Hulagai (14) - Myrtle Creek, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2005
A gastly winter holiday brew. Heavy on the malt and bitter like a bad yeast culture. This brew makes my own bad brew attempts look better. The aroma and appearance are the best part. I have a six pack and will be giving the other 5 bottles to my enemies. jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
I tried this one a year ago and was stoked to see it onthe shelf again this season. This was one of my favorite winter ales. I’m sure it’s due to the shit load of cascade hops but there’s more...Aroma is slight but has a classic NW India Pale. The color give a hint to the malt character that hides within... deep mahogony. The carbonation on the toungue brings out a ton of the aroma-flavor that seems hidden early on..Big hops. The finish is a little tart and bitter...I would expect more sweetness from a winter. BUT>>>as a hop head this has to be my favorite seasonal so far. A ton of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma should keep you on the look out for this one all season. DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Slight yeasty and malty smell. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Taste is biting malt with a waery taste that become strong malt sweetness. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Aroma of cinammon, nutmeg, caramel, pine. Appears a crystal-clear deep mahogany with a small creamy tan head that dissipates. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, followed by chocolate and roast over a decent malt base; well-spiced. Palate is medium, slick and moderately effervescent. Overall, this beer is a bit greater than the sum of its parts. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Heavy aroma of roasted malt and spice. Flavor is spicy, some vanilla and woodsmoke with a hint of hops. Nice warming feeling going down, a good winter time brew.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2005
This dark brown nectar of the gods was awesome. I liked the malt and floral flavors with the hint of hops. Of course a brew from the northwest has to have Hops. This was a lighter version of most Winter wamers but was stil a great beer for the style. homebrew (15) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Warmer than it feels, and drier than it tastes. This feels a little light for a winter warmer, but "winter warmer" isn’t a defined style for a reason. Good flavor, malt balance. Pleasantly hoppy for a winter beer. Sticky finish. dwyerpg (6296) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Not too heady. First impression is very hoppy for a winter beer (I am not complaining). Its almost like an winter IPA, good but no Sierra Celebration. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
I really love the new labels. The neck label is particularly captivating. Pours a ruby red with a foamy tan head. Unique fruit juice aroma with some pomegranite, cherry and grape. Some biscuit and hops also. Strong alcohol flavor upfront. Quite fruity and hoppy with a balanced bitter finish. Kind of reminds me of Snow Cap. The alcohol dominates too much. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Thanks to DarkElf for this beer.
Poured dark ruby with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of spicy dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste is somewhat vinous, with spiciness and some bubble gum character thrown in. Dry hoppy finish. Body is good but somewhat thin for the style. Could be maltier and bolder, but certainly not a bad take on the style.