Ernest (6162) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted light bread), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Whimpering simple aroma and somewhat unbalanced flavor profile (too sweet), even judged as an altbier (on or off steroids), so I’m calling this one’s bluff. The mouthfeel is the best thing about it.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This reddish amber brew has initially brisk carbonation, but fizzles into a flat looking appearance. Although categorized as an altbier, Winternacht is for all observable purposes a winter warmer/english strong ale--and one of the better ones. A lovely, enigmatic aroma that I will characterize as vanilla bourbon candied malt with a dash of spruce. The texture rolls over the palate leaving syrupy ringlets of flavor that hesitate for a moment, and then dissipate.
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
malt, chocolate and nutmeg. deep brown color. not hopped too heavily. warming to drink. great winter ale. upgraded after going through several six-packs (not in one - night) - wonderful - perhaps my favorite winterbeer.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium brown color, small head, Malty aroma. Medium bodied alt. Slightly sweet malty flavor. Nice hop bite. Well balanced. Very tasty. A great winter beer. 7% alcohol not noticeable in the taste, but it warms you up quick. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Try this one, not only is it an excellent beer, but it’s an excellent example of style.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i’ve been waiting a long time to rate this beer because I’m inordinately interested in alts. The ones I’ve always favored have been heavier, darker, likely non-traditional sorts exemplified in my eyes by the one at the Arbor Brewing Company. This one seems to be more traditional but is still very good: a beautiful ruby color in the class and a strong, heady aroma start you off in good shape! The roasted flavour in this thing is actually subdued considerable, IMO, controlled a harmonzing lift of hops. Actually, the malt action plays base notes behind the hops’ saxaphoning, when all is said and done, imparting strength and substance to the spicy hopping. I like it.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A roasted ale that you can taste. A great winter brew that will warm you up quick!
jazz88 (2546) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A roasted ale. Amber color. Strong fruit (dark red) aroma with a roasted malty body. A nice winter ale.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very tasty brew. There is a lack of head, but the rich, dark color makes it very attractive. It is nice and smooth. Perfect for a cozy winter night.
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice red copper color but almost no head. Berry sweet nose with lots of alcohol. There is a subtle balance of sugar sweet malts and hop bitterness. I’m not sure I taste any roasty notes in here, but I found this bottle in the back of my fridge, where I think it has been since January ’02. The 7% warms you up nicely. I’m glad the air conditioning is on. A nice winter treat, even in August, and a good example of the Alt style.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tastier alt than the Long Trail Double Bag because the hops are more balanced by malt here. A good brew for a winter night.