. Body is medium to thicker with a syrupy glue like feel along with very soft to almost nonexistant carbonation, not a god combo. Flavor is like the aroma with lots of grape, glue, nutts and breads. Meh....not very good.
ben4321 (4539) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 10/9/11
Aroma: The nose is fairly malty, with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a little bit of yeast/grains
Appearance: This one pours a sightly hazy amber color with a beige head and light drips of lace
Flavor: The taste is plus sweet, similar to the components of the nose, with a mild English hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a malty, sweet stickiness on the mouth, and an average-lively carbonation
Overall, this is a solid Winter Ale. It is a little too sticky-sweet for my particular palate, but I can see the appeal for those who prefer that style. It works reasonably well for what it is trying to be, but I can’t go much higher then this.