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RATINGS: 1222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Pours a dark amber, medium tan head. Aroma was fairly light but was nice: darker malts, some hops and some smoke. Flavor was much fuller, malty, caramelly, smoky, with a bunch of spicy hops at the end. Bitter finish, rounded body. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Dark brown, tinge of red with a small head. Malty sweet aroma. Malts dominate, some toffee and nuts colored with a dark or smokey character as a bitterness kicks in for the finish. Hides it's alcohol very well and improves as it warms in the glass. Overall very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Pours transparent dark brown like root beer, with medium sized tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is malty molasses. Flavor is same but with smokey roasted mocha. Fairly sweet finish, but still seems nicely balanced. Lacking spices, but I guess that was never the intention based on the commercial deScription.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2004
A fine, well-hopped barleywine - sweet but not overly so, almost dry, but again, not so. Quite yummy. Similar to but a hair less hoppy than hog heaven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Nice deep translucent firey glowing brown color, thin sandy colored head thats firm and crusty only to fade somewhat quickly to a semi-fluffy thick collar, lace in minimal strings and spots. Aroma is quite roasty, dry and coffeeish with a nice malt tone thats a touch sweet. Which becomes more evident as it sits, plus some alcoholic warmth seeps through as well once it warms; quite nice with a bit of added dried floral hop notes too. Taste has a warm roasty maltiness thats a tad sweet, touches of spice, molasses, and a favorable little coffee-like dryness and mild dried leafy hoppyness. The only thing is thats its a wee bit flat and doesn't last for very long. The finish has a nice light effect of sweetening dryness. Feel is just shy of medium body with a thinner side to its creamyness. If this weren't 8% this could be one fine dandy session of an Old Ale, but that detours it a bit from being so, other then that its still fairly drinkable. Not bad actually, just a bit short lived.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Deep reddish-brown color with a decent off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, fruity and malty aromas. Smooth nutty and chocolate flavors, full bodied with mild carbonation, full creamy and smooth mouthfeel, finishes kind of dry, alcohol well hidden until it warms, a solid winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Reddish Brown with a tan head. Aroma is like over roasted coffee. Flavor is burnt and toasty with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Dark brown with some reddish tints. Tan head. Aroma of coffee, spices, nutty. Good, full mouth feel. Toffee, coffee, and bitter chocolate in the flavor. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Figures,this bottle has to be last years. Clear dark red,light brown. Lovely,tight beaded,khaki head. Tons of lace. Oxidized malty aroma:nuts,toffee,dark bread. Mouthfeel is very creamy,with soft carbonation. Slick nutty,chocolate,toasty malt flavors. Very clean,and lingering flavors. Finish is also malty,with lots of toffee,and toasty notes. Just the slightest hint of hops. Damn,I thought I wasn't going to be able to rate this when I smelled it,but luckily the flavor didn't suffer at all. Can't wait to get a fresh bottle. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2004
This beer poured a brownish red color with a spotty tall head and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was very malty and had a fruity smell as well, but I can't pinpoint what fruits. The flavor was big on malts with some citrus notes. Very easy to drink and a nice full bodied beer.

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