phildorsey (139) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. Bottle. Pours cloudy golden with a thick frothy head. Taste is a little bitter and sour, and weak on the palate.
Tabednar (139) - - NOV 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.28.2011 - Houston, TX
Well crafted winter ale. Dark, yet smooth and simple. Not too filling. Nice aroma with a nice blend of hops that give a delicous palate.
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.
Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice Red/Amber color. Lasting head. Pinish hops flavour. Pleasant spiced aftertaste. On tap at Old Chicago
bconger (135) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark copper pour with a very thin head. Hops, caramel, and some yeast on the nose. Hoppy flavor up front with sour lemon and malty elements. This beer lacks backbone. There are nice high notes and the hops are decent, but it feels empty with too little middle-maltiness. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel, though.
psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber color and produced little to no head. Has a great aroma and was a very flavorful winter ale
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The gold standard for average winter ales from mid-grade microbreweries. There’s nothing "wrong" with it whatsoever, but there’s nothing particularly good about it either.
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - DEC 31, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a brilliant amber/orange hue. Tan head with minimal lacing. Aroma of malty roastiness with some bubblegum and sweet candy. Flavor is roasty and very dry with some residual candy notes as well. A decent brew but nothing to rock the socks during winter.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good clean favor. I think this beer is a little under-appreciated. Nice hints of fruits and nuts. I would best describe this beer as a pale drk beer. It has a lot of characteristics of a dark beer, but it isn't dark in the least bit. Definately worth trying. I liked it better the colder it was.
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUL 18, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is sweet, nutty, hints of citrus, maybe hints of coffee. Aroma is not that strong though. Flavor is very watery, but after that there is some nut, coffee, pine, citrus. Palate is watery and very thin. If it weren’t so watery it seems like it would be a solid brew, but in this form it doesn’t do much for me.