KyotoLefty (10193) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle. Medium amber-brown with a good, fine head. Amber malt and yeast aroma, slightly earthy, a bit of caramel and raisins. Very well roasted amber malt. A touch sweet, but primarily dry. A touch of chocolate, with grass and earth, dried fruit. Dry, roasted finish with some hops. Very nice and well-balanced. Not really special, though, and not especially winter-ish.
luttonm (6154) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2010
Draft in MA. Rich winter brew with great malting. Body is a bit too thin and the ’scotch’ isn’t too prominent. Ends too sweet and fruity. Jayb0 (1194) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2012
I like that this winter beer doesn’t try too hard, it’s just a hearty take on scotch ale that doesn’t go crazy, just gives you that malty, maybe very slightly smoky, satisfying beer for a winter evening, and gives you something at a reasonable ABV. ABUSEDGOAT (2729) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Dark amber, large head. Aroma is English malts with caramel, earth and fruit. Medium bodied with a high carbonation. Not my favorite, but not bad either. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
12oz bottle courtesy of Secret Santa lackenhauser poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark clear reddish amber with a small head that lingers as a ring for a while and leaves some spotty lacing.
The aroma is subtle but nice, with sweet caramel and toasted malts as a base with some sweet fruits on top, maybe some raisins and figs. The aroma is definitely on the sweeter side of things.
The taste is sweet, but the caramel malts always seem a little subdued with the toasted character and hints of smoke getting into the mix.
The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style with moderate carbonation.
This is a decent enough effort at a wee heavy and very drinkable. However, nothing stands out and its pretty run-of-the-mill overall.
6ROW (463) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2009
dark amber pour with big 4 finger off white head.sweet malt aroma,with tart taste. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Pours copper. Nose is sweet malt, hint of smoke and roast, spicy hops. Flavor is muted version off everything in the nose. Sugary, caramel, earthy. thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2010
What I expected from their winter offering, pours a nice frothy foam that shrinks down to lace the top of the glass, looks appetizing, taste is good, malty, hoppy and bitter at the end, spiced, doesn’t jump out and grab you as much as I would like, reminds me of a mellowed out SN Celebration Ale, which much less hop. I bought a 12 pack, although I am not disappointed because it is very drinkable, I think this is a little above average and is not as distinct as I would have though. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear reddish color with a thin tan head. Aroma is very light with some smoked malts, peat, some grains, and the lightest hint of caramel. Flavor is light as well with some burnt almond, malts, light caramel, and alcohol. Almost no hops. Decent, but just is holding back on its flavor. MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Nov. 10, 2007; 12 oz. bottle. Dark-brown appearance; aroma & flavor of roasty, burnt caramel, spice & alcohol. Interesting recipe, but this a winter warmer I’m having a bit of difficulty warming up to.