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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
This is a deep red/mahogany colored ale. with an intense flavor. After a couple of these anyone would be feeling jubilant. A complex ale with a mixture of hops which lend a floral scent on the nose.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fcjack1 (265) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle from world beers. Pours a dark amber. Scent is a malty spicey one. Taste is malty also. Some spice, cinnamon. Pretty good beer.

   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

   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 can’t quite discern. the flavor is wonderful upon first taste, but the aftertaste is a little dry and bitter. It’s a fine beer, but not exemplary.

   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.

   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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockey9930 (259) - - NOV 28, 2012
Pours a dark reddish amber with a half inch head and good lacing. A nice looking beer. Spicy and slightly nutty. Dry hops and lingering bitterness. Light bodied and thin. Lively carbonation.

   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.

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