Goodgrief (2071) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 13, 2008
Beer pours dark copper color with nice head and lacing. Aroma is of caramel malts. Flavor has a lot of bready/toasty/biscuity notes, subdued sweetness and dry finish. Some spicing as well. Not bad. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2008
Deep brown body with some ruby highlights. The thick head is dark tan, The aroma is piney with some grapefruit at the same time. Interesting as I usually smell one or the other. There is also some leather and caramel. The taste has some toasted almonds with caramel. There is also a nice grapefruit hop finish. Surprisingly good, especially for a Spanish Peaks brew. While the flavor profile may fit an amber, the body is fairly dark for that style. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper and clear golden color with a large sized head. Aromas of toasted grains and all around earthy. Tastes of caramel, grains, and light chocolate. Thin body. Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
12oz bottle consumed at New World in Tampa. Pours clear amber with lasting tan head and some sheet lacing. Mild aroma with a rich roastiness as well as a bit of sweet dark fruitiness. It has a rich inviting flavor with roasty malts mixed with pine hop bitterness. The malts seem to dominate but the hops can’t be dismissed either. Toward the finish a brief dark fruitiness surfaces and mixes with mild caramel candy sweetness to add to the persistent roasty maltiness. Tastes better than I was expecting. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish-red body with a flimsy, off-white head.
Smell: Mushy brown malt aroma with hints of berries and spice.
Taste: Ill-defined brown maltiness, though no real sweetness. Dash of sparkling water. Light fruitiness. Faint hint of spice. Mild, tea-like bitterness. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery.
Drinkability: I appreciate it trying to Winter Cheer me up, but it just didn’t really come together for me.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Nice looking ale, pouring a clear dark reddish copper body with a goodly sized eggshell head that coats the glass heavily with thick lacework. The aroma has sweet malt, almost caramelly, with a bit of apple and an earthy bitterness. That pretty much describes the flavor except that the bitterness tends to grow and linger. It also gets a bit dirty as opposed to earthy. Not sure what makes this a Winter beer, but I’ll stick with others.jsh12bama (761) - Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2008
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Pours dark amber with thick off white head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste of caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. Nutty finish. Reminds me of a brown ale. Average. Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Pours a mahogany-plum color with a dense, frothy, beige head that leaves patchy, creamy lace on the glass. The nose is a blend of cocoa, nuts and faint caramel with spicy and herbal hops in support. Light-bodied with soft carbonation, the palate transitions to a fairly bitter finish that comes across as a bit metallic. Spicy and herbal hops front the flavor with a malt backing that features notes of light chocolate, nuts and caramel malts, but the hops actually dominate the flavor profile. It’s a bit disjointed, overall, but it’s certainly the best of the Spanish Peak brews that I’ve tried. ganache (6088) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle. Sticky caramel and musty fruit aroma. Mahogany-copper pour with a bubbly beige head. Taste is sweet and caramelly with some choking musty hops, and resolving into a nice nutty aftertaste. Does manage to dry out somewhat. Light-medium body and smooth. Touch of Germanic spiciness, and yes, I do like the hop profile here, but adjunct percentage seems to be a bit high. Something of a well-rounded, but not quite wintery, brown ale. Ratman197 (15612) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle poured a cleardark copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, light cocoa and a hint of nuttiness.Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, toasted malt, light cocoa and a hint of nuts with a smooth malty finish.