SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle. Poured a nice hazy golden with a good head. Aroma was a little weak, but was also sweet and a little spicy. I was surprised by the flavor. Very easy drinking, and very enjoyable. Sweet and spicy with just the right amount of hops make for a nice balance. I think I tasted a little cinamon and nutmeg in there. Finishes like it starts, sweet and spicy (mostly peppery). Very surprising, and I might consider going back for more. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
From a 12 oz. twist cap long neck brown bottle with a list of ingredients on the neck label and a bottling date on the back label, 10/19/05 Lot#1803. Made a good appearance, poured a slightly hazy copper hued amber with a large foamy white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a floral hop and toasted grainy nose. A smooth, crisp medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Toasted grainy and malty taste with a subtle piney hop bitterness, a little fruitiness and a dry toasted grainy finish.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2007
got this one on sale on the tale end of the winter season. i will definitely grab it again next year. pouts a red amber and has a nice aroma of hops. nice balance of flavors (hint of carmel malt in there), and medium body. if you like hop flavor but can’t take too much bitter give this one a try. i’m very please with the two otter creeks i’ve tried thus far. jgb9348 (6480) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Dark amber colour with a super dense tan head. Great fragrant aroma of strawberries, caster sugar, caramel, malt and english hops. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong malt flavour perfectly balanced with citrusey and english hops. Aftertaste shows a lot of the complexities as well as a good hop kick. Overall, this was a lot better than expected, and actually one of my favourite offerings from this brewery. Definately worth picking up if you can find it. I bought this twelve ounce bottle (bottled on 04-November-2003 batch #1448) at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 1, 2003
Body is amber-brown colored with a small, tanned-white head. Smells of winter spices, pine and hops: both flowery fragrant and tangy. Taste begins sweet and spicy with a medium amount of butterscotch malt underneath. The hops hit next with a spicy zing, watering the tongue to a nice bittersweet, grapefruit finish. Aftertaste is bitter hops and some doughiness. Taste buds are treated to an excellent transistion from sweet to bitter. Not sure if this will help anyone, but it reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale mixed with Killian's Amber sweetness . May not sound great but it works here. Give this one a try, it is better than last year's "Winters Ale," which says something because it was also quite good.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2003
(bottled 11/4/03) Crystal clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, toffee, some spice, light earthy and grapefruit. Taste is sweet, toffee, nutty, some seasonal spice, finishing earthy and light grapefruit. Creamy light-medium body. Very pleasant winter warmer. fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Pours a dark red, with both malts and hops predominating in the aroma and flavor. The mouthfeel, however, can be a bit overpowering for some. I quite enjoyed this one, but a few of my friends did not. It is, however, worth a try. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2004
Good aroma; combo of malt and hops. Reddish/Copper color. Relatively low carbonation. Good/average hop flavor, but not really too bitter. An enjoyable beer overall. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2004
12 oz bottle: full tan foam that has decent retention and a bit of sticky hop lace…strong pine sap aroma with some strawberries and hop cones among the sweet resin. Bitter hop flavour, with a decent malt profile – some darker caramel and hints of nuts. Good session qualities and all around flavour. Totally respectable and drinkable. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Nice pour, good brown body with tan head. Bold flavor with good malt kick. coffe, and spice? nuts? good finish. Good alcohol.