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. 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. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - 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. Sledutah (7729) - Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine festival 2013 Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Appearance: Cloudy amber with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma and flavors of toasted malts, spices, oak with a dry finish
Sampled at the Alaskan Barleywine festival. Notes of chocolate, spicy, cinnamon. The mouth feel is a bit thin.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bomber. Pours a dark brownish burgundy color with a half-inch of tan foam and lacing around the glass. Aroma is a mix of holiday spices, orange peel and mulled wine. The taste is mostly cinnamon, clove and allspice upfront followed by notes of red wine, oak and ginger. The hops and malt flavors are barely detectable. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated while the finish delivers more holiday spices along with some mild astringency. Much like their Pumpkin Spice beer, it’s a little one-dimensional. robforbes (2246) - 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. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
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. ACHops (1594) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap @ Uber. Pours thick reddish dark brown with thin head that laces well. Aroma is sweet and lightly spiced oaky malt. Taste is big smooth dark caramel malt, medium bitterness with no real hop flavor, and strong oaky finish. Clove and heavy allspice notes linger. I get what they’re going for here, and it’s close, but this would be much better if they eased up a bit on the spices and notched up the hops. Maybe a little more (or less?) time with the oak chips, as that flavor is kinda harsh too. blutt59 (6565) - 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