McGarnigle (654) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
From a 12-pack of Christmas beers. This is a pretty one with a nice clear, dark amber body. Beyond that, I don’t know. It’s not quite an IPA take on a Winter beer, but there is some hop bitterness (45 IBUs per the brewery). A little caramel sweetness, a little roast, but these three elements seem to clash. I don’t think there are spices in it, which is fine with me. realjb29 (27) - olean, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Nose is very bland only a subtle hint of cinnamon. Appearance good clarity color is almost mahogany a deep amber hue. taste is bland over all only subtle hints of caramel, black cherry, possesses some sour off flavors. moderate carbonation. Overall not good. I would never drink this beer again. zicksmith (3) - boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013 does not count
Bottle looks like a chode. Taste is relatively bland but what it lacks in taste it makes up for in alcohol content. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled 20SEP11 (because winter starts in September now?)
A: Copper with a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. near cobweb lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Caramel malts with hints of metal.
T: Herbal, with a near lavender flavor. Nasty.
M: Thin with moderate carb.
O: Been drinking some shit beer tonight, getting tired of it.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2011 Cybercat (6048) - Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Malty aroma has notes of yeast, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pours a warm chestnut (not necessarily roasting on an open fire, tee hee) with a fairly thick and rather persistent pale buff head. Flavor fills the mouth with malty, woody hop, and subtle nutmeg and cinnamon notes - is that a snippet of cloves? Texture is not particularly thick or fizzy, but it does leave a pleasing finish of hops and understated spices. Yep, not getting the same thing year in and year out is very nice!
CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2007 Total Score: 4.2
Pours a deep chocolaty opaque brown; tan head has fine bubbles and persists some. Aroma is rich and creamy and fairly malty with strong hints of spice and coffee. Flavor is mainly malty and has a roast coffee overtone and hints of spice and hops. Very smooth, perfect for the winter holidays.
Moderately malty character with a bit of roasted malt and hops (Burnt pine?). Reminds me a little of an Amber Ale, with just a tad more hop presence than is typical for the style (You won’t confuse this for an IPA, though). Relative to other winter warmers, a little less sweet and a little more bitter, but fairly balanced. Nothing special, but nothing that will turn you against the winter mix pack from which it comes. Old fashioned bottle design. I don’t know if one would call this a stubby, but its definitely not a long neck. douglas88 (9572) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle from the grocery store. Pours a clear mahogany color with a medium beige head. The aroma is light spices, some caramel and toasted malts. Smooth, actually quite hoppy, some pine, toasted malts, nutty, citrus, some caramel. Quite nice really. And a good price. Really smooth and fairly light. Well made. Luvystypotables (2049) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Aroma of hops, hint of citrus, dark brown colour with a large creamy head with great lacing. Taste of hops and citrus with a mildly bitter palate. brewbattles (40) - - DEC 9, 2013
We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:
http://youtu.be/TJowachG1no Eberndt (235) - - DEC 6, 2013
Dark brown with a very strong roast flavor. Just bitter enough and pretty enjoyable.