Panzuriel (2465) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2003
1997 bottle drank in 2000. Deep brown liquid with good head. Nice malty aroma with some spice hints. Smooth and not too thick texture. Good sweet flavor with a twinge of roast. Nice beer. jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2003
2002 Bottle: Nice creamy head with a burgundy coloring. An extremely nice hop/malt balanced finish as compared to the quite sweet overpwering maltiness at first. I am quite impressed with this beer. I bought it about five months ago and even in that time it has mellowed out so much, definitely not like last year's batch. Somewhat of a sugary aroma. I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Bottled in 1998, drank 2003. A TWIST OFF CAP! Dark, full bodied. A little on the sweet side. Not overpowered by the hops. I really liked the screw off cap. Jurgen (7) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2003 does not count
The first taste left me for the first time with a beer with tears in my eyes and memories of... what? A wonderful beer. Smooth,spicy, well-balanced, with a perfectly stated bitter aftertaste. One would have to be completely jaded, I think, not to appreciate this one. Next year I'll hunt it down. 3fourths (9377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2014 Dark burgundy color, with faint aromas of roasted cherries. Full feel, with medium carbonation; tastes of sweet cherries, roasted wood, and spices. Palate is left feeling jumpy. What a nice beer.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2003
It's pretty good. I like the flavor. It is smooth and not too strong. It's one of the better winter brews out there. Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Deep red-brown, with a thinnish beige head. Complex. A lot of malt, subdued hops, subtle roastiness, and some spices-- probably cinnamon, perhaps a tiny bit of cardamom, and orange peel. Good full-bodied smoothness. Excellent seasonal. My only peeve is the twistoff cap, which renders the bottle useless for homebrew. DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
.................................................. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Dark, clear, and malty. Very dry finish.
Excellent winter beer. ........ Beerhound (16) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
I somehow missed out on all of the "Holiday Beers" this year, but my father-in-law was good enough to give me a bottle of Pyramid Snowcap Ale he had left over. This beer is a deep reddish, almost mahogany color with a dense beige head. The aroma contained a hint of spice, a promise of more to come from this winter warmer. This promise was more than kept when tasting the brew, as my taste buds were awash in a mix of fruity, hoppy, spicy goodness. Snowcap is not quite the assault on the senses as Anchor's Christmas beer can sometimes be, which I've described as a Christmas tree --lights and all-- in a beer bottle, and I found it to be very enjoyable. The only disappointment was that I only had one. Next year I'll have to get more.