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RATINGS: 1157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3740) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Very malty and smooth aroma with a nice sweetness. Dark brown-red with lacing off-white head. Low medium carb and medium watery body. Nice malty character, hoppy but not too bitter. Molasses/fruity taste, with nutty finish/after. Good taste and not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2002
The aroma is of fuit malt and nutmeg. Thick and smooth drinking. The alcohol is non detectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Complex malt, by turns nutty, sweet, fruity smoky and spicy and all very nicely integrated under a delicate hop nose. Not brilliant, but a tasty tipple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Rerate: Medium beige head, dark amber color. Sweet toffee, chocolate and hop aroma. Flavor is sweet, bitter, nutty and some alcohol. Finish is bittersweet. Seems to have alot more hops this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Deep red color, nice head. Sweet hoppy aroma. Flavor was balanced expertly with a sweet finish. As it warmed, I got notes of cereal in the finish. A good beer but nothing to make it stand out too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Dark mahogany color, nice head. It was like a weaker version of the Sweetwater Festive ALe I had two beers before: sort of a ginger taste but lighter. Nice, somewhat bready finish. not bad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 7, 2002
I would most likely give this higher marks, but like an idiot I’m drinking while still trying to get over a cold. It does seem to have some medicinal qualities in the strength. Nice malty - the strenghth does come through a bit. I had wondered, not seeing it on the bottle, but here. Look forward to having another with a clear head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Nice clear, deep brown. Nose malty, smells quite strong. Odd soapiness, but doesn’t overly detract. Great sweet malts, nutty, chewy, toffee-ish. Sugar somewhat reminscent of Belgian candy sugars. Slightly mineral in the finish. Oddly sour at the end, but it doesn’t cause problems with the enjoyment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 This beer mega-macadoscious rocks!!! The aroma is of rich malt, dark fruits and chocolate. A crystal clear, deep mohogany color. Handsome. God, I'm a geek. I just called a beer handsome... and it's not the first time. The flavor is to die for. Malty and slightly sweet up front. Well-balanced with a whisper of tartness and bitterness on the backside. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Medium-length, slightly acidic, mostly dry finish. Incredible beer! English Strong Ale? Ehhh!!! I'm not the categorizing expert that those who run the site and brew the beer are, but this brew reminded me of a Belgian Dubbel. Whatever. Drink one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Very very good. An excellent blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger blended with a nice orange citrusy flavor. Definitey a close 2nd when it comes to winter brews - Barley’s still being the best.

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