edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Very unusual, but nice, aroma. Cherries, maybe? Appears dark red with good amount of head. Malty flavor, cherries again, very good. Better flavor as it warms. Malty and good. chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Aromas of apple cider, apricot, banana mild herbal spruce note, hint of piney hops. Carmel bready malts.
Flavor is medium roasted malt, black bread, molasses. Along with apricot, dark fruits (cherry, plum) Ample hops, but not something that stands out as much of highlight.
Easygoing palate, overcarbed, deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2007
I like this beer, especially today, on a balmy, rainy fall evening. Lovely color in the glass, fine-grained, unremarkable head - although it does stick around. Faint nose of roasted malts, seconded by sweet hops, a well-balanced mating that follows into the flavor and mouthfeel. No overwhelming sugars and spices, but this is definitely nice. A totally reasonable winter choice! mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2006
This reminds me a little of the IPA, but not quite as good and not quite as bitter. Dark brown in color and tastes a little like a brown. A little bite and a little better beer than I was expecting ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Pours a deep brown with a nice brown head. tastes of malts and spices, most notably nutmeg, and cloves. wish there was more of a hop presence though. my least favorite of the winter warmers this season.
webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 im rating this for my own benefit, just to remind myself that i really like this beer, and to definitely try again. cant remember the specifics, but i will give a formal review once i try again once its released again. I do remember this being my favorite winter warmer this season. HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark walnut brown color with a medium light tan head. Caramel aroma with a bit of sweet fruit and roasted barley. Just a bit sweet, with cherry and molasses up front, some chocolate undertones and a very slight bitter end. Fairly soft mouthfeel. Good, but not as deep ("heavy"?) a roasted flavor as many of the other winter brews. oldgrumpy (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
One of my earliest craft beers and I still remember how good it tasted. I would love to find another
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone eeblah (106) - Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Nice strong ale, good to keep you warm in the winter. Slightly bitter malty drink, with good name. archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
now this is some wicked shit very strong flavor and a ruby red color and gives a killer head and a bitching migraine the next day if you have a 6 pack