Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2001
Everyone else has pretty much summed it up, a surprisingly bland beer from Sammy Smith. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 22, 2001
I did not fancy this ale at all. Buttery, waxy taste through and through, with no flavors really leaping out. Didn't exactly get my excited for the holidays. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2001
2000 edition was boring and very thin. Some decent malt flavorings but overall just an average ale. Not a top choice among seasonals. scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2001
This beer might be a little skunky like others mentioned. bigred7 (44) - Sarcoxie, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2001
Decent aroma and intial taste, but the beer seems flat at the end.
I was really looking forward to trying this beer. Unfortunatley it is so skunked that I don't think I can drink it. And I spent 7.50 for a 4-pack.
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2001
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........ Sammys (427) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2001
I was surprised at how hoppy this smelled and tasted. Not sure what makes it a 'Winter' brew, but I was impressed. Great hoppy English ale. opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2000
Wow....this is simply one of the best ales I've ever had. Great beer. Very balanced. This is just a great beer. It's not terribly spicy as I've come to expect from a 'holiday' ale, but the flavor is just out of the ball park. This stuff is great!! When I think of a good ale, this is what comes to mind. Just a wonderful blend of hops and malt. Simply perfect for a cold February evening. Bov (13284) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 12, 2000
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 2004-2005 (4/7/7/4/15) - clear amber colour, the initial foam quickly reduces, notes of caramel in a subtle hoppy nose, some astringence, solid malt body, decent bitterness, the finish is quite dry with notes of tobacco and caramel - very drinkable, solid and quite complex
2002-2003 (4/7/7/4/14) - clear amber colour, fine head, light hoppy, buttery and fruity, medium-bodied, subtle, sweet and bitter with a long, light fruity finish - very british, very pleasant
2001-2002 (5/7/6/4/12) - amber colour, creamy head, deep herbal aroma, dry and bitter, light, long vegetable finish
2000-2001 (5/8/7/4/15) - orange colour, nice head, well-hopped, sweet, well-structured, dry finish with an interesting bitterness