bhindbluis (17) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Very dark, reddish color. Good flavor of hops and malt. great finish, but not so smooth you don't notice it. bartzluke (598) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 22, 2015
7.25 version. 12 oz pour from refrigerated bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Fairly aggressive pour produced a small white head that dissipated fairly quickly. A little bit of foam lingered though. Hazy copper with lots of carbonation. Nose is awesome. Kind of a caramel tropical fruit. Both strong malt and strong hops. Same goes for the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Taste is a strong buttery/biscuity backbone with great tropic fruit and citrus up from. Very well balanced with both the hops and the malt coming through strong. I am very impressed. brandon1989 (666) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2015
2014 Bottle:7.2% ABV. Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a thick off white head. The aroma is hops, caramel malts, and bread. The taste is sweeter up front, possibly the caramel. There is also some distinct pepper to this beer as well. I also pick up a moderate amount of hops and bitterness as well. The finish is crisp and has some breadiness as well. It is hard to pin point but there is almost some almond in the flavor as well. Great beer I highly recommend. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Finally a great new winter brew. Excellent. Aroma is full bodied. Appeance is nice and cloudy with dark brown hue. Very little head. Mouthfeel is alright but a lasting aftertaste. Flavor is full bodied and very nice. Thick winter malts are nice. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Super nice color which seems dark chestnut brown, ahh but hold it to the light and it becomes a lovely glowing amber agate with a deep reddish tone, gorgeous color. Head is tannish and thin, leaves very minimal lace. Aroma is all malts, sweet, dulled citrusy-like, fresh, touching on some caramel and nutty bagel dough. Taste has a smooth and easy malt profile, very drinkable, lightly sweet, some caramel, lightly chewy, bready light, some notions of dulled citrus melon, nutty dryness and dried hops come in late with some light dryness and calm bitterness. Solid medium body feel with a smooth, lightly creamy start and center, a bit chewy, finish goes to lighter drying of hops and nuts with a touch of bittering bite. A nice drinker this one! Quite subtle with a good amount of easy hefty malts. Its like taking Capital's Autumnal Fire and blending it with their Amber.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
This one was darker brown with a small, creamy head. It had a malty nose. There was a bit of a bite at first, but it went down smoothly. It is smooth, but not heavy. All in all it is a good beer. DenverLogan (1240) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Amber color; moderate head. Aroma of caramel malts & cereal. Flavors of amber malts, caramel, Cheerios, bitter English hops, clove, ginger, white pepper and metallic notes.
Re-Rate November 18 on tap at Cedar Creek Pub. Pours copper - amber with small head. Aroma of rich malt sweetness. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of grapefruit rind, amber malts, slight toothpaste, pine sap, pepper, candy cane. Overall big and bold with significant pine sap and mintiness. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear golden amber with billowing head and slight lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, toast and an undeniable similarity to Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which I associate with cinnamon and honey, but I don’t think that is in here, so not sure where that aroma is coming from.
Taste: Light malts of biscuit, toast and mead, with a nice layer of spicy English hops on top, which has a tinge of citrus and pine. Still getting some very light winter spices.
Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish.
Overall: Nice ale overall that does not seem to fit any known style. Kind of an English Strong Ale, kind of an Amber Ale, kind of a Spiced Winter Warmer (despite the lack of spices). This seriously confuses the hell out of me, but if I put my beer reviewing hat away, it is clear that I really enjoy it. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Purchased at Breeze Thru Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed on a very tired Monday after the Super Bowl, which should be observed as a national holiday. Appearance is a clear golden amber with a rich white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of citrus hops, a bit of spice, also caramel malt, has a nice aroma. Taste is surprisingly well balanced, winter ales typically go more malty and in this one the hops punch you just as much as the malt. Hops are middle ground between citrus and sprucey, has a unique spice note, malts are bready but there’s a sweetness in this as well. Medium to high carbonation, medium body. This is one solid winter ale, job well done! polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel malts, floral and citrus aromas and dried fruits. Medium orange amber hue with a small off-white head that left little lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice brew. Nice barely wine malts and aged hops. Loved it.