Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was an okay beer for what I got it for. Dark amber, almost black in color with a tannish head. Sweet in taste and I picked up some licorice in the flavor. Not my cup of tea (or beer for that matter) but average.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the darkest and thickest ales I’ve ever had. Very nice rich dark brown color, almost like cola colored, but very little head. A sugary aroma, even though a little thicker, quite smooth, with a nice hoppiness. Not too overpowering or lacking on the hops. Since I am inexperienced with a lot of winter brews, I have nothing to compare it to, but this has been my favorite of the couple of winter brews I’ve had, and Weyerbacher once again makes a great microbrew.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice chocolate and crystal malt aromas. Decent body. Brown-auburn in color with mimimal head. Toffee, chocolate malt and mild hops in the flavor profile. Finish is mildly malty with bitterness evident. Nothing too impressive, but nothing bad either. Like the other Weyerbacher beers I’ve tried, this is a take it or leave it beer.
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured into the glass a ruby red color, very clear. The head was whitish that did not stick around, it left a small white skim across the top. There was no lace to speak of. The aroma had hints of roasted malt, smoke, earth, slate, spices, sugar and alcohol. The taste was of roasted malt, earth (kind of left a dry dirt flavor in the mouth) some hints of slate, a little smoke and spices. Slightly sweet in the middle but the earthy taste really stood out at the end. To be honest an interesting beer that was really not that bad. It really didn’t match up with the food that I was having, but would be good watching tv or at a small gathering with light food.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this stuff was pretty good. definately could use a little more of the so called roasty flavor. definately malty.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Very strong chocolate malt flavor. Tastes more like a schwarzbier than a strong ale. I felt this was a decent offering and an interesting twist on a winter ale.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark garnet, medium tan head receding quickly, mild malty nose. Has off-flavors that appear in Belgian ales that I rate poorly. Possibly the bottle was off - this is a drain pour. I’ve been impressed with this brewer’s other offerings, so I will try again.
JFGrind (1777) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I could taste the chocolate malts but the aroma was lacking. Dry finish and the brewer masks the high alcohol content well, but I agree it seems to be missing something.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 (2003-04) Seems like the same to me.
Deep ruby red. thin head and lace. Nose of roasted chocolate. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, texture is a bit watery , detracting a bit. Smooth, a bit of a hop bite at end. Good but doesnt "grab you"
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chocolate undertones in the flavors, very smooth beer, a bit of a dry bitter finish, and just like the description says this is a very warming beer