Beaver (1799) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2003
The Winter Welcome Ale poured copper with lots off lively carbonation that resulted in a thick white head that was fairly creamy and retained well. The aroma was kind of piney, bready, alcoholic smell with some metallic and skunky tones. The taste was sweet, bready malts initially with a hoppy finish. A very smooth drinking beer but not nearly as much flavor as I would expect from a winter brew. PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - DEC 11, 2003
I don't agree with the previous skunky comparisons. Burnt toffey in the nose with some malt sweetness. This is an interesting beer, not in the Pacific Northwest style. It does have a warming affect. Flavours come out when this beer warms up. egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2003
2003-2004 bottle... Poured a copper color with a large fluffy off-white head and no lacing. Aroma of skunk, malt, and some hops. Skunky caramel malt taste. Some bittering hops as well. Sweet caramel dominates this brew. I used to like this one alot more. When cold, the flavors seem to be all over the place in this one, as it warmed it became alot smoother and sweeter, and the bitterness died down alittle and a little wheaty flavor came out. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Past the skunk (this was pretty fresh, too!) the aroma was caramely and somewhat hoppy. Orange color, puffy white head. Flavor also had some skunk to it but beyond that it was kind of dusty with the caramel again. Was disappointed that mine was skunky, but I can't imagine being overly impressed if it wasn't. madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
Bottled: Light amber coloured. Off white head. Hops and malt with notes of caramel in the aroma. Hops, malts and light flowery flavour. Has a distinct bitterness in the end.
badgerben (5178) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Stunning amber appearance. Light hops and malt with a little floral. Nothing too powerful, but nice balance among the tastes. tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Beautiful amber color. Decent taste, with some dryness and sharpness to it. A cool label tho. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Coper colored beer with a large off white head, mostly lasting and with lacing. Aroma is malty with signignificant hoppy (floral) aroma. Taste is initally sweet (carmel malts), middle and finish is bitter as the hopps make their presence known. The finish is very dry as well. Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 2005 (rated 2.4) : I got the same whiff of skunk Joe got; it surprised and disappointed me. It’s an amber brew (but I bet you could tell that by looking at it in its clear bottle-source of the skunkiness?) and pours with a smallish white head; nice lacing. Flavor is unremarkable; good hop/malt balance--but the skunk hovers above. 2004: (rated 2.8) Fizzy and a bit thin overall, but has nicely balanced hop & malt flavors, as well as pronounced alcohol. Despite its 6% ABV, feels light on the palate. BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Light, effervescent and without some of the overwhelming spices some brewers use on their winter specials. Far from one of Sam Smith's best, but enjoyable none the less.