fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at 1702 pours dark brown to black with a medium tan head. Aroma is licorice, maple wood and syrup and a little booze. Flavor is light roast and licorice with a little heat and light peppery spicing in the finish. Very well done, I could drink alot more of this.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft@ taste of tops, tempe, az. Dark pour (bad lighting)...thin ring of suds. Spicy doughy nose...cookies and dried fruit with a subtle but noticeable fruit tartness around the edges, holiday spices..inviting in a christmasy way. Flavors are bound to a decently full bodied beer and exhibit holiday spices, dark fruits with subtle tartness like dark plum...similar to anchor christmas almost though less emphasis on the spices. A little spicey bitterness in the finish but not really all that strong. Decent beer for relaxation...could slowly sip on this with a cigar or something on a cold night, so...does the winter warmer thing like its supposed to...no complaints.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My beer arrived with a nice finger-thick, khaki colored whipped cream layer of foam resting atop a clear concentrated cola brown brew with gorgeous garnet red highlights. The head didnít stick around long, though, and the little bit of retention it had quickly diminished to thin webby lacing along the glass while it was cold. As it warmed, all traces of foam vanished. ---
The nose was full of toasted sweet malts, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. While it was sweeter on the nose initially, it did hold quite a bit of a bittersweet note that was punctuated by hints of pine needles and a very faint bon fire off in the distance. Warming up, the spices were much more pronounced and a faint dry spicy yeast, toasted barely, and a caramelized citrus - most likely orange zest - became present. It was rather comforting to sit with this beer in the dark, warm bar with the sounds of lightly clinking glassware, garbled laughter, and that ever present hum of friendly conversation going on around me. Itís a very calming experience enhanced by a nice warming beer. ---
the Winter Warmer, while being warming, comes across with a medium body thanks to adequate tingly carbonation even though it holds a thinner mouthfeel overall. Early on it was quickly hoppy and dry with a light piney resin, but was smoothed out nicely by lots of honey and a faint caramelized orange zest that became more prominent as it warmed. There were plenty of dark, sweet malts throughout, followed by toasted grains, nutmeg, allspice, and a hearty kick of ginger right at the end that left my mouth slightly dry and spicy. I really liked the complexity of this beer and found it difficult to pick out quite a few aromas and flavors as I came across them - which of course kept me going back for more. At one point, I even started dipping my fresh little gingersnap cookies in the beer to bring out the sweetness from under all the spice! Honestly, I should probably get a growler of the Winter Warmer so I can make my own gingersnap cookies for my family when they come visit in a month.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; poured a dark ruby brown. Off white head. Aroma of fruit, sweetness, sugar and dark fruit. Flavor had a sweetheart feel to it; fruit and dark fruit. Some alcohol. A bit one dimensional.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler pours deep red-amber with a tan head. Aroma shows notes of ginger, cinnamon, burnt caramel, and a touch of mixed nuts. Flavor shows the same with additional spices that I canít quite put my finger
on as well as a touch of earthy hops. Overall body is relatively light for a winter warmer, with just enough sweetness to balance the alc and make it a pretty easy drinker.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled 1702; March 2010
This arrives with a frothy, almost half-finger thick, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, burnt amber color that shows some rich red hues when held up to the dim light. The aroma is hard to smell after the HopShock, but has a sweet, sort of cinnamon-like, no maybe mint-toothpaste like not to it if I really dig around for it. Some hints of toasted, caramelized notes seem to bee just noticeable in the aroma as well. The aroma is disappointingly faint, but after warming up for a long time the spice character becomes much more noticeable and even objectionable.
The beer is somewhat light bodied (at least for something labeled as a Winter Warmer), but still has a certain fullness to it. I was definitely right about the toothpaste note in the aroma as this is quite noticeable in the flavor; though it is not up front as it only comes through in the middle through to the lingering finish of each sip. This almost has a rosemary edge to it up front, but really, what is that flavor; it is not really mint, nor toothpaste, it is resinous, perhaps it is cardamom and / or ginger. There is enough sweet malt to support the spice I suppose, but really the spices are just way too aggressive; they really need to dial these way back to make this drinkable. Whatever the spices are, the mix of flavors has notes of nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, definite turpene notes and maybe even some flavors of myrrh.
This is a really interesting beer, too bad it doesnít really work for me; a subtle use of the spices that allows the malt to come out would have been really nice. Hopefully this will get fixed for next years batch, as this does have potential.
daknole (8856) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown. Caramel, hops, spice,sweet spice cake, cane syrup, and some roasted nuts. Flavor is sweet and rich with a good caramel hit and some nuts. A bit hoppy. Good beer.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Long lost rating found while cleaning up the house. Pours a deep brown with a offf white head. Aroma is caramel nuts malt roast fruits and toffee. Flavor is nuts caramel quite sweet and really struck me as odd overall. Not what I expected but still decent.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color with an off white head. Smelled of dark fruits, toffee, and light cotton candy. Medium bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect. A distinct cola flavor reminiscent of Coca-Cola dominated, but there was also a flower blossom/perfume accent. Strange.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany brew with a reddish hue around the fringes, Aroma is somewhat sweet but muddled; there arenít any defining characteristics. Taste of caramel, nut, and grape (yes, grape)...but lacks the sour to balance it out.