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RATINGS: 1209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Our winter 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 3+ years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
12 oz bottle: pours a dark rich mahogany color with a small off white head. veryy nice aroma. carmel, chocolate, spice, raisin. sweet. the flavor is very full and rich. caramel chocolate. notes of rasin. some nice roastyness. sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Somewhat weak copper-like alcohol aroma...smells like a strong beer. A very beautiful dark redish brown color. Roasty sweet flavor...with very little fruit taste just a nicely spiced ale. Very robust in its style. A nice drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (7605) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 30, 2004
bottled. certainly quite christmassy, aroma of raisin and a fair whiff of alcohol which was a little brandyish. quite sticky, decent roasted bitterness, a bit too sweet and with a little slighty rotten tang in the finish but still warming and pleasant

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Very dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma is very dark and malty but pretty nondeScript. The flavor is super-malty, and unfortunately the first sip is the best; its’ a refreshing surprise after a summer of light, hoppy beers; tons of dark malt, some chocolate and dark fruitiness; slight alcohol exhale. Nice a thick. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2714) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 This beer was dark brown with a rather large head. The flavor is rather sweet with some chocolate, raisins, and caramel detectable. A very big malty brew. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2004
This is a good English Strong Ale. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Finishes thick, creamy, and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Poured a deep brown with a small tan head that faded leaving lots of lacing. Aroma was really huge and malty. Flavor had a lot of malt, with a hint of sour that reminded me of sour cherry. It was so nice, and I finished it by smoking a pipe w/ black cavendish and it not only stood up to it; it actaully blended very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
This is like liquid tobacco. No really I feel like I’m drinkind dip juice. Like someone spit their copenhagen in my glass and then added some yeast. This stuff smells like tobacco, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts. It looks like filtered dip juice. It tastes like caramel, chocolate and vanilla. And I really like it. G-rat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Big sweet aroma of caramel with a light spice. Good sized white head with fair lacing. Appearance was great dark, mahogany and clear. Very enticing. Flavor matched the aroma but just a little bit lighter. Sweet with some light spice. Smooth light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Gorgeous Mahogany hue is an apt deScription of the appearance. The aroma is heavily malty and has some spruce and some nuts - interesting. Strangely the rich toffee flavor was spoiled slightly with some sourness. Otherwise, she comes with the proper dose of bitterness. I like the choice of malts better than most english ales.

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