Holdwine (1227) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Let the overhopping begin (or, I should say, continue). Decnt enough Mallt and spice base gets overwhelmed by hops. Not very true to style. Still, it does have its bright points- looks good in the glass and some thought did go into the malt. troopie (2323) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle poured a clear tarnished copper. Aroma of bread, citrus and very piney, almost like a cleaning solvent. Bready flavour with malt and spice. Hoppy flavour with a metallic tang. This doesn’t remind me of any English strong ales. paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Clear brown/amber. No head. Mild aroma, toffee if any. "Drinkable", I guess. Mild if any hops, slight metallic flavor. Won’t buy next year. Cavie (4654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Winter ales usually aren’t my favorite. This one was probably the best of the winter ales I’ve had but I still didn’t care too much for it. poorbastard (42) - Bokeelia, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Deep brown in color with a quickly diminishing tan head, this beer is bland with a bitter bite from the roasted malt. No spice. No character.
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Caramel malts. Harsh finish. Completely average beer. DIdn’t expect much more from a red hook brew. ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Meh. Not my favor winter seasonal. Lacking full taste. Has decent pour. Ok beer OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A - Pours a clear chestnut body with red highlights. 2 fingers of off-white head.
S - Yeasty, candied grain, caramel malt, brown sugar, candied orange.
T - Toasty grain, brown sugar, spicy pale malt, brown bread crust, a light dusting of cocoa powder, caramel malts, nutty yeast, cascade-like hop creating a citrus edge against the malt. Finishes crisp and semi-dry.
M - Light side of medium, medium carbonation, slick but drys out on the finish.
Light and mellow winter warmer. This is a good all around holiday beer. The hops and cocoa seem to give it a holiday spice without being forced. Good stuff for $7.99.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2011 DavidWoodruff (603) - Windsor, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Dark brown with a light brown head. Roast grain aroma with just a touch of evergreen. Flavor is similar to aroma. Dry, thin and nothing particularly festive about it. Seems to be more of an American brown ale. ryrpat (372) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Okay beer. Pours a nice bronze amber color. Not much of an aroma here and a rather bland taste. It leaves a lot to be desired
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