RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
A pleasingly warming beer with its amber hue showing off its rich malt heritage. Mildly bittered with a smooth hop flavor complementing the malt. Winter Skal makes a person welcome the onslaught of the cold. Available November through January.
2014 vintage - 5.8% abv

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 (12 oz bottle: The Cellars in Roseville, MN) Here in America, with the word "winter" in the beer name, Ive been conditioned to expect a darker, heavier beer than what Im getting here, but I knew going into this beer that its 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 its definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2004
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 12, 2004
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!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Tap at brewery. 2004s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (5058) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Pretty copper hue, with a nice white head, its 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 wont make me excitied for winter as Capital claims, but it may help the time pass more easily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Big full bodied amber color beer. Wonderful nutty aroma with big mouthfeel. On tap at the Capital Brewery tap room. One of my favs of the evening. Much bigger body than the rest with a great balance in flavors

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