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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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
pleasant dark red coloring with a little lacing on the glass. Nutty, malty and spicy taste with a rounded, almost oily mouth feel. A nice winter beer. Would go good with beef tips or a nutty cheese, or maybe nuts.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Angelmonster (115) - Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is a clear mahogany brown with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention is above average but the lacing is very good Aroma is of sweet roasted caramel malt and some herbal hops. Alcohol is also slightly detected. A bit underwhelming compared to taste First taste reminds me of an English barleywine. Tons of malt come through ranging from flavors of brown sugar to smoked malt and even some copper. Hops are also there, slightly bitter but mostly floral and earthy. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the finish. Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is sufficient. Beer is medium bodied, about average consistency for a winter beer. Wish head contributed more to body, it died down towards last quarter of glass. Drink ability was great. Rather session able strong ale. Very complex beer, almost flawless. Winter is my favorite season for beer and this one is one of the best seasonal beers around

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kuzo (115) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Pours a mahogany with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted nutty malts with hints of cocoa. Flavor is strong roasted malts, coffee, with a nice dry bitterness on the finish. This one is a bit heavy on the palate but has a crisp bite. The alcohol is hidden well which makes this drinkable. Has a slight resemblance to a scotch ale. Very good winter seasonal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Red- brown color, with a medium sized tan head. Nose is malty with molasses. Malty, caramel, cookie taste. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours a dark cherry or deep, deep burgundy (almost black). Aroma is first of fruit (cherries, raspberries), caramel, and then of some butter. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy almost chewy. Taste is first of sweet malt, followed by some bitterness, and then a spicy finish. What a wonderful seasonal.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Good mouthfeel was about it, too malty and the alcohol in thus one came through almost sour with a hot finish, says in the description no spices used and it’s true. That is where I think this beer could be much better, with some spice added.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle. Amber pour with small lacing. Nice molasses aroma upon opening, very nice. Big fan of Holiday beers, this is a nice offering.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nhamilton (103) - Cibolo, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2010
When you open the bottle you can smell the aroma instantly, maybe walnuts roasted over a fire. has a very strong taste with a hint of seasonal flavoring. Has a slight aftertaste. Not a bad beer, just not my type.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
Light brown, small compact head with some laces, carbonation is rather low. Sugar-candy, vanilla, rhum soaked fruit cake, caramel, ruby-red grapefruit and a bit spicy (nutmeg?). Well balanced, starts candy sweet then the hops deploy their presence with grace and elegance; never is it too sweet nor too bitter, yet the bitterness lasts for quite a long time. The body is round enough to be satisfying but the beer never feels heavy. Surprisingly refreshing, still credible as a digestive. Very enjoyable!

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
k9coug (101) - USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bought this bottle off the bargain shelf at my locale homebrew shop, so don’t know what year it was brewed. It might have been passed its prime. I am surprised by the rating, the alcohol content and the claim of no spicing. Very skeptical that the spiciness was made by malt and hops alone.


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