NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002Capa (3255) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Not nearly as good as the Widmer Brother’s Winter Nakt, but this beer has a lot of charecter that is hard to place . . . there is almost something minty about it, and then there is a dry aftertaste, and some wierd roast/pinaple flavour. Honestly, there are quite a few off-flavours that I am having difficulty pinpointing, and some of them detract from the purity and peacefullness expected to acompany the season - it is too busy; too party-like to really be a winter ale. It’s still a great beer, I just don’t think it’s appropriate for Winter - maybe closer to spring, when the weather picks up a bit.
Brown. Full malt profile. Caramel, toasted bread, some dates, light chocolate notes, too. Medium bodied. A fairly expected and nondescript American brewed English Strong. It’s not bad just predictable. donandres (527) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - JAN 4, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2016 12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: dark amber reddish brown, minimal head, some lacing
Aroma: toasted grains
Taste: Bitter, Sweet, nice initial taste and follow through
Mouth feel: sticky
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, but not something to look forward to.
Drank: 1/4/2016 seehaferb23 (260) - - NOV 18, 2015
Nice flavorful winter ale for the price. Tasted by the Cannery Row Beer Club. About $4 at New Seasons.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hansvf (881) - - APR 6, 2015
Donker maar helder, karamel kleurig schuim. Ruikt ook naar karamel. Smaakt vooral naar een roasted koffie. Niet verkeerd, ook niet heel lekker. superspak (5511) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/25/2014. Pours fairly clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, herbal, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. A light metallic note is present in the aromas as well. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, herbal, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, light pepper/pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Some light metallic/astringency in the taste, but not overpowering. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. I felt this could have been better if it were less hoppy, but was a nicely enjoyable offering otherwise.
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle. Dark, cola brown. Dark malts and raisins on the nose, transferring well to the flavor. Slightly tinny, but that’s fairly well hidden under some lively bittering hops and a hefty malt bill. Good balance for a winter ale -- really not bad. 78samh (287) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2015
22oz bottle poured reddish brown with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Very malty and a bit hoppy. Ok mintzmeet (457) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Interesting unnameable flavor. Think it's a strange hops varietal combined with the chocolate n roasted malts. Not real smooth, kind of bitter. Dark mahogany color. Oily head.
andrewje41 (3763) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Draft pour. Pours a dark reddish brown color wi th a sweet malt aroma. Mostly sweet, caramel malt flavor with a hint of chocolate. Nothing here stood out, but it wasn’t bad. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
not a huge fan of this, though it was nice to try it. wouldnt get again though.