wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2014
500ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cold.
Aroma: Pine needles, caramel, lots of hoppy bitterness.
Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep mahogany body with a massive, creamy vanilla-white head. Medium+ visible carbonation. Superb lacing.
Taste: First flavors I get are pine needles and moderately bitter hops, followed by caramel malt, a maple-esque sweetness. Full flavored and delicious!
Palate: Medium body, low carbonation. Long finish that ends on pine-y hops. Slightly warms.
Overall: A pretty fantastic winter ale! It reminds me of Christmas trees. Great stuff!! MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival 2004Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 13, 2005
Aroma of a standard home brew attempt; coffe and a bit "chemical". Taste is, however, much better. Maltty, chocolatey and very plesant in general. I would guess it is an attemt to copy Young’s Winter Warmer, but not really there (yet?). 5/3/7/4/14 3.3
Bottle November 2005
Now they are there. This is now a great beer. Wonderful hop aroma. Maybe a bit weak head. Small taste of dark chocolate and weak cappuccino, plus hops. Interesting spicy aftertaste together with some bitter chocolate. You have made it this time, guys!
dark ruby-brown colour, almost no foam, nutty and spicy nose, malty and earthy, slightly bitter, medium to full-bodied, long woody and nutty finish, well-balanced - very nice ! thomat (3868) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Bottle. Amber with a heavy off-white foam. Fruity, malty notes with a hint of flowers. Medium body with a very nice bittersweet finish. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours nut brown w/ a tall, lasting head. Superb lacework w/ a full fluffy canopy lasting the whole drink. Aromas of soured mocha. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers for a creamy cottonball explosion. A dry brew w/ refined flavors and a moderate roast. Theres a defined hop presence that brings it all together and keeps it snug. Bitter cocoa, pot roasted coffee, nuts, tree bark, and leather. The finish is dry w/ a mild souring component. Theres no fruit at all in this brew. Overall: It’s a breath of fresh air. Very English in style, refined yet potent. Pay attention to the finish, the sour and cocoa mingle together playing tag with one another. Very nice! Highly recommended.
deft (84) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2008
50cl bottle at home. Red/brown color with medium tan head. Sweet smell, with nuts and bread. Taste is bitter and a bit hoppy and a long bitter aftertaste. I’ve had several of these and under the right conditions this one is wonderful. santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Pours a deep dark ruby copper with a thin, beige head. Sweet malty aroma with lots of caramel, burnt sugar, spice, pine, molasses,and dark fruits. The taste is full bodied and rich without being overpower. Nice bready, earthy notes with pine and grass hop, sweet caramel pine, and subtle but sturdy spices throughout. I like it a lot. It tastes much beefier than 5.3%, but in a very good way. A sipper that won’t get you hammered. Defreni (3226) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2009
Flaske. Kraftig humlet duft på en brun-rødlig øl med et fint skumhoved. Smagen er også kraftig humlet med en meget lækker mundfylde. Virkelig imponerende alkoholprocenten taget i betragtning. Dejlig afbalanceret let øl med en stor smag. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz bottle into a mug. There appears to be no freshness date.
Appearance: Its head builds up tall and foamy. It is firm and rocky, light tan color and slow fading. A small thin cap hangs on till the very last sip. On the way down the glass it leaves some nice rings of lace. The body has a deep, very dark reddish amber/old copper color with some visible carbonation.
Smell: The aroma has a modest presence of spicy/herbal hops with a hint of holiday spices and something citrusy.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a solid hop presence with citrus and spicy/leafy notes. The hops are supported by a mildly sweet and dark bready maltiness. Within it are also notes of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. In the finish hop flavor picks up and adds dryness and bit of bitterness. The body has a medium to full feel with a slick smooth texture and active tingly carbonation.
Notes: Overall this was a pleasant Winter Warmer.
mikeyswede (37) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
I really like this winter ale it has a fresh fresh taste and I’ll have it any time