argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle) Small tan head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, nut, caramel, some earthy/spicy, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, spicy/earthy, nutty, some tea, caramel, light roast, chocolate. Light-medium body.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Appearance: Dark Amber, thick beige head. Aroma: Spicy, malty, nutty, some faint chocolate, light citrusy hops. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Nutty and spicy with just a hint of chocolate and caramel. Just enough hops to balance it out. Overall: I was quite surprised to see this wasn’t rated a little bit higher. Not the best beer in the world but very tasty and drinkable.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of chocolate, bubblegum, grapefruit hops, nuts, and light spices. Poured dark brown in color with a small beige head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor of chocolate, bubblegum, citrus hops, and nuts. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Sweet finish.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent, It doesn’t remind me of a winter beer at all though. Not very malty or sweet. The hops add a peppery taste. Slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Winter Cheer
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
clear dark brown, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
sweet chocolate aroma with a touch of spicyness,
rich dry chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness is quickly balanced with a spicy character, growing lingering bitter finish rises out of the spices,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet dark caramel with some earthy grapefruity hops. Body starts drier, earthy and bitter with a fairly full palate and a dry bittersweet finish. Has decent flavor and is still pretty drinkable, but not anything all to exciting.
jrob21 (2184) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Noticeable roasted malt flavor gives it a hint of coffee. Pours a slightly opaque brown color with some red if you hold it up to the light. Slight caramel, syrup, and licorice aroma. Decent drink but not something to write home about.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich Nut Brown colored liquid with a thick beige foam. Nose is very malty and richly nutty. Taste is dry and a rich nutty flavor. body is full and round. Good bitters on finish.
morrdt (675) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Six pack picked up at Publix here in Jacksonvile, FL. I watched this six pack for a week or two, and decided on Sunday it was time to give it a good home. Beer pours a very dark amber color, nearly brown with a lasting light tan head. Aroma is a nice, hearty malt. Taste is rich and malted, with a nice hoppy finish that isn’t too sharp, just enough to let you know the beer is good. Very nice beer.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Very easy to drink. It was nice, just not what I think of as a winter beer. To me, Autumn is just fine for this one. Very well balanced. Got even better when warmer. A really nice beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark brownish red with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. It looked very cola like. The aroma was light to moderate chocolate and mild coffee along with moderate pine and citrus hops. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter, while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter with and average duration. The flavor was caramel malt into piney hops with a slight bit of chocolate and coffee. The medium body was oily with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic and lightly astringent finish.