drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 The perfect winter beer. I have been looking hard for a winter beer that actually contains some winter-time qualities, not some overly hopped seasonal brewed for those long winters in Southern California. I'm from the Northwest dammit, I need something to warm my ass. This is initially bitter with a nice flavorful hop presence, but this is soon overshadowed by a wonderful swell of rum and caramel that is reminiscent of egg-nog. My compliments go out to the little brewery over there in LaConner. EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
A very rich slightly burnt/toasty flavor dominates. Deep red with a lasting head and a nice fruity backbone to offset to toasted malt. Hop are secondary but nicely placed.
Thanks Bakersfield Cali Santa kaosse (3) - Point Roberts, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2004 does not count
Not for the weak of heart.
Forgot one opened bottle and next morning the taste was very dampened (like the Chrismas Tree on Boxing Day morning) --- but the hops were completely uneffected (undrinkable but interesting)<g> philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
TANNENBAUM--WINTER ALE--12 OZ. BOTTLE
1998. 7.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Cloudy deep red color. Potent brew. Rich, thick malt body with light spice flavors. Clean easy finish disguises potency. Sampled 2/19/1999.
1999--7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear dark bronze red color. Hoppy front with crusted toast hints. Dry taste with rich roasted toffee flavor and malty body. Medium heavy. No fruit sweet notes till end. Big hop balance in dry end. Sampled 12/5/1999.
2000--7.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Big loose sediment. Rich hazy dark red color. Sweet thick roasted body is rich and overwhelmingly flavorful. Roasted spiciness throughout. Finishes thick hot and spicy. A very big beer. Somewhat unbalanced. Sampled 11/3/2000.
2001--7.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich deep bronze red color. Roasted spicy sweet hop front. Light head. Rich roasted spicy malty body with light sweetness. Tangy clean and smooth. Roasted nutmeg clean hop end. Hot hints. Rich. Tasty. Sampled 11/8/2001.
2002-A--7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Dark ugly bronze color. Mild lacy head. Rich spicy spruce front. Smooth sweet roasted spice malt body. Clean thick and not too sweet. Sediment accents toasted banana ester cocoa notes. Clean rich spruce hop end. Sampled 11/14/2002.
2002-B--7.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Hazy bronze brown color. Light head and lace. Rich spicy sediment infused ester hop front and sweet smooth toasted rich malt spruce yeasty body. Creamy texture. Rich chalky mild winter spice end. Smooth. Sampled 11/26/2002.
2003--8.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Thick pour. Light lacy head. Hazy dark burgundy black color. Rich roasted mild spice floral hop front. Sweet thick smooth rich roasted caramel cherry toffee spicy malt body. Clean balanced hop spice end. Sampled 11/17/2003.
2004-A--8.50% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Light lacy head. Clear dark bronze ruby red color. Spicy toasted floral malt fruit hop front. Rich creamy sweet nutmeg spruce smoky roasted crusty caramel fruit biscuit body. Clean dry rich roasted hop end. Sampled 11/12/2004.
2004-B--8.50% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy light head. Clear dark amber bronze red color. Rich roasted spicy hop front. Sweet smooth crusty creamy mild nutmeg fruit ester roasted caramel biscuit body. Wheat hints? Hot spicy mild hop end. Rich. Sampled 11/19/2004.
3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 2003 vintage. Has an exceptionally nice aroma full of juniper, scotch, light alcohol apparency, with some resiny, grassy porter-style roasted malts. Resiny coating, super rich and peaty up front, slightly buzzing the tongue. Great flavor, and the hops are quite evident. Rich and structured and robust without being chewy. 2.5 years old at the time of sampling, and it held up very well. I don’t buy that most mid-to-high strength American ales improve with age, or even hold up well, but this one was amazing with a couple of years.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
First rating the numbers were considerabley lower, about 3.7 overall. It was a different experience.
Aroma: moss, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, figs, carmel, vanilla, and plums
AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Appearance: murky brown, small white head, lacing
Flavor: cinnamon, nutmeg, alcohol, dark fruits, plums, dried figs
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly, brown sugar and carmel aftertaste
12 oz. bottle from 2003 quaffed Jan 2004. Beautiful opaque dark brown hue with a thick viscous head. Very nice lacing. Strong smell of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, with a whiff of fresh hop flowers. Medium bodied.
Taste is first of dark roasted malts, smoked almonds, with a caramel sweetness. Finishes bittersweet with a blackened malt - alcohol dryness.
This brew tastes better closer to room temp than fridg temp. A most excellent old ale. Scores reflect the 2003 bottle.
12 oz. bottle from x-mas 2000 enjoyed Feb 2004; Has a roasted malt and caramel smell. A burnt, sweet caramel, toasted dark malt flavor followed by a bittersweet chocolate alcohol tang . Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Finishes dust bowl dry. This brew was worth the four year wait. rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 9, 2002
dark brown. malt and sweet sprucy flavors. pretty hoppy - but an even mix between spiciness and bitterness - works out to a nice bite on the finish. some alcohol taste. splits the difference between the malty-sweet seasonal beers and the hopped-over-the-top ones. very warming. excellent winter beer. baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Re-Rate 12/7/2002 - Had this beer on tap. This time it had carboation and everything about it was better. Rate 12/5/2002 -Dark amber in color, no head. A thick malty aroma grabs you by the nostrils and screams Christmas! Damit Christmas! Very intersting toffee aroma that can be broken doen into vanilla, caramel, and spice. Sweet flavor with a bitter finish and aftertaste. The low carbonation turns me off a bit. Interesting winter beer. If it had better carbonation I would think everyone should try it.