SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Roots and Belmont Station: Pours a dark amber red with a big creamy and peachish head. Aroma is veyr caramelly with floral hops. Flavor is very malty with toffee and caramel, toasted malts, moderate bitterness throughout with a nice oily resiny hop finish.
neepsntatties (1377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a glass of this a couple weeks ago at the Roots Brewery in Portland. Colour... dark, cloudy brown with no head. Nose... very malty and roasty with hints of Xmas spice. Palate... sweet up front but not overly so, bitter and roasty on the soft palate with a long, subtly spicy finish. Well done, Craig!
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This seemed like the definitive winter ale. Tap... Poured reddish with a white head. Floral aroma. Good American strong ale with plenty of hops and sweet alcohol flavors. A little of a soapy finish, but not in a bad way. You know, this was a great beer, it may have gotten a better rating from me if it wasn’t overshadowed by their Epic ale and Flanders Red ale.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Pours with a deep amber body topped by a pencil thin head with little lacing. It’s sweet and malty yet bitter and hoppy with a some pine notes. Full bodied and warming.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Dark brown with no head. Malty, musty, lime aroma and taste. Decent.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10th rating of this beer, 4th Brewery 07-08 Brew Trip with Bikesandbeer. Listed as festivus winter ale, pours dark orange with an off white head. Nose holiday spicey but light. Taset is sweet with a slight spicey edge. Not bad.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ brewery - cloudy amber with very slight white head; aromas of caramel, malts, citrus and hops; flavor combo of malts, fruit, sugar and hops is very tasty; deliciously creamy texture drinks very smooth
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Roots Organic Brewing in PDX--Poured a rich mahogany-amber body with a minuscule off-white head. Nose of sweet malts and piquant PNW hops. Nutty, earthy, and piny with a rich bountiful mouth feel. Very enjoyable brew!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Brewpub: Mahogany, no head or lacing. Nose of sweet light caramel and sugar, lots of melanoidins. The flavor is a bit spicy with hops, earthy, nutty and spruce and tangerine in the finish. Not doing much for me but it’s good. Malty tail.
IndianaRed (2880) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OnTap at the BP. Hazy deep majogany with a small white head. Dark fruit aroma, apples and raisoms. Flavor was malty and a touch cidery. Very lttle hop presence. Soft trailer ackong any bitterness. interesting abd drinkable.