Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red-brown, with a thinnish beige head. Complex. A lot of malt, subdued hops, subtle roastiness, and some spices-- probably cinnamon, perhaps a tiny bit of cardamom, and orange peel. Good full-bodied smoothness. Excellent seasonal. My only peeve is the twistoff cap, which renders the bottle useless for homebrew.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, clear, and malty. Very dry finish.
Excellent winter beer.
Beerhound (16) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I somehow missed out on all of the "Holiday Beers" this year, but my father-in-law was good enough to give me a bottle of Pyramid Snowcap Ale he had left over. This beer is a deep reddish, almost mahogany color with a dense beige head. The aroma contained a hint of spice, a promise of more to come from this winter warmer. This promise was more than kept when tasting the brew, as my taste buds were awash in a mix of fruity, hoppy, spicy goodness. Snowcap is not quite the assault on the senses as Anchor's Christmas beer can sometimes be, which I've described as a Christmas tree --lights and all-- in a beer bottle, and I found it to be very enjoyable. The only disappointment was that I only had one. Next year I'll have to get more.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definite spiced aroma. More of a spiced red ale than anything. Not bad, but not great.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish mahogany color. Very mild aroma of malt and spice. Fruity. Nice bitterness. Bigger flavor than the aroma implies. Quite tasty holiday ale. Malty. Some roast. Spicy. Cinnamon? A bit medicinal. Lingers long on the palate. Fairly nice.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Think of a concentrated IPA
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Imbibed in November 2002. A mildly hoppy aroma. A dark ruby brown color with a quick brown head. Flavor start of hoppy, then the malts assert themselves, followed by the hops again with a bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated on the tongue but no visible bubbles. A dry finish.
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep brown/garnet color with lots of carbonation and a decent frothy beige head. aroma is very nutty and malty sweet. almost has a cereal grainy quality to it. bit of alcohol in the flavor and a rather intrusive grainy aftertaste...not bad though. more malt than
i"d like..of course that is to be expected. i suspect there arent many on this site more one-sided than myself..oh well.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright red color, foamy tan head. Fresh candyish malt in the nose with a good touch of fruity hops. Big juicy hop presence in the body backed up by a good firm maltiness and a shot of alcohol. Finishes nicely balanced with a touch of hops and a good burst of malt. Very nice strong ale, one of the better winter ales I tried this year.