beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Oklahomas best full sail offering.Sure its seasonal so buy it every winter! Amber Ale nice off white foamy head, the aroma is malty with some roast,hops
are present but subdued.Sweet brown malt taste with PNW hops in the middle.
A great ale! DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Thanks to beer handy for this. Pours deep ruby with gargantuan off-white head with an insane amount of lace. Aroma of malt, big hops, spices including black pepper and nutmeg, and fruit. I could smell this all day. Tastes hoppy, with a solid malt backbone. Some fruit and spices appear at mid palate, giving way to a tart, pseudo krieky, merlotish finish. And the hops and spices hit you again on the way down...in a good way. As complex as a Steven Hawking speech, and as unique as his speech synthesizer device, this one is a standout. Full Sail kicks ass and takes names. This one reminds me a little of Alpha Klaus. Bring me another, Jeeves. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2005
bottle from Saarlander. an orangey brown pour with a quickly disappearing head. somewhat malty, kind of spicey and a bit hoppy on the finish. nice brew. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2005
Spicy enough, good flavor, warming, but mild, hops come in at the end. A nice flavorful beer, I enjoy full sail’s brews! DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2005
On tap at Redbones. Dark amber brown color, minimal head. Pine hoppy aroma, some malts. Flavor is initially bitter, hop syrup feel, medium body, with a balance of spice and sweetness. Drinkable, hoppy and refreshing, yet not overly complex.
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2005
On draught January 2005 at Redbones. Dark, near black pour, with some large bubbles and fizzy off-white head that disipates rapidly. Looks like a glass of coke. Aroma of dry toffee and caramel, licorice and light English hops. Begins flavorful and hoppy, but not in an extreme, American, bitter way. Notes of licorice root, caramel and light roast. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance here, not too sweet or too bitter and the spiciness is not overdone. Some wateriness on the finish detracts a bit. I’m a big fan of Full sail after only having two of their beers thus far. Tough to categorize these Winter Warmers. Some are ales, some are old ales and some are English Strong Ales. I like ’em all though. I’d like to mull this one. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Pours a deep copper color with medium dark head. Nice rich malty aroma. In flavor the hops balance the potent caramel malt. Finish is sweet with a slight hop bitterness. Easy drinking. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 I don’t know what I was expecting, but whatever it was it wasn’t met. A dull, mixed-up and confusing brew. Seems undecided whether to let the malt stand first in line, or allow the hops to come front and center. A bitter, slightly acrid aftertaste doesn’t help. Maybe adding some spices would help perk it up, but as it stands it’s not much. gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
looks like unfinished walnut lumber, it’s a bit dull.
pretty thin head
Alcohol is not all that well disguised... There’s not enough malt to mask the alcohol, and this isn’t high in alcohol. Very thin brew. Hop spice is all over; pine blah blah blah...
Not as warm as it is hot. Winter warmer my butt. Just another over-hopped interpretation.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Bottle. Deep, rich amber color with an off-white full head and tons of beautiful lacing. Aroma is real hoppy and citrus fruity. The grapefruit hop bite is right up front and just slaps the tongue. Follow that with a sweet maltiness then comes back with a piney hoppiness. Then I get a toffee and caramel backbone. I’m not getting much spice out of this but it could be cause my tongue is buckling from the hops. No way is this an Old Ale.