IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red amber, beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, bit of caramel and some malt. Similar flavor profile, raisiny. Something just seemed a bit off. Medium body, a touch of alcohol warming. Not too bad.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark redish brown with a tan head. Aroma of toasted malts and rasins. Flavors of dark fruits, toasted malts and a touch of caramel. A little thin, for the style. Could be better.
freekyp (1460) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 Dark reddish brown with thick, off-white head with decent retention. Strong raisiny/pruny notes carry a tany quality in odor. A hint of grape juice as well. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Sweet throughout with lingering fruity finish this winter brew is easy drinking and never weighs heavily on the tongue. 2005’s batch is superior to last year’s.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a maroon color with a very small head. Light fruit and some toffee in the aroma. Dark fruit, yeast, and malt taste.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 Thin head which dissipates quickly. Low carbonation. Nice deep red/amber in color. Dry, dusty aroma with a decent amount of malt, a hint of smoke and spices. Flavor is quite good with roasted grains, yeast and a hint of smoke again. Creamy in the mouth. Finish is smooth with a lasting faint coffee aftertaste. Quite the good beer. Not your typical spicy winter brew that tastes like a pine tree.
Braudog (5461) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown with a standing toffee head and a coffee aroma. Nice spiciness and a wintery flavor.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Not a bad beer. Good sweet malt flavor to it.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice bronze, copper colour with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, maple syrup and a slight amount of nuts. Medium to Full-bodied; Nutty flavour with some extra caramel sweetness. Aftertaste shows a lot of nuttiness with some residual sweetness. Aftertaste lasts long as it is basically nuttiness and some odd flavours. Overall, a decent 'stronger' brown ale, not much complexities in the taste...but a decent offering from the otherwise mediocre brewery. I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquor in Washington, D.C. and sampled it on 22-December-2003.
JFGrind (1801) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belgian style beers make an interesting pick for a winter seasonal. River Horse's version is a welcomed surprise. Dark amber color, medium body, decent aroma, and aftertaste. I wasn't sure if it was a Belgian dubbel or strong ale at first taste. By far the best beer I've sampled from River Horse so far.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
*10th ranking for the beer, now it will count on the site* Cola brown body with a french vanilla colored head. Nice thickness, big bubbles and a few on the inside of glass. Smells faintly of malt, spice, and dusty basement. Taste is smooth-sweetness; malt, caramel, maple syrup and winter spices with some roasted nuttiness and coffee. Aftertaste is sweet caramel with roasted notes. Decent winter ale in all respects. Purchased a 12oz bottle at Chevy Chase wine & liquor in Washington, DC.