Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Jan. 2007 - Pretty deep brown color, but no head at all or lacing...like none at all. Egads, this beer does NOT smell good...like smelly rotten fruit. Ick...it tastes like rotten fruit, too. Sweet, but putrid. Who voluntarily buys this after having it previously?? Avoid like the plague! Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Draught, 2012. Murky amber colour. Sweet with a figgy character. Too sweet and the phenols are too strong. Still not into this one.Palidor19 (3188) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle, Brewery Creek, 2008
Gold-tinged amber-brown colour. It’s a really nice colour, actually. Weak head. Toasty, earthy nose with some brown sugar and tobaccoey hop notes. Heavily toasty palate with caramel & cheesy oxidized hop accents. Sweetish finish. Rather boring.
Not too much to this, the malts are not very anything special and the hops are kinda of weak, there is a slight tang at the end that is not overall appealing. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
The aroma is toasted malt, toffee, and yeast. The appearance is deep amber-red brown and quite nice with a medium head. The flavor is like the aroma and very doughy. The palate is smooth and good. Overall I like it but it’s more like an esb. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Pours a crystal clear, dark reddish amber color. A small, fizzy, cream colored head settles quickly to a wispy film, leaving behind minimal traces of spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet and floral, with a disappointing corny component. There are some dry, woodsy notes, with indiscernible dark fruits and a good deal of spicy floral hops. The flavor matches the nose point for point, and is unfortunately void of any rich chocolate or caramel malts. The medium body and lively mouthfeel are a bit too sharp and astringent. Finishes long and somewhat sour. This isn’t what comes to mind when I think of a Scotch Ale. Decent at best.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle sampled before a scotch ale tasting. Pours with just wisps of a head. Aroma is pretty damn buttery along with a boozy, woody thing. Flavor is chocolate and caramel, toffee with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Some liquor soaked orange also. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2008
6-pack for Super Bowl. Or a 5-pack now. Full head on dark orange or red-copper depending on lighting. Too much of a cold to detect much more than a light malt scent. (may update the aroma Sunday) Flavour is a bit of alcohol soaked in earthy notes. Makes me think of moss and leaves. A hint of warm ginger in the finish. efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2008
pours a ruby copper with a tannish off-white head. aroma is toasty nuts, a little cocoa, some woodiness and honey. taste is toast, honey, some wood, maltiness and a dab of chocolate. not bad. not too complex, but has a nice overall taste. would fit nicely into a session. mouthfeel is a little chewy, mid-full bodied. not sticky-sweet, but it is a little sweet. finish leaves some sugary cereal taste on the tongue. would try again, though i’m not sure why they call it a winter ale, it seems like more of an autumn brew to me. Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2008
From a bottle into a pint glass with a small head. Pours an amber color. Smells of alcohol and almost a slight bit of honey to my broken nose. I felt it was a light taste for a winter but the aftertaste stuck around nicely. mrant (330) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Smells of dark roasted malts and bready sweet yeast. Pours a clear brown color with a pillowy off-white head. Taste is rich roasted malts, notes of chocolate and caramel with bready yeast flavors. a very nice winter ale