Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2008
341mL light mahogany beer of English influence. Heavily filtered, slightly oxidized. Bought in Winooski/Burlington less than a month ago.
dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2008
No spices. Clean marris otter. Fair dryness on the palate. Not too warming. Fair drinkability. Earthy, honeyed nuances. Cheap price (1.50 a bottle)
Loose body - kinda slick and not very lively, very filtered. Rather simple, not very exciting. Frail hop character. A bit swift on the move from sweetness to dryness. Relying completely on the malts, yet their extraction does not bring much complexity.
Pours watery red with a small off white head. Aroma is malty and cardboard. Thick malty taste with bits of holiday spice and sweetness. I have to believe this was a bad bottle, because this is not very good. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Name: Winter AleNachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Appearance: hazy dark red, fine beige head, srippy streaks of lace,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with floral and earthy hops,
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, nicely balanced with an earthly quality, touch of candy sweetness, nice spicyness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Bottle best before April 2008. Pours a dark mahogany with a very small head. Hm, this stuff smells rather juicy, lots of berries, caramel, brownies. Flavor is leaning strongly towards malts, again nice and juicy. Some faint earthiness, tobacco, raisins, and sweet whisky is noted. I liked this one rather well. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
12oz bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston. Pours a medium-dark copper with a bit of head. Decent malty aroma. Initial taste is of malts, but then leads to a slightly tangy bitterness to round things out. I was worried that this was going to be another all-malt-and-only-malt "winter beer" experience, and was happy that this offered a bit more.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Pours a copper colour with a medium off white head.
Aroma caries nutty, smokey earthy malt.
Malt flavour, slightly nutty-spice, tobacco tones. Bitter hook to the finish.
I zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Pours amber/brown, with a white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, nuts and fruit. Flavor is caramel, nuts, and malt. pintbypint (3723) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
12oz brown bottle. Red brown coloured brew with a very creamy beige head. Leaves spotty, streaky lacing in the glass. Nutty and matly aroma with some caramel in the background. Favour has some earthy malt, toffee and some nuttiness. Aftertaste is earthy, with roast/dark malts, dryish and woody. Medium body, softly carbonated. Alcohol not really noticable in this brew. A decent winter warmer. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours mahogany, with a medium off-white head, with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is malty, sweet with brown sugar and caramel, and a little fruity (raisin??). Flavor is similar, tasty brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate. Good malty mix. Good beer. dmruth (25) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Amber in color with significant carbonation. The nose and flavor is sweet and slightly fruity. The body is light with minimal "feel", but still smooth.