beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
2002 version Medium brown color, small head. Aroma is malty, sweet and spicy (nutmeg?). A lighter bodied winter beer. Mild malts are spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander and ??. Starts out sweet and mellows to a spicy, slightly hoppy bitterness. Flavor is a little light for a winter beer, and its a little thin tasting, but there is something I like about this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2002
rerate gotta do this again cause i really liked this beer---burnt amber color, thin head, not a very thick mouthfeel but sometimes that isn't such a bad thing--it's very easy to drink and not too filling. and the flavor! wow, this was different. i don't even know how to describe it--very interesting taste. a nice peppery sort of aftertaste on the tongue, but an upfront candy-like flavor initially, sort of rootbeer-ish? i'll be getting this again next trip to the good beer store. 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.
Andrew196 (1943) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
As I rank this I kept getting more and more out of it...I experienced the following: banana, corriander, yeast, spice, raisin, grapes and alcohol. It was like a cross between a spicy belgian and a good wheat beer....interesting! AcctError2896 (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Damn good wintertime brew....tastes alot like a Scotch Ale and a nice treat for this very cold night.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Floral aroma, cloudy orange color. Not overpoweringly spiced like many of these beers are, but the spices are definately there. Nutmeg and cinnamon maybe? Spices aren't exactly my forte. Good beer though. I've been impressed with North Coast so far. siberianrun (10) - Arbutus, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2003
This is a keeper. For a winter ale this one is rather refreshing. very nice flavor kind of fruity. I look for this every year! austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2003
Seems Aubrey and I are the only ones who smell smoke in this brew. I think it's practically a rauchbier, it's so smoky. The spiciness is mild. It's really the malt that's pronounced. Again, very SMOKY, but also yeasty, like halfway to a weissbier. Excellent! LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Inviting complex and sweet aroma, with hints of spices. Pours to rusty amber with a tight thin head. Very malty with a bitter finish, spices sprinkled throughout. Slightly sweet with hints of wood (oak?). Pleasant and light-bodied for a winter ale. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 I lost my notes for this one. I liked the balance of hops, malt, and spice.