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RATINGS: 1225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
12 oz bottle that has been in my larder since Thanksgiving 2008. Time to drink up! I poured this into a snifter, where it seemed surprisingly carbonated. Its thin head faded quickly, but the visible carbonation reasserted itself in a surprisingly light body. Not surprisingly, the age has taken the bite out of the stronger flavors in this ale. A powerful aroma of molasses remained, but the flavor had stronger elements of nuts, carbonation, and boozy fruitcake. Both the punchy aroma and the fizzy body confirm my memory that this had sharp edges when it was new. I prefer the more mature version and judge this t be well worth the wait, especially at the price.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2012
aroam, nutty, and deep malts open into nose some toffee, color, deep reddish hue, white head, taste, was really surprised, very malty, the brew takes on a coffee, toffee, type taste very rich with a mild semi sweet chocolate aftertaste, overall, neat brew really warms you up!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mensch (289) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
Dark copper pour, low head, and medium lacing. Fruity piny aroma. Fizzy with bitter dark fruits. Some caramel with a thick phlegmy mouth. Not bad, a spicy winter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Pours dark brown, slight hint of an amber color. Head is a very creamy light brown. Aromas: mostly roasted malts and a little nuttty. Lighter body than I expected. Initially, I notice the roasted malts and some nice hops. After a few gulps you get some hints of wood and toffee. All in all, I kind of wish it was either a little smoother or a little more defined. On the other hand, I do enjoy the way it clears your palate and doesn’t leave a big aftertaste. It’s a really tasty beer, just not as "big" as I thought it would be.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Reddish brown pour with 1/2 finger off white head. Nose of spice, malt, and grass. Taste is light malt with a soft bitter hop taste. Lacing is minimal. Not great.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Deep dark brown. Malty hoppiness blends together well. Very characteristic flavor pattern in these seasonals.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Pours clear and chestnut with a thin white head and thready lace. nose is heavy with hazelnut and raisin. Distinct notes on the tongue with firery alcohol, allspice, toast, and fruit cake. Well balanced and wintery.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Bouteille 1 an vieillie 12-12-10: Brune foncée avec teinte cuivrée, légère effervescence, limpide et mousse éphémère. Arômes de biscuits, de céréale avec notes de chocolat et pain d’épices. Légèrement sucré, avec une amertume a peine perceptible. Très maltée. Corps moyen, avec une texture asser crémeuse et riche. Saveurs de malt, de biscuits des fêtes, de chocolat, avec des notes d’épices. Finale asser longue sur le theme de malt et chocolat. 27-12-11 Bouteille 2 ans vieillie: Même teinte, mousse abondante et crémeuse. Sans effervescence. Légers arômes de métal.Toujours pleine de saveurs, riche et crémeuse et très maltée. Vraiment délicieuse.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
voyageurmike (271) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Poured into pint glass from bottle, dark mahogany with toffee nose and light carbonation. Medium bodied, malty with caramel finish. Great to have a winter ale not doctored up with spices.


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