UCLAtoucan (6) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006 does not count
Surprisingly dark pour, tan head--small but lasting. I can’t figure out the smell completely, little chocolatey, bit of a spicy aroma....has a very pleasant scent to it overall. Medium bodied, slightly sweet, a litlte bit of a smoky taste. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2007
12oz bottle. Filtered and deep brown with a ruby tint. Sparse ring of off white head. Nose has notes of raspberries and dreid fruits. Cola ish note. Sweet sugary vanilla note. Rather full bodied with sweet malt note and a super dry finish. Piney holiday hop flavor. Smooth but the finish is dry and piney sticky hops. Fruity esters and a great flavor. Great brew. Well worth it! Cybercat (6331) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Aroma is strong and malty with a rich hoppy undertone. It pours a rich, semi-opaque mahogany with a thick, frothy beige head - very appetizing. Flavor is mouth-filling, malty with strong spice hints, plenty of hoppy bitterness, and just a touch of sweetness. Texture is lively and jazzy, and finish is lip-smacking. nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2009
12 oz. Nearly opaque chocolate with a lasting quarter-inch of creamy foam. Earthy, spicy-sweet aroma has some nuts and dark fruit underneath. Taste is a mix of prunes, unsweetened cocoa and coffee with just the right dash of earth spices: nutmeg, juniper, lemon peel and clove. Nice charred wood, chocolate and peppery citrus finish dries the malty flavor well. Frosty lace all over the glass. Medium-heavy body is smooth and finishes plenty dry for all the big flavors. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Poured from bottle into a tall glass.
Very dark amber with thick tan head and rings of lacing down the glass.
Pretty hoppy smelling for a Winter Warmer - citrusy and spicy. Nice dry malts underneath, almost smells like an India Brown Ale.
Actually tastes a little similar to an India Brown Ale as well, but the malts are a little bit closer to a Barleywine with their toffee, fruit and butterscotch notes. The very spicy hops are evident throughout, with a light focus on citrus. While very spicy, I think it is all due to hops, but I could be wrong. The malts become more evident as it warms.
Medium carbonation, relatively light body considering the depth of the brew, pretty creamy overall, and finishes extremely dry. Slightly warming.
This was a surprise for me. Not really sure about style, as Winter Warmer is really just a catch all, but I like this quite a bit regardless.
SFtaster (72) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
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. 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.
BREWMUSKCLES (2759) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2010
a fine looking brew, amber and ruby in the light and otherwise dark with a beautiful roll in the glass and a bounce in the roll. Full of malt and then hops in the flavor, restrained without overdone sweetness. a mild fruit flavor not disernable with some spice perhaps licorice. Earthy and refreshing. A pleasant surprise, lush indeed and a beerdrinkers brew if ever there was. MaBeer1972 (2204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 23, 2010
A deep dark purplish-amber brew. Wonderful aroma. Deep, rich malty flavors with good spice hop balance. Heavy mouthfeel. Beautiful winter brew! Enjoy! alcaponejunior (445) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Ruby colored and clear, nice head, good lacing.
There’s an awesome malty base to the nose and flavor, along with some sweet fruitiness, a nice little bit of subtle chocolate, and a crisp, clean, deliciously strong bitterness.
Really for a winter warmer, I haven’t ever tasted one so bitter, and I love it! It’s amazing, this is perhaps my favorite beer in the style ever. Drinkability is off the charts high, and I’m going to have to make the trip (somewhat across town) to the big liquor store where I found it, to make sure I get some more before it runs out.
Full sail, hats off to you. I’m a fan of your beers, but this one is really outstanding, the best you’ve made yet.