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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1518) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Iíve had this many times, but just now getting around to rating it. Lots of holiday aromas -- citrus, light wood smoke and chocolate. Really crisp, but I am drinking this one right off the store shelf. Long, clear and bright orange, lemon middle of the palate. Comforting; like the rock of a cradle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2014
11/24/2014. From bottle. Dark reddish brown with a tan head. Sweet malty aromas. Hints of dried fruit and caramel. Oily texture, toffee, malt and nutty flavors with a boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
A nice sticky/nutty sweet but not cloying strong ale/old ale type thing. I donít get the mocha/coffee aspect described above, but a quite nice beer regardless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (863) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Not a bad beer. A little week in the aroma but is very flavorful. Will keep you warm on a cold snowy nov 16th

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1314) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Pours an Amber brown color with tons of particulate matter floating throughout. It has a short caramel colored head.aroma is dominated by caramel. Mildly thick mouth feel. Just a bit of carbination bite in the back of the throat. Toasted and caramel malt forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonmac (725) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Tap at Bulldog Lowertown. Pint glass. Very little head and plenty of darkness. Dark brown to black in color. Faint aroma with some malt presence. Serves as a prelude to the malt-centric taste. Roasted qualities are obvious with balance kind of missing. A freshness is there which is appreciated. Caramel. Not a lot of bitterness. Pretty good even though this review isn?t all that jubilant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (700) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Tap at bulldog lowertown. Black with small head. Malty aroma. Slightly sweet and very malty and warming. Very low bitterness. Soft mouthfeel. Nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltman53 (435) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Pours mahogany brown. The flavors on the palate are mostly caramel with a coca-cola finish. Overall, would like to see more structure in this beer, but it does hide its ABV quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1045) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark fruit. Upfront, their is a rich roasted maltiness with hints of cocoa, nuts and burnt caramel. Some resiny hops come through in the finish, and the rich dark malts begin to mellow a tad. A long bitter, roasty aftertaste completes this hearty, warming ale. I might set a few bottles down to see how they age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (476) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2014
BOD 267/14. Dark amber pour with a very deep dark ruby cast. Below average head, lacing and retention. Subtle, but nice, nose of dark fruit (plums, figs) over a biscuit like sweet base with strong caramel notes. Almost medium body with a slickness that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Above average carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, very complex and well balanced until the finish. It begins with a smooth blend of flavors that tend to cascade to the forefront. Sweet biscuit and caramel begin, then yield to the dark fruit over a very mild toffee note. The middle is mildly bitter with a citric rind like note that fades into bitter dark chocolate. The long finish is where the alcohol comes to the forefront, but is somewhat masked by a residual sweetness. A grain alcohol like aftertaste lingers.

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