mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2002
<HTML>This is a great winter session beer. While it doesn’t rank high in the warming category, it is absolutely delicious! It’s a lot like Sam Adams Winter Lager only with less alcohol. The price was a little steep ($7.79 + 8% tax + deposit) for a beer with only 4.5% ABV. I will try it again, but not as often as I would like, due to the steep price. RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
My first cask beer and also had it during my first visit to Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn as well.
Pours a slightly clouded dark ruby brown with a thick tan head. Nose is fruity sweet with a sugary presence. Taste is a firm hop presence, but not overpowering. Nice wood flavor that is easy going and not overdone. Feel is smooth and silky. Goes down oh so smooth. Highly drinkable off the cask and well worthy of losing my cask virginity to, apparently. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Very nice red color with a light tan head which lingers for a while. Nice malty background with lots of hops to balance it out. Aroma is has more english hop aroma similar to a nice esb. Would have been better with more alcohol to make it a better winter beer. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Amber with good, foamy beige head / Sweet malty, toffee nose / Medium, creamy body with good finish / Moderately sweet flavors of burnt sugar with undertones of semisweet chocolate / A fuller bodied amber with sweet, syrupy character. bsm80 (144) - Massapequa Park, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
I will call it a sexy amber pour for a cold winter day. Thin head, great balance of hops and malt hints of spice. Delightful caramel / spice scent. Blue Point nailed it again with this seasonal.
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Brightly dark ruby brown color that is brilliantly bold to view through. Capping is smallish and creamy tight of a light sandy tan hue. Keeps a firm skim present the whole consumption period. Packed in spotty lacing is stitched across the glass with good sticking power.
Aroma is soft of cocoa powdered fluff with a bit of whole grain breadyness thats a titch on the sweetened doughy side.
Taste is firm and round of some soft brown bread dough sweetness, some cocoa hints, perhaps a drip of maple. Semi soft and drying hoppy finish that’s fresh and green with a hint of grass and grain.
Feel is about medium with fairly solid tone and firm carbonation that keeps a nice tight tang and smallish bite of action adding to the overall flavors.
A nice drinking Winter ale (Red/Brown ale) thats soft, firm, and just tasty enough. obguthr (6456) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Tea and vanilla aroma, maybe a little toffee. Tea colored, with a medium yellow head, good lacing. Malt forward swiftly transitioning to tea and cherries at midpalate. Finishes with grass and moss. Unusually bitter for an amber. Perhaps a little over done with whatever hop gives the bitter mossiness. At the same time, I think it may appeal to people who like that. It’s quite good, and it certainly is different. DruncanVeasey (8239) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2013
For breakfast, with egg-topped parmesan polenta and a side of roasted sprouts and chestnuts. [email protected]
Park on 10th Ave, 18/12/11. Mahogany with a persistent cream top. Heady choc-sprinkled fig aroma; dark breads, malt loaf. Balanced, malt loafy, doppelbock-like and smothered in milk choc, fig and lactic goodness. Trace of nuts. Full and rich, very festive. Could have been in Munich with this one. 4.5%??! Had to go and check the handpull to confirm I’d got the right beer. Blue Point’s dark efforts impress me.
Poured from Bottle. Dark, clear amber. Thich head which lingeres.
Malty aroma. Smooth winter beer. Spiced taste but not overpowering. Very enjoyable