SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Very dark and on the sweet side of the christmas ale spectrum. Nice complex spices that don't overpower the beer. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
A really outstanding amber color with a small but creamy off white head. Great appearance, literally a solid sheet of lacing. Rich and creamy sweet maltiness, with a candyish brown sugar kick in the finish. Lovely toffee and just a bit of herbal hop spiciness A tasty beverage indeed. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled draught at Cascade Lakes Lodge, BendBudWeiser (10) - West Linn, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Copper ruby color, fairly dark with little head. Nose of fruity hops & sweet rich malts. Light plums & molasses. The flavor is rich, very full bodied, sweet & bitter, nice strong blend with an accompanying body that rocks. Finishes tangy, creamy, good.
12oz bottle. Nice copper color. Fruity cascade hop nose. Pleasant malty backbone with a balanced hop taste. Not overwhelming bitter. One of the better 2007 winter ales thus far. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle. Opaque tea color, reddissh brown, very silky creamy white head, spotty wet lacing. Spicy nose, some brown sugar, tinge of licorice, some clove, caramel and very slight chocolate. Caramel malt flavors, nice citrus hops, spicy, cinnamon, some banana, cocoa in the finish. Smooth and creamy, full of complex flavors.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Reddish amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and sweet with a hint of dark fruits. A medium bodied winter ale. Malts are nutty, sweet and fruity, touches of chocolate and toffee. Hops are spicy and a touch bitter. Malty and smooth this one is a nice belly warmer. Hides the 8.0% alcohol well. Nice smooth beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deeper brown color, very clear, nice ruby hue when lit. Aroma is light chocolate, light piney scent. Medium bodied, borders on a bit thin at times. Decent balance of malt and hop up front with a lingering hop bitterness that is pleasantly noticeable. Decent beer.Reid (2587) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Jan. ’08 bottle. Deep brown colored and quite clear. Small off-white head. Aroma is caramel and pine resin. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Darker roasted malt profile with a huge West Coast hop influence in flavor and aroma. Lingering bitterness. Not bad.
One of the North Wset winter offerings I never had.
12 oz brown shortneck bottle.
Its a nice , rather attractive, clear brown ale with a great frthy/bubbly tan head, great lacing.
The aroma is not to strong but it is easy to discern the malts, actually very malty aroma with just a hint of grassy hops.
The taste though is much more hoppy then the aroma , but is well bvalanced by some yummy caramel maltiness, this becomes rarther fruity as the beer warms..
I found the mouthfeel to be well balanced and smooth.
Very drinkable winter ale..a good strongish Amber. Well done JoeMcPhee (9451) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
12 oz bottle. Deep amber colour with a thick off-white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, some brown sugar, a lot of toasty malts melded with a combination of piny and grapefruity hops. In the mouth, this beer has a sweet toasty caramel malt backbone and has a nice Cascade hop flavour. Pine/grapefruit with a well-balanced bitter finish. A bit sticky in the mouth. Hops become noticibly spicy as it warms. Tasty brew. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
GABF 2006: Clear dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma had a light roast to it with some fruity malt. Hops show up more in the background. Chcolate notes in the flavor mix over some citrusy hops. Fruity malt as well.