JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
Dark brown with yellowish shine. Full brownish head, lasting and lacey. Dark chocolate nose, sweet, fruity too (ripe plums, succade). Taste is very bitter, hops and bitter chocolate. Deep. Very full bodied, much more than expected from 6.5 ABV. Very long lasting aftertaste; bitter chocolate gets streamlined with the malt to a beautiful finish. Can’t help but like this beer. TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Deep red to brown color. Small white head. Aroma reminded me of my grandmother's cabbage rolls. Flavor started out strongly as grapefruit. That (surprisingly) faded very quickly. Mellowed out incredibly in the middle to a malty sweetnes and finished with only a slight bit of hop flavor. Very unique. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Thanks for Brewbandit for this one. Finally a good winter ale which doesn't kill you on the spices. Very malty with just the right amount of hops. unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2003
I love all Full Sail brews, but I was a *bit* disappointed in this one. It smells wonderful, looks great in the bottle, and upon first sip tastes just as great and hoppy as I expected. However, as it sits in my mouth a second it becomes all other Full Sail products---hoppy and clean-finishing. Maybe I'm a bit rusty after being "away" for a while but this one just doesn't do anything for me that the Full Sail Pale didn't do. In other words, pretty packaging and nice dark color but it's just pretty, dark and typical Full Sail. kyzr (1593) - Montana, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Dark rich color, with a little spice to it. Very good malt flavor. Good smoth texture that makes you like winter.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
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Pours a deep dark ruby color with tiny bubbles and a medium frothy mocha head.Start is rich and malty with some complex spicy flavors, finish shows a little dry hop bitterness. A nice winter ale. hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 Deep red with small, quickly diminishing head. Spicy and malty, with a good deal of burnt flavors. Still has a bit of hop kick , especially for a Christmas ale, but they aren't overdone. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2003
A dark red winter ale, very little head. Aroma was spicy as was the flavor. Reminded me of sierra nevada celebration but not quite as good. aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Nice color, deep, deep red-brown. The head is average size and dry and sandy looking. The aroma is warm malt and is a bit spicy. The flavor is less malty than I would have thought with the appearance. A bit sour in the finish. Coriander? The mouthfeel is a bit fuzzy.