BVery (10328) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 BOTTLE: amber/clear color, aroma is light. A little hoppy, with spice tones and slight nut flavor. Just okay. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
(Bottle). Pours a dark brownish red color, with a light tan head. Has a malt aroma, and has a sweet malty taste. Finish is slightly bitter, and carbonation is very soft. poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2009
12 oz bottle. Very little aroma here--maybe some spices, caramel. Pours almost red with minimal head, mediocre lacing. Tastes nutty, caramelly (not a word? don’t care). A little watery. Bland winter beer. HenrikSoegaard (14101) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and and hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. Average light bitter finish. Herbal. Oily palate. 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 Not very strong for an english strong ale. Boring malty flavor. Nothing special here.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Very sour kind of bitter, unpleasant actually. I drank this while watching UW upset No.3 WSU, and being from Pullman maybe this was Seattle’s way of saying "don’t drink our goddamn beer if you our rooting for the other team." Well, just like the Huskies, beer too can have a bad season. Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2002
In my opinion, an average beer. I’ve had better, I’ve had worse. Next time I buy something, I’ll buy something else. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Mediocre strong ale. Nothing that makes this a holiday brew...where is the special spice? jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2003
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. wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Medium red/dark amber with a small to negligible head.
Nice hop nose with hints of your traditional spices (which may or may not be in this "strong ale")and maybe some fruit.
The body is pretty thin, and this isn't a warming beer--which is the point of winterfest ales--to warm you up.
The mouthfeel is thin--a nice malt/hop finish.