LaFinca (6) - state college, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003 does not count
I have been sampling a lot of winter ales recently and it seems that a winter ale can be anything a brewer wants it to be---I have had some that tasted like pumpkin beer to some that were over 10% ABV that were so black and liniment-like that putting down the first swallow was a monumental task without gagging.
However, this beer is quite drinkable and pleasing to the palate. It has a pleasant malt aroma and taste with just the right amount of hop afterkick to clear the sweetness from the palate.
This is one of the greatest winter ales I’ve tasted this year. Seems like the New Englanders really know how to brew the winter ale style beer since it gets so cold up there. Winterhook from Portsmouth, NH is also worth a try.
jgb9348 (6438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Rich amber colour with a nice dense off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, pumpkin pie spice, canella, malt and very strong nuts. Medium-bodied; Strong spicey flavour with a flavourful nuttiness and a rich malt background. The hop taste is very mild and teh sweetness is almost non-existant. A bit subtle and subdued in the aftertaste, but overall a fairly good beer-I don't agree with the style though, this one is more a Brown Ale or Alt than a Scotch. I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York and sampled it on 12-December-2003. ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 rerate 12-16-03 (original rating 4.0): Im still on the same six pack and I already dont know what I was thinking. Its still not a bad beer, but its overly sweet and not at all deserving of the 4.0 I originaly gave it. Medium brown color with a small head and light lacing. Nutty/malt aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a moderately bitter finish. Hints of cinnamon and spicieness that add a nice complexiy rather than overpowering like a lot of winters. slightly chewy and very nicely balanced. Very good beer. freekyp (2388) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Clear reddish brown with towering rocky tan head. Brown sugar is apparent in nose. Flavor is sweet throughout with a lite hoppy finish twinged with honey. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 Clear mahogany body, small beige head. Sweet malty aroma, maybe brown sugar. Very little carbonation, flavor initially sweet with the honey flavor, then a hoppy bite sets in, which leads to a slightly bittersweet finish. An interesting and enjoyable beer, which to me seems like a cross between a bock and scotch ale.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Copper hue with a good creamy off-white head and fair lace. Aroma was heavy on malt qualities. Hints of drak bread, roasted malts, caramel, light floral hops, earthy yeast esters, honey and spice. Starts sweet then, POW! Twangy citric taste rushs foreward but suddenly retreats to let the honeycomb tone mask the palate. Good balance on the finish with a light touch of sourness and smoke. Medium-bodied with a slighty sticky an soft mouthfeel, chalky finish. Solid quaffable brew, who's whole is less than the sum of the parts. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottle, served mostly warm. Nice clear ruby brown color. Aroma of dark malts and bread, sugar, red wine. Flavor resembles a cross between a scottish ale and Vermont wilderness, starts sweet and has a dry yet sticky and hoppy aftertaste. The honey seems to smooth this out a bit, though I don't really like the stickiness at the end. The body could be a little heavier. Not bad though. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Fine looking light brown ale. Sweet malt flavor with a touch of honey makes this quite the tasty beer. A dollop of classic Long Trail flavor - delicious. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Very tasty & drinkable. The honey flavor is noticable and gives it a nice, sweet flavor. So far my favorite Long Trail beer. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2003
The beer pours a crystal clear mahogany color, the head moderate in size, the consistency frothy, beige in color and the residual lace a nice thick covering sheet. Sweet malt nose, with a hint of butter, candied apples also come to mind, a pleasant sniff. Ambrosial start, malt a plenty, the top middling, somewhat tart finish that has a purposeful spicy hop bite, carbonation middling, and the aftertaste bitter and long lasting. Quite a quaffable beer and one that suits my palate, and worth the sample.