jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange/rust in color with a foamy off-white head. Somewhat piney and sweet aroma. Nicely balanced beer that seems almost like a winter spiced version of their IPA.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in dimple mug. Floral, spicy scent. Slight head, small but stable. Nice deep gold/brown colour. Tangy, light, fruity taste. Nice ale - could be stronger with same balance.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002-03 release. Attractive copper color, balanced malty flavors with some bitterness in the finish. Some interesting flavors. Hid its strength well. Not a beer about which there is much to say--I drank it after a Trois Pistole with Thanksgiving dinner, and then prompty fell asleep on the sofa, so I don’t have a lot to say now.... Overall rather enjoyable, especially in the holiday spirit.
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, solid head, good colour. Aroma is very strong metallic hops. Taste is similar but with lots of roasty malt. Good but not what I would expect from these guys.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2002-2003) Clear copper/amber. Decent head and lace. Floral and malty nose, very ’english’. Almost medium bodied, floral hops are all over the place, some creamy sweet malt riding in the back, hoppy finish. Definitley kicked this up a notch from last year or so it seems. raising it a few points.
Clear, beautiful light copper colored. Thin head and lace. Not real assertive in the nose. Some floral notes.. maybe. Smooth and creamy beer with subdued malts and hops. The usual sammy smith dry finish. Not a bad beer, pretty tasty actually , just not too interesting or complex. Not warming in the least.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 02/03 Version. Dark golden color with a smaller off white head. Mild floral and light malt aroma. Mild light fruit flavors. What I’ve come to expect from a english ales - Well balanced with mild flavors that blend well with a touch of bitterness. Nothing over the top, just drinkable and enjoyable. 7,4,7,3,14
------ Version - Similar appearance perhaps more amber in color. Catching some alcohol in the aromas and a bit more caramel. A little "hotter" than remembered along with a touch of butterscotch. Not quite as balanced.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color of whisky, with a small head and a sweet nose with suitably English hops. Mostly hoppy flavor. I expected more malts in a winter beer, but this isn’t bad.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 no better time to welcome winter than in the middle of July...so prude of a beer as to flat out refuse the request for head..maltiness glows from the aroma...the flavor tended to scratch my throat in a harsh way...very malty but nothing I'd buy again
rauchbier (3548) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 2002-2003 edition. Amber bronze with a good collar of foam and moderate condition. Fruity malt aromas, hints of tangerines and buttery diacetyl in the mouth and the faintest threat of sourness. Finish is malty sweet and mouthcoatingly oily with a lingering bitterness.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant amber — looks like a beer should look. No real head, however. Sweet brew with taste of toffee and sweet spice, offset with hoppy bitterness; clearly a winter holiday brew. I like it, but I don’t love it as much as I did when I first discovered it last year. Is it the better beers I have found since that makes the difference, or the effects of an extra year of aging in a clear bottle?