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RATINGS: 1205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2006
bottle 2005. pours deep ruby red with a little off white head aroma is sweet caramel malt plum nutmeg taste is alcohol caramel malts hop bitterness in there as well. a smooth drinker though a little strong on the alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Arome of toffee, coffee, vanilla, malty. Dark brown color tan head . Flavor of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet malt. Creamy palate, low cabination. Overall great holiday beer reminds me of arm wrestling matches and knife fights in siberia

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. Pours a formidable deep, dark red with foamy off-white head and pretty good lacing. Nose of malts and alcohol. Very soft, spiceless flavors of pure, lightly roasted malts. Sweetness with hints of dark fruits and raisin from the alcohol. Incredibly smooth texture, rich and warming body, and very hidden alcohol. An excellent warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Served cold from a bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan-colored head. The aroma includes malts, but anything other than that i canít quite discern. the flavor is wonderful upon first taste, but the aftertaste is a little dry and bitter. Itís a fine beer, but not exemplary.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Wow, this was a nice surprise. Picked it up on impulse at a local "mix & match" cooler. From a bottle, the beer pours a dark brown with reddish tint. Smallish tan head. Not a whole lot of aroma but the taste makes up for it. Very sweet and spicy with underlying citrus flavors. Decent hopping kicks in towards the end of the first taste. Not especially heavy and I didn't notice any untoward alcohol taste. This could easily become a favorite of mine, especially for the price ($6.99 per six pack at Brennans in Madison, WI).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (256) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
For a winter seasonal I think this could be brewed all year round. Seasonal gives you something to look foward to, but this is not the first on my mind. Okay, but I would have to try again.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2005
fantastic looking beer, incredibly thick head on this one, leaves a film all the way down the glass, very strong malty flavor on this a little hint of alcohol and hops to balance it off a definate winner with this one, thanks probiere

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours brown with tan fluffy head. Smells of caramel and spice. Flavor of roasted nuts(filberts?), spice, and prune. Very balanced and not overly spiced like many winter ales.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Dark ruby brown, very nutty pistachio, malty aroma. Malty nutty, candied fruit flavor. Very well balanced.


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