philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Laurelwood Public House & Brewery--Vinter Varmer--2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 6.40%ABV--49 Ibu’s. (4.1 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Thick pour. Lacy mild tan head. Clear deep bronze red rich color. Sediment dusting. Mild hop toasted roasted aromatic spice hint front. Chewy crusty mild creamy rich mouth feel tangy mellow sweet roasted caramel,mild fruit,spicy malt body. Smooth roasted hop End. Sampled 4/8/2010. 2 @$5.25 Each.
22 oz. Bottle purchased for $5.25 + Tax at Fremont, Seattle PCC. Thin no lace off white light tan wispy head. Clear bright dark bronze color hazes ugly brown at end of bottle.Roasted cocoa mild fruit ester mild hop front. Medium textured slightly sweet cloying mild roasted malt spice cocoa Wintery malty body. Balanced mild hop spice lingering sweet malt roasted end. Mildly hoppy with hints of rich roasted malt spice flavors and maybe some nutty hints. (3.0 / 5.0). Sampled 12/17/2012. 6.4% ABV--49 IBU’s. killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
22 oz. bomber from ? Fairly standard strong ale. Tastes a bit thin with lots of pine flavor to it. Mostly sweet malt at the start but with big astringent "back-of-your-throat" kind of hops in the finish. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
pours dark brown. lots of chewy chocolate taste. roasted notes. a little bit of smoke to it. a cheek warmer. lives up to the name. robforbes (2267) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
pours a very deep dark copper with a large bubbly light brown head, and some lacing.
smell is of toffee, spice, malt, and some pepper.
taste is somewhat watery, malt, caramel, some spice, and hops in the back, end is a little dry and nicely bitter. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle:   Deep amber, almost brown, moderate to thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Malty nose, quite malty.   A little bit of cereal, but otherwise sweet malty goodness.   Moderate hop bite.   Seems fairly nutty.   Minor roastiness.   Very slight vegetable aspect, but its minor.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not a big American Strong Ale type of beer, but it certainly is warming.   Biscuity finish, minor sweetness, very malty.   Subtle roasted malt lingers.   Not bad for a Winter Wamer, a little malty, nutty, with soft roasted malt notes.   Enjoyable.   Reminds me of Snow Cap but without all the hop bitterness.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle from malt and vine. A combo bitter ipa plus brown ale. Warming, yet hoppy. These guys don’t make a bad brew. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22. Pours a murky dark brown with plenty of dense, somewhat creamy tan head. Falls quickly away leaving virtually no lace. Rich sweet earthy pine nose--a little bit of brown bread in there, but otherwise a lovely walk in the woods. Creamy medium body with perfectly placed refreshment-level carbonation. Toast, earth, bits of roast, and plenty of pine on the mid-palate. Like a brown ale recipe that went through some sort of alchemical fusion with a great APA, or something. Nice resiny finish. This one is very drinkable even for having a decent heft to the body--disappears in a hurry. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pecan and almond aroma, clean dark brown, creamy tan head. Back and forth on this one. Some sips it is creamy and nutty with a roasted finish, other sips have it sharply roasted with a strong carb bite and a grassy sharp bitter finish. Maybe I have a cold, but this became metallic in the end. neepsntatties (2041) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Fall ’09 release. On tap at Laurelwood’s NE Sandy Blvd. location. Colour... dark brown and no head at all. Nose... roasty with mild hops. Palate... burst of C02, lightly sweet malt, somewhat roasty, a pinch of hops on the edges, short finish. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2009
Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a small, frothy, white head.
Smell: Roasty, toasty maltiness with scents of dark caramel and just a hint of molasses. Also, a note of fresh pine as well as a vague, indistinct spiciness.
Taste: Flavors of oven-toasted dark caramel and roast with a medium amount of lingering sweetness. A few globs of molasses. Sharply spicy, resinous hop flavors of pine and even spruce tips with a sturdy amount of bitterness. Tastes of fruit and pepper glide by the tongue. Finishes dry, roasty, a bit spicy, and with some noted alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Fairly good and worth a try. It sets itself apart from the typical wintertime seasonal offering.