78samh (181) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle poured reddish brown with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Very malty and a bit hoppy. Ok
mintzmeet (262) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2015
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting unnameable flavor. Think it's a strange hops varietal combined with the chocolate n roasted malts. Not real smooth, kind of bitter. Dark mahogany color. Oily head.
andrewje41 (790) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour. Pours a dark reddish brown color wi th a sweet malt aroma. Mostly sweet, caramel malt flavor with a hint of chocolate. Nothing here stood out, but it wasn’t bad.
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
not a huge fan of this, though it was nice to try it. wouldnt get again though.
Arayaga2 (1819) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkish caramel color, with some off-white head. Aroma is slightly worty with caramel and some grain. Strong up-front tea-like bitterness chords well with high initial sweetness.
deusax (455) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not a Winter Ale as I expect: spicy is light, still present. But the roasted malt overall. Palate a bit light.
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - OCT 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-5-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut color with a one finger of foamy tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a moderate caramel sweetness and a nice chocolate smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter spice smells as well as a bit of an herbal hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter roasted flavor consisting of a moderate level of some brown bread flavors as well as a caramel sweetness. Along with these flavors at the start, there is also a nice semi-sweet chocolate flavor present as well. The caramel transitions to a toffee like flavor more toward the middle, taking on a more buttery nature. This toffee flavor is short lived however and later losses its ground as some bitter roasted coffee and some light hop flavors of an herbal nature come to the tongue. At the very end some grapefruit hop tastes come to the tongue, in the end combining with the rest to leave a moderately bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. Overall the thicker body is rather nice for accentuating the roasted, chocolate, and sweet flavors, although the bitter coffee and grapefruit are almost too strongly sensed due to the thicker feel, making these flavors stand out a little too much for the roasted and sweet malty flavors and the style.
Overall – An OK brew, but the hop, chocolate, coffee, and sweet just never really seem to meld all that well on the tongue. Worth a try, but not the best winter warmer out there.
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"this here is a nice roasted malt and toffee winter warmer. there’s enough hops to take notice, but this is more of an english style brew. pretty good and one of pyramids better brews. not sure why i hadn’t reviewed it yet...or had i and BP is Fing with me? 2011- this year’s is drain pour! what the hell...the year old bottle i just had was much better..."
No consistency here :(
skoisirius (1792) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
We used to call this Snow Crap back in the day at BW. Regardless of it’s Pyramid Origins, this stands out in their line as being a contender for something other than MacroMicro.
TXBadger (1622) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color with off-white head. Spice, dark fruits, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more dark fruit notes.