Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with a tan head. Malty, toffee and lighter chocolate malt notes. Dried fruit and a light roast y hop bitterness. Coco and dark fruit. Medium body. Great beer. ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 28, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured a dark chestnut color with streaks of garnet and a tan one finger head. Smelled predominantly of coffee, sweet malt and a little chocolate. Light smoky chocolate malt flavor with a dark chocolate and spicy hop finish. A decent porter but not a standout.
SoundsLikeJoe (13) - Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
A heavy ale... somewhat hoppish but still the presence of malt. A slightly bitter finish.
The head was avereage, the price was moderate, but the overall impression is favorable. Would buy again..... depending on the selection and mood. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009
2008-09 version. Pours a deep brown with a hint of dark red. Opaque. Looks like a porter, very dark. A brief, small glimpse of head.
The smell is roasted coffee and cut tobacco. Has sweet toffee, raisin and dark cherry in the second sniff.
The taste is dueling sweet toffee-raisin and dark/bitter coffee-mocha. Porter flavor with extra cherry sweetness (maybe that’s where the "winter" part comes from). Hints of a strong barleywine at the end. The sweetness is only an accent, though, and a necessary counter to the bitterness.
The feel is chalky and yet easy to sip. This is one damn good beer. But don’t let the name fool you, it’s a richly flavored porter. Sonicdescent (388) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Anyone that follows my reviews knows I have a hard on for dark beers and this is no exception. Dark color and creamy head with a pretty lace.
Aroma is malty fruit and chocolate, slight coffee
Taste..see smell, no fooling here
Palate is like a good porter should, only if slightly over carbonated.
Drinkable and cheap enough to be dangerous. I’d get it again in a heartbeat.
JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle sample. Clear brown pour with a thin off-white head. Malty caramel aroma with not much else going on. Malty caramel flavor with some crisp hop. Not bad, but lacking the roasty character I prefer in a porter. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2009
12 oz bottle
tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
This is a decent winter porter. It has potential to be better but depending on the cost this year might be worth picking up. I wish more Stoudt’s beers were this good instead of so hit and miss.
Aroma / Appearance - The black body had all the appeal of a typical winter stout or porter. The nose is rich chocolate, coffee, and residual sweetness. If there are any hops in this they hide in the background.
Flavor / Palate - Rich and malty the mouthfeel is fluid. Full of chocolate, dark cherry, and coffee it leaves a lingering bitterness in the throat. This is not quite what I was expecting from a "winter ale" but I will not complain about a competently made porter.
The aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar. Very nice. The appearance is dark brown, tan head. The flavor follows the aroma, chocolate, roasted coffee, brown sugar. The finish has a mild hop bittering. Very good overall. KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
I too was expecting something spicy... winter ales are not typically porters, but this one is... hints of chocolate, coffee... robust and dry finish Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2009
So I was expecting something sorta spicy, but this isn’t its got notes of chocolate and maybe cinnamon, plis coffee. Fairly robust body. Very satisfying.