philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company--Pyramid Brewing--Bunker Gear Winter Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.50% ABV--20 IBU’s? (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted--Dense foamy mild lace copper head. Clear thin bright dark bronze color. Mild roasted hop front. Dry sweet thin burnt almond caramel mild fruit body. Dry clean roasted mild hop bland Winter spice end. Sampled 8/22/2007. Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Mahogany color pour with a cream colored head. Smells like a caramel malty sweet treat. Taste started off sweet but quickly fell into a bitter aftertaste mess. Left an astringent flavor in my mouth with a metallic feel as well.
I can’t say that I enjoyed this brew, it started with promise but fell short in delivery. I hope the other Fire Station Brews are better than this one...pretty cheap to obtain for a craft brew, but fell short, too short. fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Great, sweet aroma. Pours to a nice, rich-looking brown color with minimal head and lacing. Nice, medium-bodied flavor. Not overly strong flavor; drinkable. Nice, palate. A very enjoyable winter beer, although not as potent as some other winter beers. I’m usually albe to pick this beer up at a good price, to boot. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2006
A deep dark brownish color with a light head. This has a carmel and toffee aroma but it was very lgith. The beer was lacking in deep rich winter ale flavor and the matalic flavors where presnt again somehtign in this brewing process they get the metal in it. This brew just lacks and was a begginers type winter ale. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12-oz. Gorgeous looking. Pours a deep dark and very clear brown with nice tinges of garnet highlights. Big thick light tan head, moussy and lightly bubbly. Strong caramel & two-row malt beaming through on the nose. Subdued attack: medium body, low carb, moderate flavors. Two-row, biscuit, and caramel on the palate, with some c-hop at the end. Some slightly astringent alcohol fumes on the finish. Drinkable, fairly well complete in its thinking, and dull. I don’t see the alcohol or the thinness quite so tragically as the last reviewer. I would probably drink this stuff again if they were offering it for nothing, but wouldn’t push it much farther than that.
Reid (2541) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2006
12 0z brown long neck.
Quite a surprisingly attractive ale to look at dark amber almost brown, reddish tinges and a huge thick tan head, nice.
Aroma is weak, but not unpleasant mostly choclate styled malts.
Flavour again is all malt getting a little bitterness near the end, low carbonation , which i think helps this pretty thin "winter ale" Unfortunatlly some alcohol shows..pretty bad for a 6.5% beer.
Too thin on the palte only saved by the low carbonation.
Not a good beer really. Just the usual second rate stuff for this contract brew.