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RATINGS: 1184   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2003
berry aroma, sweet and bitter like sexy ex-wife, very enjoyable and nicely warming

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2003
This was just delicious. Thick, semi-sweet, good amount of hops. The best part was the finish - dry, dirty and nutty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Clear mahogany body wuth small beige head. Aroma is caramel, malty, slightly sweet and slightly roasty. Flavor is chocolate with nice coffee bitterness. Finish is a bit roasty, and a bit cloying. Medium body. Tasty, but nothing special.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2003
This beer pours a deep, clear, dark brown color with a small, lingering tan head. It has a strongly nutty malt aroma. Full bodied, flavor is malty up front, with some nuttiness and caramel tones. Finish is sweet and slightly nutty with some hop bitterness present, but not much. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Dark red, with a nice thick head that stuck around for a while. Spicy/hoppy aroma. Malty, a little caramel. Not a very strong taste. Not a bad beer.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 21, 2002
WAY TOO HOPPY!!! This is supposed to be an English Strong Ale? Could have been 20-30 IBUs less. Overall an enjoyable beer but they need to lay off the hops cause this was more bitter than the IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Deep clear cherrywood color underneath a smallish tan head. Nice earthy hop aroma accompanied by toffee and roasted malt. Nice body and depth of flavor. Roasted malts, earthy hop flavors, nutty and toffeeish. Finish strikes a good balance between deep malt and bitterness. Overall very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3778) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.6
   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.


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