b3shine (9079) - Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a mostly transparent dark amberish brown with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes like a brown ale with notes of malt and a bit of bread, winter spices, and toastiness. Average on the palate. Okay. bubblehouse (1554) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Very carbonated when poured. Taste like a nutbrown. Descent aroma lacking in flavor. Would drink again but probably only in a pinch. malrubius (2987) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle from Save On. Dark reddish brown with lasting small head. Caramel apple cinnamon bread aroma. Caramel with dark fruit and apple pie spice with medium assertive herbal bitter finish. Medium body. Okay, Probably should be retired in favor of a big winter scotch ale. chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pour is medium red-brown, clear, with a tan head that soon settles to a partial coat but continues to leave a nice coat of lacing on the glass with each tilt.
Feel: near medium body seems too thin. Medium+ carbonation seems a bit too high.
Nice aroma; surprisingly similarity to a Belgian dubbel but not the same. Rather nutty for one thing.
O: flavor is a bit too weak, and the body a bit too thin, for a Winter warmer. Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2013
This is not a bad beer at all, but I don’t really feel that it hits the style. It is malty and sweet like an Octoberfest style and the spice characteristics that should be present are very subtle. There is enough of a hop finish to fit into a Red type of category, but it doesn’t really hit the mark there either. Bottom line is that it is an interesting beer, worth trying, but not what you would expect from a Winter.
baraciisch (3349) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Reddish amber in color... Rich malty aroma with notes of spices.... Flavor is caramel malts, cinnamon, bark, and spices... Okay
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2013
As a winter ale, it’s disappointing. It’s not that interesting, or special, but something about Wintertime Ale was very drinkable. To start with, the mouth-feel is very rich and textured but delicately so. An interesting tea taste shines through and works better than I would have imagined. Slight hops aftertaste, with a little floral in there too - enough going on but not too muddled. If they relabeled this as as a farmhouse ale, I think it’d do pretty good. jsquire (4578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Clear amber color out of the bottle with a fluffy ivory colored head. Nice sweet malt nose with some spice. Sweet beer with lots of caramel, toasted white bread, some green tea and a little spice sense to it. Flavorful winter seasonal. cheap (6019) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Malty from the start. Malt in the smell. From a bottle. Yes malty is the word, very little if any hops. Not much co2. Very little alky impact, just malted milk. Smooth, a little cloying. Not medicianl, just a little cloying again on the finish. Can’t taste much spice, just a malty laid back beer. Same on the finish; laid back malty flat with little alky impact. Normally I like low alky beers but I think this is too much malt.. Tmoney99 (14869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear ruby color with medium frothy off-white head that was that lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate sweet malt and herbal aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture with flat carbonation. Medium sweet malt and spice flavor with a medium sweet finish. Soft brew.