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RATINGS: 1185   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2011
"It’s the most wonderful... kind of a beer." I think this is last year’s vintage, no date on the bottle. Full and enticing aromas of prunes, burnt toffee, sherry, and wood smoke. On the tongue, it’s full and brown and prune and toffee. After a year(?) the hops are quite subdued but still noticable in a piney sorta way. One of my favorite examples of one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2256) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Slight roasted and nutty aromas. Malty, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel flavors. Alright

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4478) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Caramelized, sugary malt is the main element here. Pours dark amber with decent head and lacing. Sweet finish and thick consistency - a little syrupy. Tap at Churchkey, 2014 edition. I also tried the 2004 bottle pour at the Churchkey event yesterday and it didn’t hold up quite as nicely as the newer one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chadski4 (130) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Alcohol very present in the flavors. Surpasses a sub-par pour and vegetal aroma. Nice creamy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (541) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a dark reddish-brown with 1 finger just off-white head that’s very resilient. Aromas - chocolate, malt, little caramel and a subtle spice. Taste - malty, chocolate, a little caramel, some spice. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a rich red/brown, with a medium light brown head. Nose is malt and caramel, and the taste is the same, with notes of hazelnut. No spice, which is nice for a change. Finish is smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (176) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Malty sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, with coffee, toffee and ripe stone fruit in the finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a big malty ale. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (644) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a dark red-brown. A dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Strong dark fruit (prune), malt, and caramel taste. A medium body with a lingering malt taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
keith0718 (395) - Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Strong and sweet. Leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Flavor is hard to describe. It’s drinkable, but I won’t be seeking it out again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
SteveWantsABeer (2) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
Caramel and sweet, sort of a ’barleywine light’. Gorgeous pour. Superb able for this time of year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheCaptMatey (109) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Poured a dark red to brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is quite malty with dark fruits and caramel/ coffee notes. Flavor is a sweet malt mixture of nuts and dark fruits with a bit of hop bitterness. Not much of coffee in flavor, but enjoyable none the less.

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