thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Did I get a skunk? Pours dark brown with some almost-purplish hues. Not a strong aroma but definitely gives a herby, boozy aroma (maybe gin/juniper?). That same bizarre herby mix is very prevalent in the beer, with a metallic twinge. Maybe I just don’t like Winter Ales (this was my first) but I thought it was mostly vile.
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 6, 2002
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 used to be a big fan of this beer - but wow has it gone downhill.
used to be a stronger dark ale. then it became more of a typical but decent brown. now it seems like they’ve just added some food coloring to their watered down IPA.
light brown color. moderately hoppy. fairly thin bodied. nothing interesting or tasty going on. nothing "robust" about it.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Dark copper color. decent head.Malted smells of caramel and deep roast and the flavor delivers the same mesage. Good beer. The one thing that Anheuser did was buy into Redhook. I bought this beer again and liked it even more the second time. I noticed more hops than the first time. Damn good beer.
lweiberg (125) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 11, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Definitely pine, slightly like Bell’s winter ale but generally nothing special, average, not worth more than $1.00 a bottle.
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Drew. Bottle poured to glass. Copper, red with rocky white head. Molasses & biscuit malt aroma with a moderate hops to balance. Creamy mouthfeel. Semi lacing retained small bead around rim through out entire drink.
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. 2008 Style.
Color is a light carmel brown. Pours a decent head that leaves a medium level of lace.
Aroma is of piney hopes. Some spices are also noted. Taste is of similiar piney hops. A slight hint of carmel is also tasted.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but bitter (due to the hops). Leaves a dry taste in mouth.
Overall, a solid beer. I would recommend this winter style ot anybody.
Serving type: bottle
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2001
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very good beer. It has a smooth spicy flaver that warms you up after a hard day skiing.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2005
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beer starts off well with a pleasant aroma of robust coffee and hops and a dark amber hue. However when I took the first sip I definitely got a bitter beer face. This beer is loaded with hops but the bitterness overwhelmes with winter barley flavor that could have been a saving grace. This beer would only be satisfying only someone with dulled taste buds from years of smoking cigars.
Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Don’t know if its my cold, but im not getting a whole lot of an aroma of this, slight hop aroma. Nice appearance though, nice foamy head, lovely red amber colour.
Much lighter in taste than i expected, feels very light around the mouth, bready, biscuity flavours.
rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice clean tasting winter lager with a hoppy taste at the begining that changes to a smooth taste at the end.