queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Light soapy aroma.... not a whole lot to smell. Clear amber with a large ivory head, decent lacing. Watery barley malt, and light grassy hops. Light watery body. shrubber85 (11570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Light caramel malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and light herbal hops flavor. Boring. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Light bronze, unimpressive fizzy white head diminishes into nothing. Aroma sweet, malty, caramel, bread. Flavor is more sour and adds a light-to-medium hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. Weak throughout. Not an impressive offering whatsoever from North Coast. Patrickctenchi (6690) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Nearly clear, woody-amber with a tall, thick, yellow-tan head.
Scent is spiced bread...caramel.
Taste is malty, slightly bitter.
The spicing is a little off...like it’s added after the fact...and doesn’t quite fit in.
Watery...it could be much better with more body and strength.
Chudwick (3314) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 rerate on 3/1/14 - 12oz bottle - much better than I remember it. Just malty all around with some spice in the finish.
12oz bottle - pours amber with tan head and modest lacing. Nose is not overwhelmingly spicy for the style. Flavor adds caramel, bread, herbal hops and a light roast. Sweet. Medium body and soft carbonation. A little sticky. Decent for the style, but I expected more from NCBC. 6/3/6/3/10 or 2.8 on 11/16/12
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
I guess this one is out of retirement. Poured a light brown with one finger head, high carbonation. Aromas of bread, caramel, toffee all very weak though. The taste has some caramel and cherry notes with a weak bitter finish, very thin mouthfeel. Overall its an average ale. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
12oz bottle. Clear sort of brown / red color. Little khaki head, some lace. Maltier taste, moderate spice, some cola, hint of chocolate. Little thin for me, I’m not used to winter-spice beers of this ABV. Soft, lighter carbonation, lighter body. Spicy aftertaste. Light bitter and spice taste. For this ABV, not as smooth or as easy to drink as I hoped, a bit thin. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Nice dark pour in glass. Nose and taste is a little weak. Some hints at cookie, caramel and breads. Rated 3/4/03 philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2010
North Coast Brewing Company--Wintertime Ale. 12 oz. Bottle. 6.9% ABV.
1997-8 Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Declared as Belgian Style, but cloudy dark bronze color betrays the style. Touch of belgian yeast flavor is overwhelmed by rich malt body and hop finish. Flavorful not sweet like many Belgians. Sampled 12/4/1998.
2001 Release. (3.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin copper bronze color. Rich laced head. Smoky piney nutmeg hop front. Thin roasted dry spicy body. Hops battle holiday spice. Crisp and smooth but thin. Odd hop nutmeg pine end. Sampled 10/27/2001.
2002 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich thin bright amber red color. Mild lacy head. Belgian mild toast spruce rich floral spice front. Crisp dry sweet mild Belgian rich earthy spicy toasted caramel body. Belgian hot hop end. Complex. Sampled 1/14/2003.
jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Undated bottle purchased recently. Probably a year old, maybe two. Hazy copper pour with a slight off-white head. Aroma is malty — cookie and caramel with notes of fruit and allspice. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter, perhaps because of the age of the bottle. The body is medium with a watery texture, though there is also a slight chalky texture in the finish. Very little carbonation, again perhaps because of its age. Slilghtly tart finish.