argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper body with medium, light-tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel tinged with nice spiciness and perhaps banana. Sweet maltiness is dominant, also some floral hoppiness. Minimally bitter in the swallow and aftertaste, but even then there’s more sweetness than bitterness. I’m missing the roastiness that’s supposed to be here.
Bov (10926) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 12, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown colour, few head, roasted, full-bodied, very malty
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Pours rich brown (the picture on the left is inaccurate). Smells of roasted nuts and cranberries? Taste is very strong and full, similar to Jubelale in it’s fruity fullness. Finish is full and long, but not dry.
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Acajou colour. Orangey head, slight. Cookie dough, apple pie; later hops-grassy/herbal. Very roasted-bitter taste, hops too. Very rich mouthfeel indeed. Alcoholburn – would have guessed 7 ABW, instead of ABV. Bittereffect doesn’t last long. Overall: yeah. This is where it halts. It is roasted, it is rich, and hoppy – and not very characterfull.
slowrunner77 (7875) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"a very good alt, but barely average as far as what’s offered as winter seasonals...but i don’t even know if they make it anymore. Brrr and snow plow are both better options anyway. nice malty, nuttiness, but not too exciting."
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Dark ruby color with little aroma. This is a medium body but somewhat malty tasting beer that's easy to drink. Slightly roasty and some hops, but nothing spectacular.
Ernest (6906) - 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.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 Nice floral aroma, slight hop presence with pineish notes. Dark brown with good lacing. Nice sweet bitterness and balance, very smooth.
beerguy101 (5340) - 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.
jsquire (3866) - 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.