johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2013
Bottle. Clear, light brown pour with a thin tan head. Caramel, cocoa and nutty aroma. Nutty flavor with rye to give it some bite. Tones of roasted malt, coffee and wood are also present. Dry texture with average carbonation. Not bad, but I was hoping for more unique flavors that are present in other Winter seasonal beers. novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Mediocre toffee colored pour. Tastes like it looks, which is simple and forgettable. badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle to sampler cup. Poured a dark orange / brown . Had a smokey flavor, with some hop notes & decent subdued malt flavor. Pretty good, but maybe on the watery side. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pours a darker dull brown amber with a thin bubbly white sudsy head. Smells like an ESB, wet grains, spicy toasted malts, caramel, light floral hop bite. This stuff is very mellow, a rye ESB, softly spicy, softly malty, softly bitter, slightly chewy and bready, light floral hops. Medium/light bodied with sharp carbonation.A really nice balance for very drinkable beer. I really need to find more of this...can’t seem to find this in this area very easy. mybrainhurts (397) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Grainy, toasted malts, and sweet toffee aroma. Caramel malty sweet, spice and grains, buttered biscuits, all for flavors. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Not real complex but ok.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2011
A decent winter ale. Brown color pour with a off-white head. Smell of malts and spice. Flavor is slightly nutty, spicey, and sweet. Not a bad brown ale. I would choose Sam Adams winter over this one. 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. beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Dark pour with tan white clingy head. Malty aroma, oatmeal, grain, light caramel and bready. A bit watery not thick. Beer tastes better when warmer. ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish, toffee brown with off white head. Aroma is lightly roasted malts, light toffee. Taste is dark bread, roast malt, hint of vanilla possibly. A smooth drinker....a really nice winter offering from Goose Island, will buy again. AndrewC (376) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle. Doesn’t really smell of anything. Chestnut brown. Rich, tangy with a dry body. Bit of cardboard to it but that’s covered up by the slightly tangy flavour. I liked it.