Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2001
intense dark brown, few head, malty - nothing special....................... 666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2002
Interesting flavor. nice color. but i had better winter brews............... DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Thick dark amber with a clumpy and scabby head..a nose full of Crisp winter hop twang with slight roasty notes..a mouth bombarded with roasted sweet and sour malts with a firm bitter backing..a body of full & firm deep malt..squishish notes which turn sweeter as it warmed...some yeasty spice..some bubblegum and bitter lingerings..let warm! Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2002
Vinous malts with a head that dissapeared faster than the holidays. Toffee malt boa constrictors wrap the tongue and inject nutmeg, toast, and licorish leaving a film of hop resin in its wake. 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.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
2003 12oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a perfect tan head. Very
little aroma. You can detect a subtle sherry, dried fruit in there but it is sublte. Medium to full bodied. I
think the winter/ christmas seasonals are my favorite style. This one is not bad at all. It has a bit of a dryness that I like. You'll definitely get bit of warming in the belly. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Brown/Prune Coloring With Sandy Head. Light Aroma..Some Ginger Bread....Hoppy...Dry and Bitter. Some Spices...But More Available To the Nose Than the Tongue...Hops Dominate Flavor. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2004
12oz - Nice smell that reflects the taste. Apprearance is cola looking with a red tint. Tasty and drinkable is mass quatities with a smooth malt/hop combo that makes me happy. Taste lingers and demands you drink more. A good winter brew to warm you up on chilly evenings. antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle. Root beer color with a thin off-white head that fades to a ring. Aromas of roasted malts, pine, and citrus. Flavors of bitter chocolate and orange peel that starts out sweet and finishes acidic and dry for a beer of this type. Can’t shake the hops. Fairly thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hides alcohol well. Good, but not enough malt flavors for me in a winter seasonal, or for an old ale any time of year. fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2005
12oz bottle, mohogany in color, off wite small head, roasted malt nose, spicey sun tea malt flavor that turns into bitter hops, warm mouthfeel, better than i expected.