DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 (12 oz bottle: The Cellars in Roseville, MN) Here in America, with the word "winter" in the beer name, I’ve been conditioned to expect a darker, heavier beer than what I’m getting here, but I knew going into this beer that it’s a Vienna style. A very caramely, moderately sweet, lightly toasty maltiness is the dominant flavor, with a relatively mild hops bitterness lending some semblence of balance. The nose is very malty, with some honey sweetness as well. Medium bodied with a nice round mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation, but the sweetness gets a little tiring on the palate. Dark amber in color and fully clear. The off-white head has good size during the pour, but it dissipates rapidly down to a thin sheen and rim of foam, leaving some patches of lace scattered around the glass. As Viennas go, this is flavorful, fairly malty, somewhat balanced and not sickeningly sweet, so it’s definitely worth a try.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 Pours a light, amber brown. Looks smooth, with no fizz rising to the top. Head is medium, white foamy edges. Smells like spiced honey bread with a faint aroma of orange peels. Taste is more lively than expected - full of malt and caramel, like an Oktoberfest. Has a yeasty finish that has a slight bite of bitterness from the hops, but then it quickly transforms into a smooth aftertaste. Thinner than I expected, but still good.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich gold with light white head. Faint nose with some light hops. Light mouthfeel with sweet/bitter finish(light). Light roasted flavors with some carmel and candy notes. Nice light brew though not much of a winter warmer!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured redish orange. Small whte head.No aroma?,Wow, there is a strong alcohol presence and I notice the head lacing nicely. There is a bitter hoppy taste as it warms. I wonder what the % alcohol is? I would prefer something darker and more full bodied coming in from a winter SKAL.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Pours a rich reddish mahogany color with a nice sized creamy head. nice malt flavor but not as quite full bodied as some of the other Capital brews. Still a solid offering though
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at brewery. 2004’s Skal pours a beautiful red/amber color with a moderate/thin whitish head. Aroma on the malty/sweet side. Taste is powerful good. Honey and grain. Very balanced, but with alcohol/malt/hops all elevated. Creamy, quaffable but strong. I really like this beer.
badgerben (5058) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a thin head. Very grainy aroma. The taste is just plain old malt with a little spice to it. Pretty plain, but tasty.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light Amber Coloring. White Head. Malt, Hops, Herbal, With Some Interestin’ Spices....Dry at the End.. Little Different Then Your Average Winter Brew and Overall Not Bad.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty copper hue, with a nice white head, it’s crystal clear. Nice balanced aroma, malty (sweet and nutty), some floral hops, and a crisp and spicey yeast aroma. Good malt flavor upfront, bready then nutty, with mild bitterness. It finishes clean with a sparkling carbonation and a caramel aftertaste. This beer won’t make me excitied for winter as Capital claims, but it may help the time pass more easily.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big full bodied amber color beer. Wonderful nutty aroma with big mouthfeel. On tap at the Capital Brewery tap room. One of my fav’s of the evening. Much bigger body than the rest with a great balance in flavors