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RATINGS: 1226   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Bottle. Dark black with decent bubbly tan head. Nutty and malty aroma. Nice lacing. Mostly malty with light hops and chocolate. Bourbon and wood alcohol finish. Very warming, indeed. A really good English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Reddish mahogany, relatively clear appearance, moderate head formation. Malty aroma, caramel and roasty. Sweet nutty malt flavor, some chocolate, decent hop citiric bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Nice body and beautiful color (dark red). Nice bittering hops, too, if you like that sort of thing. First thing that came to my mind was a dark IPA, which is sort of an oxymoron. Good stuff but certainly not the best beer in their line up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Clear dark mahogany body topped by a mostly frothy (some creaminess) light tan head. Big whiff of caramel and loads of hops. The flavor is huge roasted malt and toffe with tons of spicy bitter hops. Very nice! Full bodied. The finish is surprisingly dry given the big body, the finish is long and very pleasing. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Dark ruby mahogany color with off-white creamy head and lacing in sheets of the same color. The aroma is moderately hoppy, spicy (pine) and sweet with caramel malt. The flavor is moderately bitter but well balanced by the underlaying sweetness and the abnormally high final gravity in these winter beers. Finishes dry and spicy but ends quick. A good winter seasonal from another unattainable Colorado brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Fairly dark brown with slightly reddish hues on the edges. Small head of white that leaves litte lace. Malt, hops, and spices are coming through mostly. Nuts are there as well. Again, the flavors are similar. The hops are coming through quite a bit more than malts in the flavors. Some nuts. It says no spices, but I swear there is something in there. Medium body, smooth palate that finishes with a touch of hops. Thanks acrodizer!

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