elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Deep, muddy brown, almost opaque pour with red highlights, foam comes then goes. Scent is mildly citric, flavor is peppery w/a touch of caraway, with lots of sour notes. The hopping is heavy, the main flavor being that of old wood. Not my cup of beer. littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours brown with a rather insignificant head. I actually thought it was a bit too hoppy, with some unpleasant sourness. It settled pretty heavily on my tongue. ESPh (135) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Nice dark pour with a thick white head. Feint roasted malt, nutty aroma. Tastes of roasted malt, slightly sweet and nutty with a slightly bitter finish. Very nice. mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
(26Dec2002--draft) UGH! What the hell happened here?!
Starts with an amazingly frothy, super lacy, super creamy
head, which, equally amazingly, neither persists
nor adds much effervescence to the beer.
Still, these sins are forgivable. But what was
up with the CHLORINE? It started assaulting my
nose, and the assault intensified once it
hit my taste buds. Heavily bittered, though
with a thin mouthfeel and a strong resemblance to iced tea. Dark, in the same
way that Full Sail Ale.
A very disappointing experience. Perhaps I will
try it in a bottle. I did not finish my pint. ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber with white fluffy head. Leaves lacing. A lot of sourness in both the aroma and the flavor. I hope this is just a bad batch because it is terrible, all six of the pack were the same (I guess that attests to the fact that it was drinkable).
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Solid brew. A bit different than the usual winter ale. Malty hoppy dark brown ruby color. Taste some toffee brown sugar earthy woodsy sweet dark fruit. Dry tart bitter finish. A nice treat will revisit next winter. rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 11, 2002
medium body, flavor of roasted malt, candy sugar and ample hope spice. lots of hop bitterness too... definitely on the zippy side of winter ales - quite good but I usually prefer the mellow-malty style of winter ales... Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Six from Reubens. Dark ruby red, thick lasting head, lots of lacing. Smells of raisin bread and hops. Warm comforting savoriness for a cold February night. deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Off-white head that dissipates slowly. Lovely dark red color in the glass, sweet, delicate nose with a tinge of hops. Tends more toward the hop than malt, which is nice for a winter ale. Decent bite, but not overwhelming in any way. Nicely done. rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle pours reddish brown with a medium white head. Aroma is citrusy, caramel, with a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is primarily caramel malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a well-balanced bitter finish. I’m not normally a fan of holiday ales but this one was enjoyable.