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RATINGS: 1196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2007
12 oz in a winter seasonals 12pk. Pours a dark amber/light brown with tannish head and good lacing. Aroma is hops, malt, bread. Taste is malty, earthy, nutty, and a surprising hoppy bite. Alcohol is well hidden, this is nice and unique beer - it’s unique because it’s simple, no spices. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle pour. Hazy reddish brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is quite yeasty, malty, and light notes of toffee. Taste is diverse; mocha, hazelnut, overall spicy. The finish is very woody and malty. Overall pretty full bodied, a good beer. Hides the 8.3%abv well.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Deep mahogony with a very malty front and end. Hops are much less pronounced than the malt. Flavor of burnt cookies and prunes. A nice finish with a toasty aftertaste. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
Wonderful brew. Sticky and spicy. Fairly sweet. Great winter warmer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. Clear, moderately dark brown with a decent cream head that drops quickly. Aroma seemed muted with little to distinguish it. Packs a quick hop bite that fades quickly on the back of the tongue, leaving a tingly, citrusy carbonated taste. The alcohol presence is very hidden. I might try to cellar this to see if it improves. It’s good, but not my favorite winter seasonal.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Very oxidized. And its off a keg. Oxidation of the nose and on the tongue. Not a good beer. Some sweet caramel, which is its only redeeming quality.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Imbibed in November 2002. Faint hops and malt in the aroma. A clear ruby amber color with large bubbles in a thin head. Nutty, roasted malt flavors with a hoppy aftertaste. Faint spice flavor present. Smooth. The alcohol was not at all obvious.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jigglyjock (163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Carmel color head. Pours a mahogany hue. Aroma: sweet malt , toffee, Strong burnt flavor with coffee, chocolate, toffee aftertone. Heavy body coats mouth and throat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
12 0z bottle. Deep brown with smell of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is primarily the same as the smell -- minimal hop presence to balance the malt. Not a bad beer, but needs more hops.


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