chickenflea (332) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The last of a sixer. I wanted to get familiar with the beer first. The color is a clear chestnut. A small off-white head recedes quickly with islands of lacing, The aroma holds bread and sugar with a touch of apricot. The flavor is malty and earthy. No real noticeable alcohol. Body is medium. Texture is very soft. Low carbonation. This is an easy beer to drink and makes a nice nightcap. I truly enjoy this beer. But I am not sure it is an English strong ale. It seemed like a cross between an amber and a scotch ale.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish-brown with a clinging tan head. The aroma is both hoppy and sweet with notes of pine, grapefruit, and sugar. Medium, smooth palate. Flavor-wise the brew starts sweet and smooth. I would say there's a touch of sugared grapefruit there. The finish is appropriately bitter with some pine notes. Not a bad seasonal.
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maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and somewhat darker amber color with a smallish head. Nose is fairly week, but has some interesting subtle malty notes. Taste actually has a slightly bitter hoppy note to with with some nice malts balancing it out. Not bad.
strongpieman (1473) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Deep copper color, decent head. Clear mild aroma lighter body some sweetness . Pretty average.
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Wittales (632) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance was clear root beer with creamy off white diminishing 1 finger head, rings of lace. Aromas are sweet cara, 2-row, caramel malts, hints of citrus, spice and pine. Taste follows the nose with sweet irish-like malts and slight grapefruit, lemon and pine. Palate was soft creamy smooth CO2 with meduim body, average length malty, dryish finish. A little to much like an Irish for me...
dfinney23 (1640) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice hop and malt blend but it doesn’t quite add up right. It needs more of... something. Or less of something. Or something.
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent nose. Roasted hop smell and flavor. Agree with other raters that this is kind of watery. Caramel and pine. Definitely better winter brews out there
Nejhleader (1228) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
has a faint hit of roast in the aroma. Taste is a splash of roast malts blended with a bit of pine hops with a slight caramel aftertaste.
LarryBeast (491) - - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Like a richer, caramel-heavy version of their ESB. Well hopped. Better than I expected.
Cakes (362) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle.
Pours a reddish-brown-mahogany with minimal head. Light aroma.
tastes like an IPA with a few seasons. Hoppy.
Not what I was expecting for a "Winter Seasonal".
Nothing dramatic or even distinctive.
Still I really enjoyed it, and will have it again.
I just think that it was mis-classified as a "winter beer".