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RATINGS: 1200   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
voyageurmike (103) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Poured into pint glass from bottle, dark mahogany with toffee nose and light carbonation. Medium bodied, malty with caramel finish. Great to have a winter ale not doctored up with spices.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
k9coug (102) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2014
I keep this beer stocked all winter. It exhibits tons of wonderful dark roasty flavors with some sweetness and alcohol. Great winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duaneh (100) - - MAR 7, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with a short head. Spotty lacing. Smell is dry, alcoholic, and with stone fruit and apples. Taste is very dry, and a little sharp with alcohol. Hops are quite strong and bitter. Light mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Awesome nosefeel for a hophead that did’t expect it, great color with a nice yeasty head that ended up lacing nicely. Lots of malt + hops that balance beautifuliy. Hints of coffee and the ABV is hidden niclely. Worth saving a bottle or two for next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Very mild aroma and flavor. Very slight hops and some sweet malt, maybe a little cocolate. Not much else, kind of watery but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours rich mahogany with red highlights. Poured into a Trappist so barely any head formed but a white ring is left to collect around the rim. Aromas of toffee, roasted malts, over ripened fruits, a hint of coffee beans, mocha, and alcohol. Flavor is so malty and absolutely perfect for the season. Rich with toffee, molasses, more mocha, prunes, and roasted malt fading to a nutty malt backbone. Hops appear towards the finish with some hints of brown sugar and caramel malt. Alcohol is present throughout its entirety but never once attempts to overpower the rich malt characteristics of this brew. Medium-Full bodied with a slight twinge of carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking, but rather filling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Draft at Beer Engine ... Dark, almost mahogany, pour with an off white head. No spice, which is not always my idea of a Winter Ale, except for the Celebration Ale. Nutty and sweet, enjoyable but not something I would have more than one of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
A little hoppy, but malts balance out well. Poured well and had a light aroma that was pleasing. Caramel is definitely present; Not bad for an aftertaste; a little alcohol taste after half a botlle. Will drink again!

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