ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
I know I’ve had this before, although, like many seasonals, the recipe may be different this year. And it tasted better than my vague recollection of it. Spicey, nutmeg aroma. Dark red in color. Off-white head. Good lace. Good hop profile. Spicey character is very nice. Somewhat chalky. Very good and reasonably rich. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Not too heady. First impression is very hoppy for a winter beer (I am not complaining). Its almost like an winter IPA, good but no Sierra Celebration. jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
I tried this one a year ago and was stoked to see it onthe shelf again this season. This was one of my favorite winter ales. I’m sure it’s due to the shit load of cascade hops but there’s more...Aroma is slight but has a classic NW India Pale. The color give a hint to the malt character that hides within... deep mahogony. The carbonation on the toungue brings out a ton of the aroma-flavor that seems hidden early on..Big hops. The finish is a little tart and bitter...I would expect more sweetness from a winter. BUT>>>as a hop head this has to be my favorite seasonal so far. A ton of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma should keep you on the look out for this one all season. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 BB 4-11-06. Pours a deep amber/garnet with sparkling clarity; the head is average sized, white, and fluffy that lasts. Nose is excellent with dark caramel, chocolate, nuts, and even a slight rasberry smell. Flavor is of the same with the chocolate, nuts (maybe pecan), and slight rasberry and nutmeg taste really hit upfront. Earthy hops very mysteriously find there way in. Palate is a soft carbonation, with a thick and chewy texture, yet remaining about a medium body. Almost seems like there is a malt break in taste where the hops show their true colors, but only for a second; then the finish finds its way with a dark caramel/chocolate flavor that lasts. Definately not the typical American winter warmer, but different from all other old ales I’ve had. Very interesting and somewhat complex without being overpowering and still leaving me to try another, and another........ This would be my favorite beer to drink with friends those cold witer nights before Christmas, and I wouldn’t be afraid to have ’quite a few.’ Aged until 3-16-07, almost a year after the BB date. Nose is still nice, but the hops and the malts don’t seem to coorperate as well as they did about a year ago. Hops almost have an herbal character now, which is a little offputting for the style. A little of the strength is also gone which makes it more of a early spring or fall type ale, not a winter ale. Still not too bad though, but I would prefer it around the BB date. 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!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a nice clear brown, with orangey highlights. Just under half an inch of nearly white foam, which doesn’t stick around long and produces only spotty lacing. There is a sweet malt aroma of toffee and Lipton iced tea mix.
The sweet toffee malt returns in the flavor, and is very well balanced by a hop bitterness that is not quite pine and not quite green citrus. A delicious licorice taste shows up in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste where it is joined by some bitter chocolate and grain.
Medium to full body, tasty and complex. Rich enough in flavor to be a sipper, yet not boozy or filling, so having a couple in a sitting is not out of the question. Carbonation a little shy of moderate. I am really surprised at how fresh tasting this beer is. Perhaps the carbonation and head retention suffered due to old age, but the rest is truly enjoyable nealblind (1865) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Dark red brown pour with steady 1/2 finger head. Aroma of roasts, raisins, honey, pepper, tart. Tastes clover honey, soy sauce, raisins, rum, nutty. Dry finish with some bitter. klaing (282) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Another solid offering. Pours a dark ruby head with creamy and moderately persistent head. Roasted malts clearly on the nose with hops coming through. Taste is a bright burst of mild chocolate and cherry. Hopping gives a lot of berry cheer in a long aftertaste.
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12 oz bottle purchased at Giant Eagle on Route 8 in Pittsburgh. Immediate fruity notes and a mild bite from the hops. Medium body only --- not quite as rich as advertised. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with off-white head. Malt, caramel, and spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some roasted character.