RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Toffee brown, medium-bodied, with a creamy head and an aroma of raisins and freshly baked dark bread. Mild Winter’s rich caramel malt and spicy rye flavors are sure to take the bite out of whatever Old Man Winter brews up for you this year.

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jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours a rich amber with a generous fluffy white head. Smells malty with some grassy hops. Tastes very aggressive for a malt, a sharp and semi spicy malt presence with a balancing hop presence. Very good . tons of flavor and very drinkable.

gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Found this one bottled at Lighthouse in Wasco, Illinois. Nice reddish brown pour with a thin, lacy head, and a toasty malt nose, maybe a bit of baked bread, and nuts. Mild maltiness is pronounced in the flavor, but the grain profile is different due to the rye: it’s more complex and a bit drier. Interesting, highly drinkable, this beer is a keeper.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
I had this at the Clybourn brewpub after FoBAB 2008. It poured a deep chestnut body with a bubbly head that produced little of any lace. The aroma is mildly hoppy (floral) and toasty. I didn’t really catch the rye in here. It tasted of toasted whole wheat bread with dark malt and a balancing bitterness. Not really impressive, but I was probably jaded after the day at the festival.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 oz bottle six packs available in the Chicagoland area. A new early winter seasonal from Goose Island that apparently did a test run at the brewpub earlier in the year. Yay! Nice dark chestnut pour, largely clear, with a decent enough offwhite head that laces some. Aromas are muted, a touch of biscuity malt and some light hop notes. Taste is similar, very smooth and balanced, biscuity malts coupled with a more serious toffee bit, orange marmalade in the body, a touch of toasted malts, and a light herbal hoppiness. Extremely sessionable, very nice. Won a point overall because of the sheer fact that I really liked this beer and it’s subtle yet present character. Cheers!

CanIHave4Beers (4207) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Reddish brown beer with frothy head that leaves a litttle lace. Aroma is lightly hoppy and floral with a little roasted nuttiness. Flavor follows with the nuttiness with once again some mild hops. Well balanced with a mildly sharp mouthfeel.

BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours a deep red/ruby with an off white head. Heavy carbonation. Aroma is of smoky malt, brown sugar, mild hops, and rye. Taste is of malt, smoky fruit, and spice. Nice notes of hops and grain. Creamy mouthfeel that goes down easy. Carbonation is super heavy in this one. Finish is very malty. Not expectional, but overall a very good winter beer.

JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draught @ BTAH. Pours clear, dark amber, with a fluffy off-white head. Nose is a bit toasty, just a bit of breadcrust, hint of dark brown sugar sweetness. Hard to get a handle on. Taste is toasty, breadcrust, with a nice lush, slightly roasty finish. There’s a sweetness there from the rye that’s held in check by the dryness. Slight hop character, blends in with the rye. Restrained carbonation, medium body.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
Objectively speaking: Spicy, malty and cerealic ale that lacks a bit of the usual Goose Island focus.
I like: Interesting (and surprisingly soft) orangey, earthy, tea-like hoppiness. Chewy cerealic maltiness. A bit chaotic fruitiness (grape, apricot) leans toward leather.
I dislike: Rather dull dark copper hue. The fun hops could certainly be bolder, the heavy rye would hold it up. More simple than expected.

laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Pretty copper pour. lots of spice in the nose. The taste doesn’t really reflect the spicy nose. lots of fruits, light on the bitter and hops. decent

NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Tap at Clybourn. Pour is a really deep brown red. Nose is spicy with a touch of American hops to come through. On taste, not near as bitter as expected, nor as spicy, given the hop choices. Actually tastes quite subdued for a rye beer. Rich and malty with a euro tone. Nice and soft.

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