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RATINGS: 1155   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.


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
htnicholas (49) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
From a 12oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown with a thin white head. Smells of Carmel, toffee, and maple. Taste is somewhat confused. It has a moderate hop-like bitterness that is a little off and which is retained from the start to the finish and lingers Dow a while thereafter. It tastes a little like cloves and the original formula Listerine, not not I a good way. The alcohol heat is very apparent and doesn't add to the experience. Not a very good example of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nlderricks (16) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Ehhhhhh it's okay, probably not going to get again. It's a little plain, not a very crisp flavor. Good color though. The Derricks ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1031) - Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Dark, tastes like molasses and brown sugar. Thin head. Hot from the alcohol. Toffee.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (5660) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle @ DØE tasting. Pours hazy dark amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, oak, oxidation, little winelike. Flavor is malt, oak, oxidation, coconuts, chocolate, fruits. Medium body, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol. 170713

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Valgreen (640) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle @ døe øl smagning, 17 / 7 2013. Dark brown, small white head, some lacing. Aroma, sweet malty, dark fruits, toffee, bread, hay. Taste, malty, toffee, bread, slight alcohol, . Leaves sweet dry toffee aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (10642) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 170713

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Pours reddish-brown with soft white head. Aroma of stone fruit, sweet malt and boozy alcohol. Taste fruity sweet but dry leaving your tongue with a light oak bitterness. Overall a complex beer that is good to sip and marvel all of the great flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1020) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Tried a bottle of this while visiting Denver. 2012 vintage. Good nutty winter ale that has some complexity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Poured into a snifter. 2007 vintage, so somewhere in the 5-6 year old range. 3.5 A: Deep brown borderline black color. Just a short frothy head formed and fell quickly. No lacing. In any case, I’m happy about the carbonation level at this point. 4.5 S: Seems that this has aged quite nicely. Still quite potent, but also with smooth, well integrated aromas. Big toastiness, dry caramel, light tobacco, and a pleasant spiciness. Dry overall, but balanced. Not a ton of complexity, but that tends to happen when a beer is aged so long. Despite this, it smells amazing. 4.5 T: Like the nose, it’s hard to find any problem in the taste. Lots of toastiness, caramel, and dry graininess. No hints of booze at all. Fairly dry, but again, balanced. 4.25 M: Medium body. A little undercarbonated compared to what I’d expect fresh, but easily enough for a beer this age. Goes down super easy, but a bit more body and creaminess would be nice. 4.5 D: This drinks like a session beer. So easy to drink. I’m furious that I don’t have another. Tons of flavor, great balance, and no problems. Serving type: bottle 04-26-2013 01:29:38

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Toasted, caramelized malt flavors are inherently spiced by a rye-like character, while potent wooden hops contribute as much flavor as bitterness in this complex, compelling sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the cloudy mahogany.
-The spicy character seems to come from grain bill and hops. It even develops a marzipan-like personality at times.
-Fruit cake allusions also appear.
-The rich body is rounded out by alcohol warmth.
-The flavor profile is harmonious throughout.
-The finish is balanced.

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