szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
The best thing about this beer was the color. Taste was not remarkable, slightly metallic. Not a beer for me. SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Amber colored with a soft white head. Malty with hints of caramel, and just a hint of spicyness. Dry and alittle thin. Alittle grassiness as well. robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Average, average, average, average, average. What else is there to say? Pours fine, smells ok, tastes decent, but with no real character. "Hearty" it is not. Not distinguishable from a mediocre summer ale. GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Enjoyable winter brew, but blander than some others. Could use a bit more spice. DrPiva (96) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Average aroma, maybe the draft is better? A bit grassy tasting. I personally think the hops overwhelm the malt but not in a good way like maybe Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Overall just too much of some spice I can’t put my finger on.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
A much better winter than others including Sam Adams with a nice slight spiciness. vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle: Amber color. Nice tan head that stayed around awhile. Malty aroma with a hint of spice. Nice lingering after taste. lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Really want to like this one more. For an English strong ale it seems awfully hoppy, kind of detracts from the drinkability for me. Bitter/citrus peel way overpowers any malty sweetness that may be there. Oycpff (93) - USA - APR 27, 2006
bottle - Clear, copper/amber with quickly diminishing head, decent lace. Grainy aroma with fruit, spice and slight hops. Thin to medium bodied, slick feel with flavors of slight roast, nasty fruit flavors, slight spice, metallic hops, light malt that is not bad but this puppy doesn’t do it. DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
This beer is tasty and delicious, but i wish it was stronger since its supposed to be a "robust winter ale." It does go down nice and smooth though.