Chel (32) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
brown, clear, minimal head, lightly bitter, abrupt finish, alcoholy flavor, not bold or complex in any way. Below average beer overall and for Point Brewery. I didnít find it special in any way.
DrnkMcDermott (2845) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. loose bottle. $1.50 @ Woodmanís. A cheery red/brown color, even in a narrow glass. Smells slightly of sweet cherry juice. Taste brings a bit more of that sweet cherry taste. Lightly toasted malts, but in profusion enough to cling to my lip. More ale fruitiness, perhaps a touch of Belgian yeast involved here. I do get a slight edge of autolyzed yeast from the thin layer of sludge at the bottom. Still itís a very jolly beer that sets aside issues of malt vs. hops and asks us to just enjoy it.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Point St. Benedictís Winter Ale is a slightly hazy copper ale with a yellowish head that fades to a waxy film and leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. Fruit and spice are in the aroma, with notes of cinnamon, pear and allspice. There is the slightest hint of caramel. It has a very soft and delicate medium body. It feels fluffy in the mouth and the finish is very dry and a little gritty. Wow, this is like a Belgian dark ale. The flavor is complex with a lot of deep and dark tones-- cinnamon and wood. There is a fruity note which is a little like apricot or cherry. It doesnít really taste sweet, though. Roasted bitterness lingers after the swallow. Wow, this is a really good Winter ale, even in Spring. This is a very rewarding beer.
JStax (3315) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pouread from a bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a dark mohogany with a one finger head beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of dark fruits and molasses. Somewhat fruity as well. Taste is off. Slightly noticeable prune taste with a small alcohol burn in the finish. I kind of get a toasty quality on top of all this. This isnít very good, but not as bad as some of the reviews would lead a person to believe.
coyforce (616) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
nothing great to write home about, but alright for an average winter ale. one of the best point brews I have tasted.
crossovert (8197) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
It just doesnít make sense it tastes like water mixed with buttery burnt peanut bridle, it has absolutely no focus. Who would be intrigued by this? who would like this? It just doesnít make sense.
DarkElf (3037) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
21-Feb-11 (12-oz bottle: Free bottle for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) Entered into the Belgian-Style Dubbel category, this beer pours hazy amber-brown with a thin, off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. The nose is fruity, with apple, date and a touch of raisin in the background, plus brown sugar and sweet spices. Fruity and spicy flavors of baked apples, figs, raisin bread, cinnamon, and brown sugar complement the sweet malts. Medium in weight and carbonation with a touch of tartness on the palate. Drinkable, but not too interesting.
EithCubes (5104) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nose is coriandered and heavily lemony, spicy notes on the wheat slime. Dark amber pour with a strange head - noisy and sudsy tan but with big red highlights. Taste is heavily spiced, a little grainy, bittersweet but dries out sufficiently, grain husks all the way through. Caramel and a little bit of toastier black malts, thereís actually some nice hop presence here under the chalky bubblegum and misappropriated spices. Medium body and stale, grainy aftertaste, not a house flavor Iíd like to support. Meh.
dchmela (2710) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my buddy Ian for smuggling this back from the frosty north. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly sweet, hints of cherry, with a touch of toasted malt. Big body, slightly sweet, touch of tartness, some fruit, caramel and a hint of bitterness. Nice little winter brew.
wlajwl (4131) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not horrible for a strong ale, has a nice alcohol warming to it with sugar notes, not bad.