derbbre (2) - USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Winter beer. Full flavor without overwhelming your palate. Dark without being undrinkable.
Coolhandbrew (13) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very close to my first batch of home brew, which is a good thing. Malty, with some fruity esters. A little sweet, but very pleasant.
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.
jebert (405) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful cooper red with a huge tan head and lots of cascading bubbles. Aroma is sweet molasses with of hint of hops. Taste is sweet, malty with a nip of molasses and a suggestion of maple syrup. Nice mouthfeel. Finishes sweet not dry or hoppy. A very warm and inviting beer. Best enjoyed as a meal unto itself but can be paired with beer nuts or as an accompaniment to a bowl or Irish stew.
gws57 (1257) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Found this one bottled at Binnyís in St. Charles, Illinois. Brown color, thin white head. Nice, nuanced maltiness with chocolate, spice, citrus fruit and cranberry. Strong finish. I must have gotten the unusually good batch, I guess.
Tried it on draught at Nordyís Pub in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, and it is equally good.
Hbuck72 (176) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice color, not much head, smells of malts and spices. not much lacing on the glass, smooth on the palate
Very interesting flavor, but I had a hard time picking out distinct flavors other than malt, and maybe cinnamon notes.
Overall, I thought that this was a good winter ale
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hudsonís in Plover, WI. Pours a clear, deep amber with long-lasting meringue head. Good lacing. Aroma is moderately nutty & spicy. First taste is nutty maltiness with a dash of vanilla. Some fruitiness follows with a surprising spiciness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel but excellent carbonation from a tapper. Never got to try it from a bottle but would definitely ask for it again on tap. Very good.
boozedude (1001) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into glass, pours brownish red.. Clear, white head.. Aroma of spice, taste is fruit and apple cider backend, pretty tasty for its style
ChainGangGuy (4120) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, brilliant, garnet-hued body with a smallish, whitish head.
Smell: Initially, an aroma of simple syrup marinated plums -- skins and all. Eventually, notes of toasted dark bread and bit of roast dosed with a few drops of honey liqueur.
Taste: Toasted pumpernickel bread lightly brushed with sweet treacle and served alongside a small handful of plums and currants, which provide a bit of tart fruitiness. Light touch of roast. Lightly earthy hops with a medium-low amount of bitterness. A pinch of brown sugar joins the mix later on. Very light hints of the alcohol within. Relatively dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: So-so. Itís not a 44-person water skiing pyramid, but, when considering the rest of Pointís offerings, itís not half bad!
Heathen (1386) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: A little British. A little easier to drink than most English strong ales from England. At first I thought it was watered down, but it was actually just smooth. It was less earthy and bitter than a lot of British versions. It was sort of between a British and a Belgian strong ale. The hops were way more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark, brownish amber with a very small, off-white head that almost completely diminished. The aroma had moderate cookie, caramel, nuts and toasted malt; light to moderate herbal hops; apple, cherry, spices, maple syrup, brown sugar and ever so slight alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was rather sweet, rather bitter and slightly acidic with a slightly longer than average duration. There was caramel, maple, syrup, herbal hops, yeast, perfumy hops, something like rye, cherry light spices, toasted malt, crackers, fruit cake, brown sugar and apple. Th body was oily and then dry, but also a little sticky on the lips with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly metallic finish.