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RATINGS: 1203   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Hell, yeah!!! Loved this stuff! Nice brown color with a lingering head. Looks really good. Smells fruity as all get out with a nice malty background to it. Now this is what I want out of a winter beer. Wonderful sweet dark fruity taste with just a hint of malts to it and a finish that bites a little. Man, this is good stuff. This is the best winter beer Iíve tried in a while. Still like the Celebration Ale from SN better but hey, Iím a hophead. Still a solid-ass beer from a brewer that seems to be coming on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Clear brownish-red pour with an off-white head, good retention, sticky lacing. Roasted malt, nutty aroma with a hint of hop bitterness. Sweet malt, molasses and carbonation at the beginning leading to a semi-dry bitterness from the hops. Could be more complex. Medium body, moderate carbonation, mild alcohol warmth. A winter warmer for sure!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Dark fruit, chocolate and toffee notes with a boat load of malts. Light floral hops. No spices. Plenty of dark robust flavors, but not overpowering and a pleasure to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2012
A great winter warmer. Itís heavily malted and hopped to get you through the winter. Great malty taste. American strong ale flavored intermingled with holiday flavors. I havenít cellared any of these be cuz they all get drunk before I can get to the cellar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Very unique mahogany color with a small tan head. Very sweet aroma of toffee, molasses and raisins. Flavors of spicy malts and cherries at first with burnt toffee, wood and some chocolate coming through in the finish. Texture is just a little thin but the complex flavor more than makes up for it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Pours a deep garnet color with a beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is subtle. Rummy berries and some wood and caramel malts with a mild alcohol hint. Taste has some cocoa and nuts and dark fruits like plum before a big onrush of toasty grass and alcohol. Nose is highlight. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Med Brown, cola-like color. Tan head... ...Malty, hints of chocolate, Bitter with sweet finish.... ....Med Body. Light carbonation. ... ... ...A solid Strong ale. Delightfully on the hoppy end of the spectrum. Good balance between the hops and malt

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2012
A nice warming beer. Not a whole lot in the nose - maybe a hint of caramel. Strong malty backbone. I know they say there's no spice in there, but there's just a slight bite of something at the end....something....holiday-ish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2004
(draft) I was sure I was enjoying a nice spiced ale but I see in the commercial description that the flavor is all malts. Very good, though a little sneaky as the alcohol doesnít really register.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Dark mahogany with a tan head; rich aromas and flavors of malt. Has a slight acid, slight hop taste; aromas are of caramel. Solid, but not very complicated nor very interesting.


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