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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2003
A nice deep garnet color, and it is quite clear when held up to the light. It has a nice fruity, lightly spiced and hoppy aroma. This beer has a nice hop contribution, for some reason I was not expecting this, but it is good. The taste has some fruity - cherry notes as well as some light subtle spice character (as I understand it this is all done without the use of any real spices). The finish is slightly astringent, and is accompanied by a light sweetness. There is a bitter hop finish as well, though not IPA like but it is quite pleasing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Roasty malt aroma. Not sweet, but roasty. Nice brown color with good sized tan head. Body is a little thin at first, but malt soon makes it's presence known. Very little hops in this beer. Finishes surprisingly clean, yet alcohol is apparent as well. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownaler (393) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Definately at diamond in the rough: finding an 8% beeer in NC. The dark brown beer forms a small white head. Has a nice and spicy hop flavor mainly in the front.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Poured very dark brown with a little white head. Taste was of subdued but present hops that balanced out the malty flavors nicely. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
The best holiday ale I've had so far. Nice full body, and nothing too weird about it. Color is a nice clear, deep copper-amber-brown (mahogony?). Aroma has some spicy notes to it, but again, not too crazy. Mouthfeel is full. Nice malty flavor with a spicy finish. It's the balance and the full body that I like about this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3899) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2003
I've had two bottles of the six-pack so far and I'm warming to this. At first blush it has a hoppy profile, but in fact it is a more robust spiciness that begins to transcend style deScriptions. Dark brown color, moderately large bubbles of carbonation in my glass. Undistinguished palate--mostly wet. The aroma/flavor profile is most deeply coffee-like to me, with some sweet, nutty, caramel, and nutty notes. Increasingly interesting as it warms. Though some edge on it still keeps me from giving it especially enthusiastic support.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Deep dark brown. Malty hoppiness blends together well. Very characteristic flavor pattern in these seasonals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12353) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark mahogany color with a very thin white head. Good hoppy flavor with hints of spice (cinnamon and nutmeg).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
2003 bottle. Dark cherry/mahogany color, thick head around edge, some lacing. Nutty and spicy (cinnamon?). I know none were added but I taste them. I guess it could be the hazelnut. Medium bodied. Nice for a cold night, we'll have plenty of them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 Commercial deScription of mahogany color is right on. Also contains some pulpy floaters. Nice aroma of nuts, wood, and fruit. A tasty beer with a rich palate and notes of fruit, coffee, peat, and chocolate. Perfect maltiness. This is an excellent winter seasonal that is fitting for a fire and some nice tunes. Much better than expected. Ages very nicely; vintage bottles are fantastic.

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