lipscomb216 (80) - USA - NOV 26, 2006
Had this puppy in a 12 oz bottle. Hoppy smell and bite, was almost like drinking a pine forest. Light in body, not too much carbponation, a perfect winter brew for me to enjoy. Drink up! bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Dark brown with an orange hue and thick, cream-colored head. The head disappeared rather quickly. Some good lacing for the top half of the glass. Some malty sweetness in the aroma with a good bite from the hops. Great mouth feel through the whole beer. Sweet malt flavors that finish with a bitter hops tingle on the tongue. Good beer. ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2002
Good brew for the season. hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2012
bottle. pours mahogany white thin head. nose is soapy, dull sweet malt and hop bitters. mouth is light carbo sweet amber malt, slight roastd barley, hop bittery finish. overall nothing terrible here, on note with other winters and by far not the worst decision you can make, whenst it comes to such. IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Nice dark brown color with slightly brown head that lasts a while. Aroma is strong, hints of coffee and spices. The flavor is initally welcoming and pleasant. Taste lingers for a while with typical West Coast heavy hops. Still a strong tasting beer that delievers a clean, chrisp, and enjoyable experience.
alcamp99 (72) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Good dark color; thin head with notes of toast and spice; some caramel. Nice holiday offering. Oogiee (71) - Taipei, TAIWAN - DEC 12, 2013
caramel, chocolate, resin, ocean smell, vanilla, butterscotch, brown, red, tan foam, dense, light sweetness, very bitter, chalky.lfull body, average carbonation, bitter, astringent, bugsizzy (69) - USA - NOV 13, 2012
Poured from bottle very dark with a thick lumpy head that faded with some nice lacing. Taste is a great blend of slightly sweet bready chewy malts balanced with subtle hops.
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Poured this from a 12 oz bottle during a holiday ale tasting that I organized. This was my favorite ahead of seasonal offerings from Anchor, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Deschutes. Plenty of spice and carmel flavor, and enough hops to provide balance. DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 A nice winter brew...but not as robust as St. Nick. Some wonderful orange zest, white pepper notes...though a bit of a winey finish....just a bit. Also some nice semi-sweet caramel midnotes. Quaffable. Definitely quaffable.