reliantkcar (102) - USA - FEB 8, 2010
hay, citrus, dough, amber, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light body, average carbonation, long finish, Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
I love Capital Beers. This is no exception. Awesome beer. Nice Caramel, hoppy, bitter presense in a smooth drinkable beer. Another huge thank you to JPDIPSO for another awesome mindblowing beer. jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2004
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. SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Red-amber in color. A thicker, moderatately tight head. You can smell the smoky roasted notes immediately with this beer. Flavor at first is crisp and the roasted flavors quickly come out. The roasted flavor is definitely not a strong coffee roast, it is more mellow. Like roasted grain. Heavy enough to keep you warm in the winter, and yet not so heavy to weigh the palette down. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Color is a clear amber with a thin off-white bubbly-foamy head that fizzed away after a minute and had some light patchy lace. Smell is very nice, its a sweet fruity delight of green grapes along with a bit of apple and peach and has a smoothing sweet malt backing. The smell and taste was very close to Hales Wee Heavy Winter but just a tad lighter. The taste is mild and light with a clean, sweet, smooth malt with a very slight and mildly bright hop thats citrusy/tangy, just a bit of green grapes and apple; all very subtle and smooth. Feel is light bodied and silky smooth, has a interesting light tang hold that reminds me of a wet wine and gets barely dry in the finish. This is very drinkable and is a very subtle, intesting beer.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
I got a lot of flavor out of this. It had a nice big bocky quality, with light berry notes coming in from all over the place. Nuanced and nicely balanced. Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 A truly complex beer. Each sip goes through a myriad of flavor stages. A distinct roasted flavor and the thin red-amber color give this away as a winter seasonal, but what truly stands out is its intricate aftertaste. Going from roasted, to tangy and mellow, and then to slightly sweet and crisp, this beer packs in a bewildering amount of taste, although nothing stands out in paticular besides the roast. The taste is disarmingly nice, faints hints of everything, but nothing overpowering. A distinct treat. Gmku (302) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Great winter brew. Love the toasty, slightly woody flavor. Sometimes it tastes a bit like cherry to me. Clean finish and rather simple but very enjoyable. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.
Appearance: Clear amber-gold with frothy off-white head.
Aroma: Biscuit, caramel, cherry and spicy & floral noble hops.
Taste: Great fruity malts (cherry and some other stuff) with layers of bread, toast and biscuit. Lightly spicy, floral and bitter on the finish.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, nice dry and crisp finish.
Overall: Not exactly sure why this is a winter seasonal. But I am sure that this is an excellent Vienna-like lager - well balanced with tasty malts but a nice, dry hop kick. Capital knows how to make lagers with the best of them.
JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 3, 2002
I'll rate the 2001 version. I really like this recipe. A nice copper color with a solid head. This year's seems to be a little young and could have used a few more weeks of lagering, ah the pressures of getting shelf space. A really nice malt flavor, I believe begium aromatic malts give this smooth mouth feel (kind of like rye).
I look forward to tapping the keg in my refrigerator in a few weeks to see if the extra aging help.