drjay44 (3799) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft. Pours a medium, poorly retained ivory head, over a clear amber (SRM 10) body).....nose is cereal, umami, hints of beef, grapefruit peel, pine resin.....taste is rich slightly sweet malts, umami, grapefruit, moderate bitter finish.....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation low, clean light acid finish. This is a moderately bitter, English Strong Ale, which could use a bigger and more complex malt back bone. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6 savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Growler. Clear light amber with a small off white head. Aroma of toasty malt, pine, lemon and dough. Flavor is malty with a light hop bitterness and some alcohol. Medium body with soft carbonation. Nice. koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
12 oz bottle. The pour on this is a clear copper with a moderate white head that fades to a film, leaving decent lace. The aroma is very malty. There isn't a whole else going on. Lots of malt. Maybe a little touch of caramel. The flavor is a little more awkward. There is a dominant malt character and a strange combination of sweetness and bitterness. There is almost a little but of a metallic or plant type of flavor as well. The mouth feel is really thin, and the bitterness hangs around
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ajmkendrick (23) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2013
This Winter Ale pours a deep golden orange with a thick off white head. It comes in pretty high on the hops scale like an IPA. It is slightly creamy on the palate. I’m not a fan of beers this high on the IBU scale typically, however the nice mouth feel and the higher alcohol level make it enjoyable to drink. AFMcKone (35) - Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Not huge on winter ales so it's hard to rate within the style. Balanced and not overpowered by the fruity spice of winters. Still not entirely remarkable.
dereksup (13) - - DEC 23, 2013
Spiced as a good winter beer should be. I could use a little more, though. I want to enjoy a winter beer and feel full up on the spiciness of wintriness by the end of the season, and I simply cannot see this beer doing that for me. scottnasty420 (17) - - DEC 23, 2013
Pretty enjoyable brew. Nothing exceptionally special about it but pretty enjoyable. strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Really a bizarre brew for me. Clear orange with skimpy clear white head. A simple sweet malt nose with spice undertones. To me this tastes like burnt caramel, plants, and popcorn. Thick malt. An unusual flavor combo that somehow works. Strangely enjoyable. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled Unk, vintage 2011
A: copper with two fingers of off-white billowed foam falls to a sheet of the same and leaves behind cobweb lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Earthy hops, tea and some metallic malts.
T: Malt. Sweet malt and some metallic off flavors. Quite sweet.
M: Medium bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish.
O: Meh, okay, sessionable. Would drink if already drunk. Really unobtrusive.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2011 brewbattles (40) - - DEC 9, 2013
We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out: