5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle pours deep dark amber, almost brown, medium frothy off-white head, attractive lacing, with light carbonation. Musty, malty, peppery nose. Smooth hop bitterness up front, some licorice, with a malty backbone. Some odd hemlock like tree flavor as well, or is it sagebrush? Medium body and mouthfeel. Light spices emerge on the finish. Fairly smooth, not as hopped up as I would have thought. Finishes herbish, slight hop, minor malt, semi-sweet.   Very different from most other Winter seasonals I have had. Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours midnight red, the head quite big and not going anywhere. There’s a big chestnutty aroma here. This drinks with a full-bodied character, overflowing with cooked sugar, pine bark, and varnish. (#4879, 12/30/2012) 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. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2006
12 oz bottle, via acertain. Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy finger sized off-white head. Aroma composed of spices, sweet caramel malt, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. Sweet fruity and spicy flavor. Most prominantly of cinnamon and nutmeg. Finish is all spice. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and moderate fine bubbled carbonation. Another fine effort from Full Sail. I will say that by the end of the bottle the spoices do get a little tiring on the palate, but that’s how I feel about many Christmas seasonals. ajnepple (6623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2014
12 oz bottle from Tipsy’s into a pint glass. Dark brown and clear with a thick tan head and lacing. Aroma and flavor of dark malts, spices, caramel, toffee and earthy hops. Medium body, pretty tasty overall.
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
bottle, dark brown pour with nice 1/8’ off whit e head, aroma of malty nuts and fruits, flavor is brown sugar, chocolate and spice, finish is good BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Garnet hue with massive off-white head which settles down to a foamy ring, very good lace. The aroma hinted of toasted malts, mocha, vanilla, allspice, clove, fruitcake, piney hops, and earthy yeast esters. The flavors start sugary sweet with moderate spices, but really didn't overwhelm. The piney and citric hop nature kicked in to high gear midway through the tasting. The finish was a combination of old school ale (earthy, sublime and dry) and west coast new age (hoppy, brash, and creamy). Very nice mouthfeel in this underrated sesaonal brew which I have enjoyed every single time I have had the chance. Recommended. ben4321 (6510) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 12/11/10
vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Aroma: The nose has caramel, nuts, dark roasted malts, fruits, spice, and a little earthy hops
Appearance: It pours a dark mahogany color with a small beige head and some light lace
Flavor: Smooth and malty, some sweetness, roasty, touch of spice, earthy hops for balance
Palate: Quite smooth and drinkable with a warming (but boozy) mouthfeel, and a medium-full body
This was a pretty impressive winter seasonal beer. You really can’t help but like it, it just feels like it was made for this season. It’s certainly more on the sweet side then the bitter, but it has a touch of bitterness for that much needed balance. Overall, this is a very solid beer indeed.
On tap at the brewpub - Pours bronze / brown with a beige head. The aroma has heavy roast, brown sugar, richness, nuts and a bit of spice. It has a medium / full body, but is still a bit crisp and has soft carbonation. The flavor starts with hearty malt, fairly dry wood and is malt heavy. The finish has light spiciness and a hint of berries. Nice. mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Some corner store six-pack ($11): Pours a transparent brown color with a beige head. Aroma is malty with a good amount of hops. In fact, the hops were a surprise in this beer, as I expected it to be far more malty. If anything, the hops might have balanced it to far in that direction. Alcohol was not perfectly covered either, especially with the spicy Jamaican food that I was eating with this beer. I guess it was the wrong food combination for this beer, but nevertheless the flaws of the beer became apparent with the pairing.