herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great dark burnt sienna color. Solid lacey head. Spicy flavor but could be heartier. Strong aroma when opening the bottle but fades quickly. Sort of weak aftertaste.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Low head, reddish-amber in color. Malty, peaty aroma like a scotch/strong ale. Smooth malt flavor with a spicy hop profile. Light carbonation that tingles down the sides of the tongue. The flavor rounds out well with the aroma making an interesting and well buil beer.
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s been over a year since I tried this beer. I really enjoyed it, but the commercial description will have to do. If you like other winter warmers / American strong ales that i have rated highly, this one won’t dissapoint you.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Rerate - 2005 vintage. This Ale pours a deep brown color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and some earthy hoppiness. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. Malts are caramel and sweet with a touch of fruitiness. Seems to some seasonal spices like nutmeg and cinnamon as well. Hops are piney and earthy. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Hides the 7% alcohol well. Nice beer, very typical of the winter seasonals. It is fruity and sweet with just enough hops to balance each other out. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
long lasting alcohol/hop bite. a little sidenote, I was forced to use Ben’s word for my aroma rating due to a stuffed up nose
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked this quite a bit. Dark reddish-brown appearance, tan head that mellows down to a thin layer. Rich smell, prominent caramel, a little bit of fruitiness, some sourness. Nice sweet malt in the taste that somewhat reminds me of a Celebrator Dopplebock. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Warm finish, excellent!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark burgundy. syrupy and slightly sweet, with a nice shot of hops. some cinnamon and very little fruit flavor. a good warming sipper.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a well executed version of this style. Malty and strong, with nice background hoppiness, with an attractively dry finish. This is a much better execution of this style than say Summit’s winter, which I find too sweet in the finish.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I look forward to seeing this every year. Rich, malty, hoppy and a good kick to it. Cheers!