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RATINGS: 1155   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
I picked up a single 12 oz. bottle in the refrigerated section of the beer store. I smell apple and caramel and cinnamon. The color is a rich brown with a light brown head. Has a sweet taste. Fruit and honey. I detect a bit of alcohol taste, but not too strong. Some nut in the flavor too. This is definitely more sweet than hoppy. Not too sweet, but if I drank a lot of these in a row I might change my opinion on that. Overall, It is refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
A bit thin in the flavor dept. Nice solid ale, glad it’s not trying to be overly something.... Very drinkable! and that’s good!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Mahogany color with a small off-white head. Really sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. Flavor is roasty,nutty, malty, and a little chocolatey. Complex. Palate is smooth and round, low carbonation. Finish is long and fairly bitter. Overall very good winter beer. Definitely would drink this again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unibaren (154) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2006
Rich, sweet and malty aroma with some sour notes and hints of caramel. Dark amber colour with off-white head. Nice lacings. Sweet, rich taste with some hops bitterness. Disguises the alcohol totally. Medium to full body with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a very good winter ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Draft @ Blind Pig. Dark body with amber tint. little head with some lacing. Malty, nutty aroma with pine mixed in. Strong hop and alcohol presence, but lacked the malt sweetness that I really lock for in this style. Enjoyable, but just a little off too...

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2004
12oz bottle. Very impressive! This has a fantastic aroma that just begs for attention; a hoppy nose with malt backing. Looks great, a deep red brown with a thin head. The flavor is great; a nice rich malty complexity, with a perfect hop taste to close. I bought this without really knowing much about it, so without any preconceptions, this stuff blew me away.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
Colour is a dark reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma is of oak and vanilla with caramel and some plum and raisin. The taste is hoppy with some burned notes and maltyness mixed in with an oaky/earthy notes. The body is full and the carbonation is just right.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 This was a good beer, I am looking and seeing that this is 8% and I never would have guessed. It pours a mahogany color with a tan head that has really good lacing. The flavor is of malts, not too sweet, with a nice balance of hops. This is a very well balanced beer and very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - NOV 2, 2013
Poured at Avery. Pours a clear light golden brown color. Has nice amount of head. Has coffee and nuttiness to the flavor. Full flavor in the mouth. Definitely enjoy this beer,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clueo (149) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
A very nutty smell and taste with a heavy aftertaste. The color is a nice light mahogany and the pour is nice and clean with a small head. A good holiday brew which goes perfect with a cold winter night!


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