zach8270 (4021) - 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 (419) - 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. Ron (4216) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
On tap at McGregor’s. Amber in color with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma,caramel,toasted malt,vanilla.Malty flavor with a slight amount of hops and a clean dry finish. Not as spicy as other Winter ales. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of cousin, thanks Marshall!! Pours a ruby hued amber colour with a small tan head that disapates quickly to a slight ring on the glass. Nose of sweet malts, toasted malts, red fruits are also lingering in the background, cherry being the most distinguishable. Initial taste is loaded with toasted malts and sweet malts trying to make there way in. Mid palate of mild red fruits. Finishing with a touch bitter hops and mild earthiness & spices. Palate duration is short. Medium body. Not bad but nothing outstanding either. blipp (9790) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours red amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma with some berry like fruit. The flavor is similar to the aroma, a bit boring, but inoffensive. Not bad.
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear amber brown with a pin stripe of white at the top. beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - DEC 14, 2009
Aroma: Faint sweet malts.
Taste: Some dry and caramel like European malts, some slightly burnt toast, modest bitter hopping. Finishes with a little bit of a twang.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and highly carbonated.
Overall: This is a sturdy ale. I haven’t had any other Wachusett beers, so I don’t know where this ranks in their lineup. The beer is good, and a tad warming.
caramel colored with a quickly fading white head, smells of sweet malts, some small yeast notes. tastes of the same, sweet malty flavor, they might have wanted to make this a scotch ale, but i think they came away with more of a brown/amber ale. maybe they should have used those spices! coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Draft. Orangey amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and flavor: lots of caramel, some raisins and cherry, spicy hops. Good English ale, but not particularly wintry. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2012
A smooth malty nose with a hint of smoke. Medium amber color - when one pictures strong English beer this isn’t it. Could be a bitter or even a pale. Tastes, however, are the roasted malt and bitter bankground that define the style. Not enough sweetness to be Scotch ale; English classification is correct. An easy enough drinking beer with a medium body. Just out of the session range. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2013
It pours a light amber in color and has some visible carbonation seen rising in my nonic. A nice fluffy one inch white foamy head appears and lasts for about a minute before slowly dieing. The smell has some light aromas of caramel with some light spice as well. The taste is slightly sweet ranging closer to some light bitterness from the Christmas spices. The palate is medium centering on a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue. This is fairly drinkable. It leaves a bland aftertaste. Overall, I’m not really impressed with this one, but for the style, I’d say just average.