Jayb0 (1153) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like that this winter beer doesn’t try too hard, it’s just a hearty take on scotch ale that doesn’t go crazy, just gives you that malty, maybe very slightly smoky, satisfying beer for a winter evening, and gives you something at a reasonable ABV.
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good enjoyable beer. It has some earthy tones and a deep amber color. Enjoy.
yespr (39627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at Sunset Grill. Pours clear and golden orange with a small, creamy and white head. Aroma is mild fruity and slight malty to caramelish. Roasted malty and slight caramelish flavoured. Light bitter and medium dry finish.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Orangey amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and flavor: lots of caramel, some raisins and cherry, spicy hops. Good English ale, but not particularly wintry.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap. amber pour with a decent head. spicy, with a bit of sweetness. limited body and finish. nice winter beer but a bit too sweet for me.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What I expected from their winter offering, pours a nice frothy foam that shrinks down to lace the top of the glass, looks appetizing, taste is good, malty, hoppy and bitter at the end, spiced, doesn’t jump out and grab you as much as I would like, reminds me of a mellowed out SN Celebration Ale, which much less hop. I bought a 12 pack, although I am not disappointed because it is very drinkable, I think this is a little above average and is not as distinct as I would have though.
luttonm (4449) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft in MA. Rich winter brew with great malting. Body is a bit too thin and the ’scotch’ isn’t too prominent. Ends too sweet and fruity.
Derek881 (1236) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this beer in the lodge after my first ski trip, at Wachusett Mountain. The beer had a cloudy, dark amber color with a bubbly white head that had good retention and some cling. The beer had a smoky caramel malt and light dense fruit aroma mixed with some lighter grainy and grassy hops scents. The taste was largely sweet with a caramel presence, but also some bitterness too. It had a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and was fairly wet with average carbonation.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Nice and malty. Toffee. Not all that Christmasy, but a nice winter warmer. All sorts of malts. Warming.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark orangey amber with a large, off-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was moderate toasted, nutty, molasses and caramel malts; light chocolate; light herbal and earthy hops; apple, cherry and toffee. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet, lightly bitter and slightly sour with and average to long duration. There was toffee, caramel, a little chocolate, earthy hops, some citrus and earthy hops, burnt caramel, cookies, toasted and nutty malts, cherry and apple. The medium body was a bit syrupy and then a bit dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic, slightly astringent and lightly dry finish.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to jayli for sending this one along. Pours clear orange-gold with an off-white head. Nose is malt, cherry, slight hops, and Christmas air. Flavor is same, though a bit watered down. So-so overall.