muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Appearance: dark brown, clear, medium somewhat frothy head. Nose: pretty weak; more malty than hoppy. Flavor/palate: sweet, fairly full-bodied, not terribly distinctive. Slight spiciness, also a bit of unpleasant metal/bitterness on the end. An OK Winter beer, not really recommended.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Unexciting. The 2000 bottling seems to have fared better in these ratings.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ouch! This beer was very sour and bitter, but not in a good way. Not the best winter ale, for sure. It has the dichotemy of being kind of spicey, but flat at the same time. This beer has the base elemental tastes the Chinook uses, but the Chinook has a better hop aroma, more intriguing quality, and definatly more substance to the flavour.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
goog, but not the best winter ale
BillKismet (3742) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This dark amber ofering has a nice rounded flavoring, though it is not really complex. The roasted malt presence is the dominant attribute making this winter brew a simple, flavorful treat.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 2001 Edition: This tastes weak and a finish that reminds me of bad lagers.
2011 Edition: Pours a clear orange with a medium white head, rich toasted malts in the aroma, starts and ends lightly bitter, medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel.
jpm8920 (152) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
suprisingly good beer
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good winter brew. Not as good as Old Fezziwig Ale. My favorite winter brew.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2001
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This stuff has the nice spicy holiday aroma I was looking for, but I found the flavor weak, almost watered down, fading at the finish. Its not bad - just undistinguished. I’m still looking for a great Christmas brew.
Aurelius (4939) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2001
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was stinky. It wasn’t skunked, but it was stinkyeasted. Cascade hopped, tinny first taste -- I suggest letting it sit and warm to get the ale flavor. The palate is actually on the higher side of 3, but not a 4. Some butterbread aftertaste. I was disappointed. Tastes like a bad Sierra Nevada brew.