bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of spoiled fruit, cinnamon, oak, and toasted grain. Flavor of infected sourness, caramel, roasted malt, and spices. Sledutah (7837) - Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine festival 2013 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Appearance: Cloudy amber with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma and flavors of toasted malts, spices, oak with a dry finish
Bottle:   Murky brown, ruby hued, frothy beige head, nice lacing.   Soft spicy nose, seems like a gingersnap cookie.   Soft spices up front, cinnamon, nutmeg, with that gingersnap cookie.   Unfortunately it falls off quickly.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Tangy finish, soft woodiness (oak?), with muted spices.   This one would benefit by having a heaftier body and a bit stronger spicing.   As is, light and subtle. blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
bottle, thanks to mora2000, dark amber color with no foam, aroma is spiced oak and malt, flavor of cinnamon spice, fruitcake, sour, bready Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Hazy brick red pour with a tan head. The aroma and flavor of this beer is way off. I get some toffee and some light dark fruit notes but there is also a strong rotten dark fruit character as well as some tartness which I assume is a sign of infection. Yuck.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Though I’m having this in the Summer, hey, cheers, I’ve had this fresh and here’s the rest of my take on this:
This was poured into a pint glass (winter warmer, let’s not overdo what is meant to be for this brew).
The appearance was a fairly semi-dark to settling orange to brown color with a one finger white to off-white foamy head dissipating within a fair light lacing stringing itself all around the glass.
The smell had a decent cinnamon to clove-like spiciness to allow a fairly decent sweet chocolate sweetness (Belgian-like to me, but that’s okay, I don’t mind).
The taste was sweet and spicy and winter-inviting: light orange/tangerine sort of flavoring here and there.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it.
Overall, hmmmm......good winter warmer, just hoping to see this coming winter. I’d down it again to indulge my tastebuds. Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sampled at the Alaskan Barleywine festival. Notes of chocolate, spicy, cinnamon. The mouth feel is a bit thin. robforbes (2266) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2012
pours a cloudy copper-brown with a small tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of malt, pumpkin spices, clove, and some orange peel.
taste is thick, spicy, cocoa, nutmeg, cloves, a few hops, and malt. ends on the creamy side. Beerdrinker79 (2218) - Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2013
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a one finger light tan head that reduces in a minute or so. Aroma is cinnamon, clove is noticeable, oak, maybe some wine notes, very unique, and tart, this is odd, interesting actually, not your average winter warmer. The taste is cinnamon and tart again, weird, I like it, but weird. Body is medium, carbonation is medium high. Overall this is a hard one, I like that they changed it up, not sure if the tartness is supposed to be there or it’s an off note. No masterpiece, but I did enjoy it. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Chuck’s 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle, WA for $7.59 + Tax. Thin fizzy light tan head with minimal tan lace hints. Fizz hazed cloudy hint dull opaque black color. No ruby edges and sightly brown shade. Cool Label. Rich roasted cinnamon all spice mild hop not overpowering front. Richly spiced yet balanced cinnamon all spice clove, hint of oak and orange medium tight textured mildly sweet dry roasted crisp dark Winter Ale body. Smooth mild hop mellow spice somewhat cloying off end due to addition of part of loosened big sediment pellicle. Nice body like a richer Anchor Our Special Ale until sediment dulls the end. Good dark Winter Spice Ale, just be careful decanting the end. (3.75 / 5.0) 32 IBU’s.