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RATINGS: 1201   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap. S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola. T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons. O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isn’t a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat. Serving type: bottle

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Ugly dark amber with sediment. Toffee and candy notes. Tastes like a barley wine.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1500) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Garnet with tons of white floaties. Caramel and wet wood aromas. Sweet, candi and berries.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, plum, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/spicy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and herbal/spicy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1199) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 29, 2014
Aroma of Christmas pudding and cereal, some dark fruit, brown sugar, taste is pretty similar, nice but like Anchor’s Our Special Ale, can only have one or two at a sitting, not made to be a session ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2013 bottle. Cola looking pour, yeast Pleasant malt driven aromas and flavors. Dark fruit, raisin, cola, roasted nuts, coffee, clove and spices. Mouthfeel is lighter then I expected.. Watery, medium body.. with soft, creamy carbonation. Nice lingering finish of the above mentioned flavors. Very Belgian Dubbel-esque. A good go-to value winter beer. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Draft at Beveridge Place in West Seattle. Darkest ruddy brown, good foam. Alc soaked grapes and raisins. Smooth, soft. Alc is well hidden. nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2014
I keep this beer stocked all winter. It exhibits tons of wonderful dark roasty flavors with some sweetness and alcohol. Great winter warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (889) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with quite a bit of floating sediment and a thin light brown head that lasts. Taste is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, smoke, wood, fruit and some hops. Has a similar aroma. Has a nice chewy body with a moderately bitter and dry finish. Though there are a lot of flavors, each one is pronounced and feels as it should be there. An excellent brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1628) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2014
First in the style. Pours murky brownish purple with a half finger of creamy off white head. Aroma is chocolate, figs, molasses, sweet malt, prunes. Flavor is big dark fruit notes with plums and figs, molasses, just a hint of chocolate, some brown sugar, black cherry. Mouthfeel is medium heavy with medium carbonation and light bitterness on the finish. Overall a nice malt bomb that would be warming on a cold winter day. Good stuff.


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