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RATINGS: 1155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Our winter strong ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 2 years.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
This is a most impressive rendition of an ESA - deep, dark amber hue with off-white lacing - yeasty aroma, with spciy notes, plums, figs and christmas cookies - strikes the balance between roasty and sweet qualities that all the great ESAs do - full-bodied, quite chewy - toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness - bready malts and dark fruit - peppery and spicy near the end, finishing with some nutmeg and a touch of chocolate - I’m going to get plenty more of this stuff for the long, north-east winter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mamradskoda (9) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2004 does not count
This one grows on ya. A very earthy taste, great for staying wam on a snowy night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours at nice dark brown color with a decent light tan colored head. Has a spicy aroma that reminds me oor winter time. Has a decent warming effect and all around great brew

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
imagine the shock when i went into my local beer store and found this, considering that i live in a state where 6%+ is banned... at any rate. pours out dark colored red with a tan head that lingers for a bit. smells spicy and has a nice hint of alcohol to go with it. taste is sweet and a hint spicy. im going to drink 6 of these and see how they treat me. a nice beer for certain.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2004
(draft) I was sure I was enjoying a nice spiced ale but I see in the commercial description that the flavor is all malts. Very good, though a little sneaky as the alcohol doesn’t really register.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Awsome! bottle poured a dark black with a nice frothy head. Aroma was great! sweet ,malty, chocolate candy,like. Letting it warm up on this cool arizona night. Flavor is roasy sweet I can taste the alcohol, reminds me of stones IRS. This is good baby!! just good! Sure this isnt a stout!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2004
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. I’m wondering how an 8% beer managed to sneak its way into a NC bar. Anyway, deep, deep brown coloring with some off-white head that laced onto the glass nicely. Nutty flavor with nice warming feel as it went down. I’ll be ordering this one again frequently.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Pours a smooth dark briwn with a small beige head. Malty, nutty aroma. Mostly malts and nuts in the flavor with a small trace of coffee. Alcohol very well hidden. Great ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2004
12 oz bottle. Brown and clear in color with a nice tan head. Malty aroma. Malty flavor. Some chocolate notes. Slight hops. Smooth tasting. Well balanced. Enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 13, 2004
Pretty ruby brown, relatively clear appearance. Head is foamy and fuzzy, like a tan cashmere sweater. Smell is sweet, caramel and cherries, not much else. NIce and strong flavor punch. Roasted, bitter hops, almost astringent, coupled with sweet malt, chocolate, winter spices, earth and a tad of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and roasty. Decent beer, but I don’t know about this 92% rating.


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