daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
22 oz bottle. Dark brown pour, light brown head. Very spicy aroma, cinnamon and ginger are big players, licorice, molasses and some roasted malt. Flavor is sweet, body is pretty nice. I get a lot of cinnamon and clove, oranges, licorice, birch syrup and roasted malt. This is really damn good. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2004
(labeled as Bitter Root Winter Ale) Clear copper body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, grape, butterscotch, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/butterscotch, peach, grape, some grapefruit, earthy, light smoke. Medium-full body, somewhat sticky. Good stuff, nice variety of flavors going on. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
22oz bomber pours clear amber with tan head. The aroma has a good deal of rich nearly vibrant winter spiciness and then heading into roasted malts and some spicy anise like black licorice. The taste is similar where I get spicy anise infused Christmas cookie and black strap molasses. Well behind those notes are echoes of malts and faint dark fruity esters. This is a darn tasty winter type brew Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JAN 5, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby color bordering on mahogany. Upon pouring there is a small off white head of a tan colored foam. The head fades moderately quickly, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is sweet and roasty with lots of roasted malt smells, containing some smoke and a good deal of sweeter cherry, plum, and raisin. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of a light yeasty aroma as well as a little bit of spice of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste – The taste begins with a blend of sweet and roasty, with the sweet being a mix of a molasses taste with that of some darker fruit flavors of cherry, plum, and raisin. Along with these flavors come a little bit of spice upfront, being mostly of a cinnamon and nutmeg. While the spice is very light upfront, it grows quite a bit stronger as the taste advances, with the cinnamon becoming one of the more dominant flavors. The sweetness increase a little bit as well, with it gaining a little more fruit at the expense of a little bit of the molasses. With just a hint of coffee, some light booze, and a surge of the more sweet flavors at the very end of the taste, one is left with a nice sweeter and warming, decently but balanced, spiced, flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the darker roasted and light boozed flavors the feel is rather nice, as it accentuates these well, all while the moderate carbonation level does rather well for the fruit and molasses. Overall the feel was rather nice and balanced, never leading to one component of the brew from becoming too overwhelming.
Overall – A rather nice winter warmer overall, with a good fruity and sweet base mixed with a nice roasty and balanced spiced and boozed flavor overall.
egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Poured a reddish amber color with a thin, off white head. Aroma of butterscotch, cherry, strawberries, grapes, and smoke. Taste started sweet, grapes being dominant, light alcohol, and a smokey finish. Interesting, and a nice change.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Deep red-brown. Weird nose, starts out smelling like butterscotch and then immediately jumps over to smelling smoky, no real transition. Very strange. Tastes like grapes with loads of pepper, then gets the quick hit of smokiness. It’s a bit sulfury, kind of like the smell of a match. Does have a nice palate, film coats the mouth nicely. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Roasted malts up front fruity notes light sweetness orange peel clove vanilla. Nice nose. Pours auburn with a nice head and creamy lace. Flavors of roasted malts vanilla orange peel light clove. Fruity sweetness balanced with dry roast and a decent hop presence. Good! kyzr (1548) - Montana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Could be the best beer that Bitter Root does. Very nice pour out of the bottle. Decent head, with nice sweet malt up front. Hops are there, and it finishes with a strong alcohol taste. Like Kaya said, will be even better in March. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Ruby broen clear with a small tan head. The aroma is buttersctoch, tobacco smoke, vinouos, quite nice. Flavor is a smokey sweetness thourghout pepper and grapes also. Medium dry body with a bitter finish. Nice stuff. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle: Redish amber color with a tiny tan head. Medium bodied. Aroma: alcohol, butterscotch, smoke, grapes. Taste: vinous grapes, butterscotch, pepper, smoke, toasted grains. Interesting.