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RATINGS: 1152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 1, 2003
The beer is a clear dark ruby with a creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor were very sweet, malty, chocolate, plum, alcohol. Very wet feel, soft carbonation, wet/long finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2003
Bottled. Mahogany colour. Roasty and malty, soft and rounded. Very tasty and complex with salty bitterish finish and a touch of wood.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2003 A tasty tipple indeed - dare I say a tempting toddy. Excellent color, excellent sweet nutty flavor. Slightly bitter with a great finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7772) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Very dark chestnut with red shine. Slight, light-brown head. Nose of grapes, raisins, vineous and hops. With warming up, there follows a smell of kaffirlime (peel, as in Thai cuisine). Taste are grapes, tobacco, some bitter chocolate,and lots of hops, but well balanced with dark malts. Very chewy mouthfeel. Retronasal gives nice tobacco-and-hops, long, but after a quite long time, a new impression of sweet chocolate emerges. What impresses me most in this beer is its very succeeded balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 Pleasant aroma with berry and pineapple fruitiness, sweet dark malt, hop spice and a hint of chocolate. Deep, dark red in color with a lasting, creamy, off-white head and fine lacing. Flavor provides some toffeeish, bready malt sweetness, faint semi-sweet chocolate, some vaguely punch-like fruit, and a wisp of spicy, Northwest hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is just right, creamy and lightly effervescent, and with a medium-full body, . Fruity and nutty aftertaste. A very respectable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2003
Dark mahogany with a bone/beige heavy head. Malty aroma with components of toffee, dark malts, light juicy fruit and citrus zest. Malt sweetness on the tip with mild light fruit flavors followed by mild coffee and bitter light chocolate. As this one warms it become quite bitter and the alcohol really comes out. Better cool.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2003
Prunish aroma along with roasted coffee. Semi-carbonated, not much lace on glass. Oily mouthfeel. Malty at first taste, then nice dry finnish. A good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Looks dark enough to be a stout. Aroma of coffee and malt. Wow this is a nice beer. I second the well balanced, it has enough hops to make it interesting. Even the finish is a nice balance between bitterness and sweetness. Excellent Beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Very good aroma and appearance when poured. Plum and toffee aroma with a deep dark ruby color. Flavor was pretty complex and well balanced. The bottle I had was slightly overcarbonated, but all in all, it was a very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Deep ruby body, real tiny bubbles and a creamy tan head. Fruity, berries and ripe cherries. Leathery and musty taste with hints of nuts. Dry and alcoholic on the finish.


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