nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle. Appearance: Murky brown with a thin, fizzy head. Moderate lacing around the sides. Aroma: A nose of brown sugar, malts and a hint of spice. Flavor: Nuts, caramel, spice, with a little alcohol on the backside. Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall: Nothing too impressive. Note: It is a winter seasonal, but I see nothing wrong with drinking it in the middle of summer. Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Appearance- This beer poured a nice dark, amber color with a huge, fluffy off white head. Lacing was present throughout the life of the beer. Beer had a best by date of April.
Smell- This beer had a huge malty richness with great chocolate and caramel notes. A slight hint of hoppiness was present. Had a nice sour fruitiness to it as well.
Taste- This beer was full of malts and fruits. Very interesting brew. The beer had alcoholic esters which gave me a slight warming sensation which was balanced nicely with hints of chocolates and fruits. Again, as in the smell, a nice hint of hops was present.
Mouthfeel- Nice, thick, creamy body with medium carbonation.
Overall- This was a great beer which would be awesome during the Christmas season. Not one of my favorite winter warmers but still a wonderful winter beer.
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Pretty big malty aromas of chocolate, caramel and roast. Balanced out with just a bit of resiny bitterness. Dark ruby-brown, clear, head quick to fade. Medium malty sweetness of chocolate and caramel with a hint of roast. Medium resin hop bitterness. Bitter attack with balanced middle and a long dry and astringent bitter-choco-roast finish. Medium body, very lively carbonation, sticky texture. Different than I remember it but I spose that’s because the recipe varies from year to year. I like it. Stands apart from lots of other northwest winter warmers because of the chocolate malt. DANEgerous (96) - Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Aroma: Rich, notes of toasted grain and and earthy aromas
Appearance: Deep Amber with an almond head
Taste: Starts off sharp with pine notes and fade into a deep somewhat bitter hops and note of cirrius
Palate: medium body with a soft almost velvety carbonation and long fairly aromatic finish.
Overall: Fantastic hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 Aroma has pleasant esters reminiscent of Scottish-style ales. Cascade and/or other West-coast hops prevail over a thick caramel and toasted-malt base. Flavor is, however, quite green and hot. I would guess this beer was fermented warm. There’s a mildly astringent and off-putting character lurking in the background. It’s otherwise possible this beer is contaminated. Had similar issues with Full Sail’s Scottish-Ale, which was acidic and overwhelmed with acetaldehyde. Whatever it is, it reminds me of my earliest homebrew batches. Substantial dark crystal malt does well to mask this flaw, with its dark fruit and toffee flavors. I also detect the grassy, oily trademarks of dry-hopping. Beer is full and malt-balanced and just barely sweet. Definitely will veer away from this brewery in the future, I’m sorry to say. This would only be an average winter ale without its flaws.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - JAN 22, 2002
Deep amber colored full bodided beer with a beige head. Malty aroma. Sweet up front with a bitter finish. PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Poured from bottle, brown in color with decent tan head. Taste of medicine. Medium body. Balanced flavors. 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............................................