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RATINGS: 1202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltman53 (427) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (882) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (356) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Great beer. Spicy flavours, and very long lasting. Thick palate to go with it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerm719 (127) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Medium sweet malts dominate subtle earthy hops. Smoke, caramel, white chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans. Light vanilla, with some sherry-like nuttiness. Bit of alcohol on the finish. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"pretty much a textbook winter warmer. pleasant flavor, good alcohol presence without being overbearing. better at 50 degrees or more. no need for spices like so many other holiday brews. malty, nutty. simple yet refined."

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doofgoblin (400) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2014
This stuff is awesome! Aroma is lots of toasted malt faint dark fruit note. Taste is incredible with lots of toasty malts, caramel, burnt sugar, and nutty notes. Finish a smooth sweetness that’s soft on the palate. This stuff just gets better with age.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fcjack1 (213) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle from world beers. Pours a dark amber. Scent is a malty spicey one. Taste is malty also. Some spice, cinnamon. Pretty good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (5433) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of almonds, toffee, crunchie bar, cinnamon spice. Taste is sweet and nutty. Finishes sweet. Interesting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (16258) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2014
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... dark sweet toffee malts ... soft sweet toffee malt ... that caramel tofe malt im not fond of ... soft tofffee malts ... dull malt... not me


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