herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Great strong aroma and dark red in color. The head is frothy and warms my stomach. This is a good solid beer. schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Malty flavor that tingles in your mouth and moves through different motions of taste in waves. It is real sweet and hoppy at the same time. The alcohol comes through clearly beneath all of the flavor. Gorgeous red hue, solid head, strong body. Buy it and enjoy. Yum! beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Rerate. Numbers are for the 2002 vintage. Deep ruby color, medium foamy head. Rich malt aroma. Tastes very different from the 2001 edition. Rich malt flavor, molasses, spices and spruce. Not as hoppy as the 2001. Chocolate malts and a touch of banana and clove. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste us slightly bitter. Nice and warming. Great for winter evening sipping. 2001 release. Red brown color, medium head. Medium bodied brown ale, nice mild roasted malts. Somewhat hoppy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and somewhat bitter.Nice and warming. Spiciness mellow with aging. Nice beer. belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Nice maltiness with a big hop bite. You can definitely taste the caramel throughout. A very enoyable Strong Ale, which should age very nicely with time. BillKismet (4177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 A strong, seasonal ale with a nice amber-red color, fruity aroma and fairly smooth taste, though a little flat. Rerate: Akin to a harvest ale/strong ale with its pronounced hoppiness in aroma and flavor. Excellently balanced and smoothened candy malt that is almost, but not quite approaching syrup in consistency. = 3.4 rating.
Rerate: 2007 - Wow! This recipe must change dramatically each year. This is by far the best rendition yet. Amber-orange and small head, a nice looking beer. Unexpectedly spicy-hoppy aroma. Not sure if this is from the hop varieties or from the addition on spices. It melds into the brew extraordinary well, adding delicious complexity in aroma and flavor. Some citrusy notes appear giving way to piny resiny hoppiness, reminiscent of Laconner’s Tannenbaum Ale. Quite pleasing. Would love to get the recipe.Alcohol is not noticeable as this brew is expertly balanced to create a pure pint full of liquid craftmanship.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2002
This is delicious. I love the spiciness, spruce flavors. I love how it warms you up. I think this is one of the best winter beers out there. Highly reccomended. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 This stuff is awesome. Great hops, great pronounced bitterness that doesn't overcome the rest of the beer. Very palatable even for people who have been drinking bud their whole life. 6.7% is nice too. I will drink this stuff until I can't get it anymore, and then save some 6ers for summertime. Nab this beer if you can find it. ReRate 2004: I have one of these from last year that I layed down. Still very carbonated. Aroma is all malt, dry and chocolaty. Excellent mahogany color. Taste is a little off. Still malty with caramel notes, some chocolate malt. Slightly oxidized, but not bad. Drying finish. I would say that this beer does improve with age, but not much. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Rating #1 Bottle of the 2002 release (8 5 7 3 15). Mahogany red color with a brown head. A cherry and red fruit aroma. A creamy almost sticky palate and a flavor of fruit and chocolate. Rating #2 - Bottle of the 2001 vintage sampled in May 2003 (8 5 8 4 17). A very dark red color that looks brown unless held directly to the light. The nose is great with lots of deep fruits, caramel, and plums. Chocolate, vanilla and oak in the flavor. Well hopped but not a pronounced characteristic of the beer. The nose of a good barley wine with a slighly weaker body and much of the same flavor. Rating #3 Bottle of the 2006 release (12/8/06) (7 3 7 3 16). A dark reddish brown color with a light brown head. A cherry fruit and malt aroma with nice hints of sour. Smooth, medium body, caramel malts and mild earthiness. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2002
On par with the ebenezer ale but nothing special. Lighter in body and color than I would like. Not enough abv either. Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2002
great color with some sediment, lasting sweet alcohol throughout, huge fan and a great buy for safeway