Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle-poured, this has good amber color with a thin, foamy head and a laid-back nose. But I wonder at the most recent high ratings – perhaps my six-pack has been too long on the shelf at Spec’s. The flavor starts off nice with pleasant but not deep maltiness and caramel; but doesn’t grow in complexity. The same hoppiness continues right to the end without any candy finish; there’s not much relief from bitter. I tend to seek that heartier taste in “Christmas” ales so was disappointed with this particular lot. tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2010
bottle. Pours clear orange ruby color with slightly yellow / creme colored head. Aroma is lightly hoppy, pine / spruce, with some biscuit / toast malt notes. Flavor is nice and balanced, and malt profile more prominent here than in aroma, caramel, biscuit, with a subtle hop bitterness on the finish. Nice. I’ll say it reminds me alot of new belgium’s 2 below though, somewhere in between a malty APA and an english strong ale. mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Approachable East coast-style Amber with muddled hop flavor on top of light caramel malt base. rougeau13 (3156) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Clear amber with off white head that laces nicely. Complex aroma of floral hops, hay, caramel malt, and grapefruit. Taste is a little sweet and a little bitter at the finish. Medium bodied. Quite a nice beer. dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
clear amber pour, small off white/tan head
aroma of caramel, light toasted bread, and light grassy/floral hops
sweet malt with hints of toffee followed by floral hops throughout to finish
medium body with med/light carb with lasting hop flavors
really satisfying. Good slow drink.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 oz bottle from Thriftway - Very nice citrus hops aroma. Very sweet flavor, and not grainy like a lot of ambers. A bit oily on the palate, but it works for this beer. Mmmm. Brrr. hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Pours a deep mahogany color with heavy hops aroma and a hint of nutty malt. Tastes like a toned down IPA, but the bitterness is still there, finish is very nutty/earthy, unlike anything I’ve had before. Light/medium bodied and noticeable carbonation. Doesn’t seem like this beer should be a winter seasonal considering how bitter it is, wish rb had an IBU rating on this guy. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Pours clear ruby amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma toffee, floral and citrus hops, lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is nice, there is a good amount of sweet malt and sweet and bitter hop flavors. Lots of flavor. Medium body, full carbonation. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Nice malty bready nose. Deep golden brown color. Very smooth malty taste and flavor. Yummy. muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Draught. Very pleasant hop filled aroma on this one. One of the thickest lacing heads that I have ever seen. Fairly bitter taste throughout that seemed a bit unbalanced, especially for the usually tame amber ale style. Pretty decent seasonal if not at all what I was expecting from a widmer seasonal.
EDIT: After having enjoyed quite a lot of this the last few months It is definitely the best winter seasonal that I have had this year. It is also in my opinion mis-characterized as an amber ale.