GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Enjoyable winter brew, but blander than some others. Could use a bit more spice. jgb9348 (6433) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Good strong winter ale!!................................... Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Weak. Amber color, thin head with a little lacing. Faint malt aroma with a hint of delicate hops. Flavor is a watered down version of the aroma. Thin mouthfeel, dry finish. Everything about this beer - aroma, falvor, and mouthfeel - was just weak. PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 Rerate Pick up a bit of a nectarine-like fruitiness in the flavor this time around. Enjoyable - same score. Original 3.4 Slightly malty aroma, thin, quickly dissipating head with a wee bit of lacing. Nice amber color. Nothing really memorable about the flavor - kind of dry with a bit of a bitter aftertaste little bit of a hoppiness to it - it’s from the west coast ain’t it?. Beats the Bud Light that they will be serving at the New Years Eve party I am going to. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Tan creamy head. Nice clear amber color. Hazy hoppy aroma. Light carbonation. Initially delicately hoppy transitioning into a warming, smoky-malty flavor. Nothing really jumped out at me in this beer. Let this one warm up a little.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Clear deep amber color topped with a medium thick head that disappears relatively fast, however leaves good lace. Sweet fruity malt aroma with a hint of underlying hoppiness. Sweet fruity hoppy flavor with a good malt background and a hoppy fiish. Medium to full bodied and very warming. delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2002
clear copper, light but clinging head. tinny aroma. the first sip, i was like "ew, tastes like amber bock mixed with bud", but after it sat out for a while it wasn't as bad as i initially thought. not spicy at all, but a nice malty flavor. fizzy but somewhat watery palate. it'll do in a pinch i suppose. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Crystal clear light copper. Off white edge head. Grainy malt aroma with hints of fruit syrup. Initially a bit rough with an astringent roasted edge covering a dextrin based body. Mild black cherry skin aftertaste. Medium light body. Balanced sweetness. Medium bitterness and a faint pine cone hop flavor. Taste seems artificial at times. Finishes warmer in flavor but not completely impressive. A slightly above average winter sessional. ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
A very drinkable dark winter beer, but lacks the complex flavors of a comprehensively brewed winter. It has a nice dark bronze color. Nothing exceptional, but a decent winter brew with a lot of flavor and no harsh aftertaste. Relatively smooth and certainly enjoyable. soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Its not what I'm expecting from a winter ale. Its more like an IPA to me because of the strong, and somewhat bitter hops taste, which I'm really not that fond of. I've bought IPA's before and some of them are enjoyable when I'm in the right mood for them, but this one has a hops taste that doesn't have alot of character and reminds me more of soap. But its definitely drinkable. I can easily finish this six pack, and if someone gives me some, I'll happily consume that as well, but I probably won't buy any more of it, because its just not that memorable to me, and its not what I envision as a winter ale, which is usually less better.