blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2001
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
2001I was kind of disappointed in this one. I was expecting a hearty, dark, rich ale, but I got a watered down ESB dark. Dark copper color, weak head that faded quickly and a dark taste that was reminiscent of burnt, watered down ESB (which I do love however). If you are buying several winter brews this year, and need to somehow limit whicch ones you get, this may be the one to leave off. Maybe next year.
Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 3, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 2, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light copper color with a loose frothy head. A sweet, malty brew, some light hops and spice notes. Light mouthfeel, with a minutely bitter aftertaste. Nice winter brew, agrealby it is very reminscent of their ESB.
Darkover (1532) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is pretty similar to their ESB
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2001
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Malty, toasty, grainy and sweet aroma with hints of brown sugar and caramel and faint hop spice. Medium to dark copper in color, clear, with a fairly robust head but little visible effervescence. Flavor is malty, with some toasted malt, caramel and lightly doughy breadiness. Finish shows some piney, spicy hop at last, but it"s a bit of a ítoo little, too lateí situation. Body is light to medium and palate is just this side of watery. In the past I actually looked forward to this beer being available, and I don"t honestly know if the beer or I have changed, but it"s really nothing special this year, although inoffensive. My last overall rating for this was a 3.5, it doesn"t deserve that tonight.
plummdumb99 (34) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good, could use some work, but really quite good
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2001
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A beginnerís winter beer. Nice mouthfeel is probably itís best attribute.
joet (2462) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 20, 2001
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Some light struck flavors and aromas -- possibly some iso-valeric acid, pine. Itís a loser before it hits my tongue. Hmmm... soft, wet and damp and has a fat hoppy ass that walks away quickly. Iíve had a lot of crap beers in my day and yet itís obvious this is far worse than an average beer. If you think this beer is not up to par, it should rate below a 2.75.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank this last night while drunk and also had two bottles today when sober. Tasted much better when drunk. Spicy and hoppy mixture of tastes. Didnít really care for it all that much. Decent and drinkable but not even close to being a favorite winter beer.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very thick head and a clear amber hue. This beer has a surprisingly spicy sweet kick. The spice flows in the aroma too. In general, I liked it quite a bit...but a little to strong flavored for me. I feel it would kill my palate after one or two.