BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Amber colored, with rocky beige head. Toasted amber and chocolate malt nose, quite nice. Flavor is similarly toasted amber malt, with nibbets of chocolate mixed in. Easy sipper that seems closer to 5.5% than 6.9% ABV. This is a solid toasted amber brew. Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Out of the bottle from Fred Meyer. Pours a dark brown with a very small head. Smell is a little grainy as well as the taste. Pretty average beer all around. bpreo (3011) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2015 A Winter Seasonal English Strong Ale. Ever since moving to the Pacific N.W. I haven’t seen the point of making Winter beers. There is no winter in Oregon, just a slightly colder version of Fall/Spring. Anyways, the beer......
It is considerably strong, bitter, cringe-worthy. Heavy flavor, distinct taste. If it had been snowing this evening, I’m sure I would have liked this beer even more.
Re-rating: Sampled at the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival, November 14th, 2015. boisebeer (61) - boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2012
This is the same beer as santas helper just relabeled.
Bought at Boise coop
Look red with copper tones. White foamy head that disappears soon leaving lace
Smell not very strong. I kind of want more out of that..
Taste- a red with more flavor. Great spice but not overpowering. I can taste the malt in there without wishing I hadn’t.
Feel. Smooth medium body.
Overall a great beer.
Reid (2676) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2011
12 oz single from Fred Meyer, S.Salem store. $1.25
Nice clear brown ale with a luscious light tan head..that is bubbly and creamy thick.
Good choclate ,coffee aromas..a whiff of what seems like whipped cream. Pleasant.
Taste is peppery coffee and cream, dark chocolate and a touch of pipe tobacco even getting a touch of peppermint and ginger..very nice really
Good strong mouthfeel..coasting but not uncomfortable.
Overall i found this a very nice beer for the colder weeks.
bhensonb (15993) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle from Brewforia (pretty sure!). Pours dark ruddy copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma of bread and perhaps cocoa. It’s certainly a darker breadiness. Med body. Flavor is bready and I do think chocolate. But there’s something that suggests diacetyl, but I don’t think that’s it. It’s pretty balanced, and it’s pretty tasty - it just has something that suggests xmas brew. Worth drinking. Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
12 oz bottle from New Seasons - Dark brown. Strong bread aroma. Very rich malt flavor. Good hops balance. This is a winner! troopie (2501) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Disappointing. Bottle. Almost no aroma. Deep brown old ale colour with almost no head. Thin malty flavour, Thin biscuity finish. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Tap @ The BeerMongers during Brewpublic’s Killer Beers of Central Oregon event... Poured clear amber/reddish with an off-white head. Nose had some diacetyl, I would blame the lines but I know The BeerMongers keep them clean. Malty, sweet biscuits, with some yeast esters and some popcorn characters in the finish. neepsntatties (2076) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle from Belmont Station. Colour... dark brown with a massive, off-white head. Nose... sweetly malty with hints of toffee. Palate... burnt malt, stone fruits and boiled sweets with notes of dates, golden raisins and dried apricots all trailing off to a delightfully malty finish with a bit o’ booziness.
I think I’ve found my new "go to" winter ale!