Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Darkish caramel color, with some off-white head. Aroma is slightly worty with caramel and some grain. Strong up-front tea-like bitterness chords well with high initial sweetness. deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Not a Winter Ale as I expect: spicy is light, still present. But the roasted malt overall. Palate a bit light. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 5, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-5-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut color with a one finger of foamy tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a moderate caramel sweetness and a nice chocolate smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter spice smells as well as a bit of an herbal hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter roasted flavor consisting of a moderate level of some brown bread flavors as well as a caramel sweetness. Along with these flavors at the start, there is also a nice semi-sweet chocolate flavor present as well. The caramel transitions to a toffee like flavor more toward the middle, taking on a more buttery nature. This toffee flavor is short lived however and later losses its ground as some bitter roasted coffee and some light hop flavors of an herbal nature come to the tongue. At the very end some grapefruit hop tastes come to the tongue, in the end combining with the rest to leave a moderately bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. Overall the thicker body is rather nice for accentuating the roasted, chocolate, and sweet flavors, although the bitter coffee and grapefruit are almost too strongly sensed due to the thicker feel, making these flavors stand out a little too much for the roasted and sweet malty flavors and the style.
Overall – An OK brew, but the hop, chocolate, coffee, and sweet just never really seem to meld all that well on the tongue. Worth a try, but not the best winter warmer out there. slowrunner77 (12037) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"this here is a nice roasted malt and toffee winter warmer. there’s enough hops to take notice, but this is more of an english style brew. pretty good and one of pyramids better brews. not sure why i hadn’t reviewed it yet...or had i and BP is Fing with me? 2011- this year’s is drain pour! what the hell...the year old bottle i just had was much better..."
No consistency here :( skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014
We used to call this Snow Crap back in the day at BW. Regardless of it’s Pyramid Origins, this stands out in their line as being a contender for something other than MacroMicro.
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with off-white head. Spice, dark fruits, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more dark fruit notes. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a decent looking dark brown to black color with a decent looking one finger white foamy head that ends up leaving some decent spider web lacing.
The smell was mainly malty but roasty as well. Lightly spiced with what seems to be perhaps some ginger, and cinnamon.
The taste was kinda sweet roasty and winter spiciness allowing a decent spicy aftertaste leading into a dry finish.
On the palate, it sat at/about a medium with more of a sipping aspect to it than sessionability. No worries at 7% and being a winter warmer, it is where it should be.
Overall, I say this was a fairly good winter warmer I’d have again. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a dark amber with two fingers of creamy head. Flavor is malty and slightly sweet. Not many spices which is good. Balanced flavor overall. Nice beer. UncleKorm (1319) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle poured a clear deep reddish brown hue w/ huge long lasting foamy beige head and broken lacing. Moderate roasty malty spicy aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are roasted malts, pine, and spices. Medium bodied, watery mouthfeel, and a lasting resin finish. foyle (421) - Wyoming, USA - APR 5, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic glass.
Appearance: Pours a frothy off white head that recedes very slowly with lots of lacing. Color is reddish brown with some streaming carbonation evident.
Aroma: malt dominates, very bready with some caramel and chocolate, also some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, oily texture with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: bready malt, raisin, plums, caramel, a bit of dark chocolate melds with earthy and citrus hops.
Overall: very pleasant winter warmer. Enjoyed this sipper.