Its beautiful in a sublte way. The Alfine 11 hub is excellent. I've got it with a 39t chainring and a 18t cog - for hills a larger cog would be better (especially with winter clothes and a backpack probably amounting to well over 10lbs). I can do Edworthy hill with a backpack, but it's not at a "commuting" effort. They offer cogs up to 23t, and with a different crank you could do what you wanted with the chainring.
Fenders and lights are in place, and I've converted it over to clipless pedals. The issue here is the chain stay flares out for the hub, inducing some heel rub. I've put in eggbeaters with 5mm longer axles which has taken care of this issue. Also some Bar mitts have helped with the cold.