OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 11, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 This wasn't too bad but it was a little rough. I would rather drink Big Sky's Moose Drool anyday. robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
This is being bottled in Portland, Oregon now so maybe thatís why I was able to get it in late September. Anyways, at first I wasnít sure if I like it, but after it warmed up for a minute (open) the flavor profile started to improve. If there are any special spices in there, they donít come out. Frankly, some of the winter beers out there are over spiced. The head could have lasted a little longer, but there was a tad bit of foam there. Nice amberish color. I would buy this again. NO! Make that, I WILL buy this again. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
Thick head, rich brown color. Molasses nose, some steelyness. Creamy start with fruit, carmel, chocolate and some hops. Well balanced, not a bad winter session beer. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Fairly dark amber wth a small tan colored head. The aroma is green beans along with some bread dough and a hint of overripe apples. The taste has a full light cinnamon bread along with some hints of pears. A very nice and well balanced EPA. This is an ideal session ale. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Deep mahagoney color with brownish hues and a tan head. The aroma is a mild caramel malt sweetness. Light - medium bodied. Not overwhelming but sweet toffee, caramel, and malt flavors. Lacking in any punch at the finish. However, a pleasant winter ale.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Pours mohogany brown w/ a full semi creamy froth. Aroma of fresh candied malt. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are malty w/ candy fruit and spice. Has a finely roasted nutty character. Moderate bittering on the finish. Towards the end of the glass the brew becomes more watery and thin, losing itís vitality. I had to swirl my glass around to conjure up more froth. This helped just enough to enjoy the last few sips. The hop profile on this is low so itís easy to get down. Overall: a mellow brew with fruity malt and a roasted nutty character. DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Thanks to Jake for another winner. This one pours clear deep coppery ruby colored, with a 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sour mashy fruit, hops, figs, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Tastes caramel malty as a base, with hints of figgy fruit, brown sugar, spices, and plum notes. Krausen (102) - USA - DEC 17, 2006
Good winter ale, nice caramel and fruity notes without overwhelming alcohol or hop. Great balance for a drinkable beer. A nice departure from the flood of spiced, over hopped and over sweet beers. notoutpink (6) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2006 does not count
An excellent seasonal ale. Smells of caramel, hops, and dark fruits and has a similarly well balanced taste. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Cloudy dark amber pour. Smells darkly fruity, some cherry and raspbery, as well as toffee. Tastes of plums, followed quickly by nuts and caramel. Bigger roasty flavors follow after that. Finish dries out the mouth a bit and tastes of plums again, followed by residing roast bitterness. Good transitioning flavors and a decent winter beer, but it needs something more to achieve greatness.