Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It has a best by date of 3/8/14 and cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Clear, bright shade of copper/burgundy. Pours to an average size, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: General malty aroma with hints of the usual scents for the style. Smells more like an Oktoberfest than a true Scotch Ale.
Taste: Scotch Ales are, in my opinion, an acquired taste. They’re very rich in character, has a smoky/peaty astringency and tend to be big in body. Wachusett Winter Ale has those qualities, but with less intensity. It’s remarkably drinker-friendly, making it a good introductory beer for those unfamiliar with the style.
The palette starts out with a nice malty flavor, similar to that of an Oktoberfest with distinct toffee and caramel flavors but without any lager character at all (as well it shouldn’t since it’s an ale). Slightly dry bitterness at the crest of the swig with subtle notes of chocolate and peat moss on the finish. There’s a slight tang or astringency on the back end, though I wouldn’t considering it a distraction per se. Hints of butterscotch on the aftertaste, at least momentarily.
Drinkability: While Wachusett Winter Ale may not be the best Scotch Ale ever, it’s in contention of the smoothest and most drinkable of the style I’ve ever had. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but soft with a smooth texture and easy finish. This would be an ideal accompaniment with cheese, or as an after-dinner beverage or nightcap. Though at only 6.1% ABV it’s not that heavy of a beer, but not light enough to consider sessioning. A single serving is satisfying.
Derek881 (996) - St. Petersburg, Florida, 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.
Jayb0 (994) - 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.
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mahars. Poured a nice reddish brown with a deep thick ring with nice lacing. Aroma was not very strong, but was pleasant and sweet. Flavor and feel very nice, sweet and a bit tangy, nice and creamy.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper with a cream colored head. Malty dark bread and caramel aromas. Toasty malt flavor, with some berry notes and spices. Medium/full bodied, lively mouthfeel and restrained sweetness. Not too complex or busy and overall pretty good.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, December 2005 (from notes). Pours a dark brown with a frothy head. Aroma is heavy malt with a bit of chocolate characteristics. Flavor is a muddled mess of spices, chocolate, and malt, with a little hop as well. I did not like this at all.
Tonkun (758) - 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.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good. Medium bodied and flavorful. Nice caramel malt flavor with some cinnamon. Slightly sweet, with some hops and spiciness. Well balanced and easily drinkable.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The last of the Wachusett beers to try... It has a nice red color with some carbonation and a sweet malted smell. Taste is smooth, malty and finishes with a touch of alcohol. Overall this is the best from Wachusett hands down.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
nice amber/ orange colored ale with fast fading head. Aroma was caramel and vanilla. The taste took some effort to get but was some grassiness and pine. Almost reminded me of the smell of air in the fall with all the dieing leaves. Smooth texture