mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
This dark amber colored beer by Norht Coast, has a destinct smell of malt, plums, and rasisan. It has a very sweet malty taste consisting of a powerful fruit taste and malt, and a slight hint of toffee. My least favorite North Coast but not to bad. baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Clear amber color. Dusty fresh malt aroma, vanilla, yeast and alcohol. Tastes of sweet fresh malt (crystal??), honey, and caramelized sugar. Relatively light bodied. Maybe too drinkable, I may have swilled it too fast to get the right reading, Oh well. Tasty stuff anyhow. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2002
cloudy chestnut pour. a tan head drifts off toward the edges of the glass in curly wisps like pine shavings on floor of geppetto's workshop. a bold yeasty smell, like an amber wheat with holiday spices, a warming note of alcohol and dried fruits. the palate warms from light carbonation to smooth and creamy, medium bodied, with rum, apple and cola. the hops tintinabulate melodically and echo dreamily away. i only had one bottle so i can't swear that it was real damn tasty, but it certainly gave that impression. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
RE-RATE: Had this head-to-head against Sam Adams Winter Brew at a tasting. Nice, subtle winter spices. Somewhat winelike, a tad bit acidic but nice! Well balanced malt/hops. Original rating 6/16/02: 7-5-5-3-10: Pretty head which sticks to the side of the glass as it dissipates. Quite malty, overly prominent woodiness in the flavor. A bit weak. Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Dark copper with foamy head and airy nose. Bitter coffee overtone. Smooth. Bland finish.
jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Bottle. Hazy amber color with a light tan head. The aroma has malts, citrus, spice, strong caramel, and grapefruit. The surprise from this beer is how light it is, but I found the spice and flavor to come through well. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
From a brewery whose specialty beers (such as Rasputin, Pranqster, Old Stock Ale) rank among the finest in the country (but whose rank and file beers are indistinguishable swill). This one is a lightish interpretation of a Belgian strong ale. Presentation could be better, as the head is fairly tame and rapidly fades. The flavor is very good, featuring nutmeg, corriander, cinnamon, and a touch of yeasty-leatheriness. Body is a tad watery, especially as it warms. No one is going to confuse this with Rochefort 10, but it is an excellent introduction to Belgian big ales. Nice job, North Coast. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Alright brew. Seems like it got confused with trying to be a tripel and a spiced holiday beer. I love the winter brews but this year is a disappoint so far. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 2002 edition: bronze in color with a thick head of microscopic bubbles..aroma hurt me with yeasty banana coriander..owe..not as spicy as the aroma lets on..which is a good thing..but not much flavor at all IMO..might be too cold at the moment though..the spice is warped to subtleness, some hop bitterness hiding in the background..not all that bad.. belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Nice slightly malty aroma with a touch of caramel. Malty body, not too heavy...finishes a little dry.