SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2005
12 oz bottle purchased as a single at Whole Foods. Pours clear orange-amber with a thin white head. Delicious fruity malt aroma with maple, vanilla and a hint of spice. Flavor is very sweet, toasty, fruity malts with pepper and spice - kind of reminiscent of a fruit cake - and becomes a bit cloying as it warms. Medium body and pricly carbonation. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Nice looking Copper Orange with a mild sweet nose. Not tasting any spurce or pine. However this has a nontart raspberry flavor. Feels good and I like it. Saarlander (1920) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2005
I liked this one, quite hoppy, with some nice spiciness to it. Easy drinking. Copper color, nothing really dominates this one, good to drink! cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2005
I couldn’t detect much aroma. Nice copper color. Spicey sweet malt flavor. Light body with a light head. Very good beer, but I don’t think I could drink more than a couple at one time. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
From the bottle
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Pours a clear dark orange with a limited head.
Aroma is piney hops and an unmistakable hint of spruce; the flavor is a good balance of warm toasted malt with fruity hops, accented by the spruce. Mouthfeel is good, finish is dry but not powerfully so.
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Bottle, 2005 version. Pleasant hoppy spiced pine aromas. Good balance of malt and hops, spices and hints of spruce. Mouthfeel was light to medium, not a lot of warming, actually somewhat refreshing. A very nice enjoyable ale. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Aromas of spice and pine standout. Also noticed a cherry aroma as well. Dark amber/orange color body with tan small tan disipating head. Crisp bitter and spicy flavor at first. In the middle and end the bitterness subsides to a good malty spice warming flavor. Leaves a spice and malty aftertaste. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2005
This 2005 version was a very light winter ale version. This winter warmer needs a bit more to be in this category. There is a good aroma of spruce and malt to this beer. There is also a strong flavor of alcohol whish is a good sign. The beer just tasted a bit light for this style. I liked it due to it did not take my head off on one beer like others in the style can and will do. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper color. It pours like a coke with a fizzy tan head that dies away instantly. Malty aroma with notes of roasted nuts, spice and woodshed. Tastes like a berry flavored beer with wild rice notes. There is a bit of hop bitterness. dry finish. . mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - NOV 7, 2005
On tap @ Naja’s. Poured a deep copper color. Very nice looking beer. The aroma was very fruity and sweet. Was not expecting that. The fruitiness (berry) comes out in the flavor as well. Was not sure what to expect from this brew and it surprised me for sure. Overall, a pretty decent beer, but I’ll try a different winter offering next time.