Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The first whiff after pulling the cap is pure skunk,i hope it gets better.Amber in color,small slightly off white head that had a little staying power.The aroma is malty and mildly hoppy with a very slight fruity side,maybe some caramel or toffee.Highly carbonated with a malty toffee taste,mild hops kind of sweet at first but later changes to a mild bitter sweet taste.The carbonation kind of gets in the way of the flavor but maybe it is helping cover up some of the skunk in the taste,who knows.The after taste is malty mildly sweet and mildly hoppy.Not a bad brew but could definately use a brown bottle to cure some of it's odors and taste woes.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initially, the aroma was especially skunky, but the beer turned out to be pretty good. I wouldn't call this a winter beer though, much different than other winter brews I've had.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light copper, Fluffy white head. Malty nose. Taste is dry malt with a bare kiss of hops. This is a Winter beer?
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
2003-2004 bottle. Pours a transparent copper color with a 2.5 cm off-white head. Aroma is unpleasant...smells skunked to me...Not a good beer. I think this one skunked out on me. Start is a bitter hoppy flavor with a decent maltiness, but the finish just tastes all skunky.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
1.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Skunked! Get rid of the clear bottles, damnit! Skunked smell turned me off. The only Good samuel smith I have had was oatmeal stout from a closed cardboard box. DO NOT buy anything fram sam smith if it has been sitting on a shelf!
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a foamy white head that thins out quickly leaving a decent coat of lacing. Malt aroma with some floral accents. Big malt flavor in the beginning, going a bit toward citrus hops at the finish. A tangy mouthfeel is left behind. Nice.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is of carmel and toasted malts. Apperance is a clear amber color. Small tight head. Flavor is a bit boring, strait up malts without much else coming through.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
by the aroma i was expecting some whimpy lagerish beer, so i was REALLY suprised. First impression was really,really sweet. After then second tast i was thrilled with the flavor, alcohol, a little nutty, a little malty and still very sweet. Pleasent, but i'm still getting over the initial shock.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clearish amber brown syrup color with a inch tall ivory head of thick fluffed cotton, settles slowly to a thick skim on top that never leaves, lace is thick in most places with a favorable thickness nearer the edge of the glass leading up to moth holed sheets and some strings. Smell comes across kinda grassy and dry, toasty and sweet, a nice little mix. Taste is simple yet with some favorable little flavors coming through. Some mild toasted malt grains, dryish hops, grassy hay-like notes, all just kinda there, not in strength but in a presense thats quite easy and milding. Nice lightly drying finish with a mix of dry hops and toasty breadish malts that has just a twinge of very slight bitterness that grabs in the back of the throat. Feel is a solid medium body, packed nicely with mellowness and easy carbonation. An exceptional drinker, oh so good. Not heavily flavored, but whats there makes for some fine easy drinking, nothing harsh; very calm, easy, and relaxing. What a fantastic English Old Ale in the way of drinking it down. A pure session beer; if ever need be, I could drink alot of these.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a honey-color with an okay head that does last throughout the beer, but there's no lacing whatsoever. And when will they ever get away from the clear glass bottles!?!
Scent is, well, of skunked PBR. The beer is fresh, so I know it's not really skunked, but it certainly doesn't smell appealing.
Taste isn't as bad as the smell, but it's not much better. Why do they call this a "Winter" beer? At best it's an okay ale, certainly not what most people would call a "Winter" beer. The skunkyness from the scent is the first impression of the taste but it's not that bad. There's a hint of butterscotch, but that's about it.
Palate is thin for the style. Overall I'm extremely underwhelmed. This brewery is capable of making great beers but this certainly is not one of them. I think they are convinced they can pass this off because of the brewery's name, but I know they could do better. My recommendation is to skip this beer and grab virtually any other Winter beer and you'll be happier.