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RATINGS: 1225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
Bottle. Clear deep reddish/brown - offwhite head. Malty, roasted, sweet, ryebread, nuts, caramel, hoppy, complex.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2007
Dark brown-amber colour. Toffee & dark fruits on the nose with hints of alcohol. Toasty, breadcrusty earthy strong ale with an overriding hop character.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (14616) - DENMARK - JAN 29, 2010
12 oz bottle. Park reddish body with very small off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, dark fruit and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle . Dark brown colour with a beige head. Hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel and hoppy flavour. Light roasted caramel and bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13732) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Aroma of toffee and nut. Beautiful garnet color with an off-white head that laced while collapsing. Thin to medium body with mild carbonation. The flavor is dark caramel with bread and citrus. The flavor is fairly dry considering the maltiness, with mild bitter and hints of coffee. Very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (13493) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Reddish brown pour in glass. Nose and taste is nuts, toffee, some chocolates, malts and resin. Rated 2/11/03

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bottle. Dark reddish\brown hue with medium off-white head. Good complex aroma of roasted malt, sweet and small alcohol. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Complex flavor of coffee, hops and roasted malt with the same small alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13051) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 OK, I may have had a few beers at EBF2008, but by 11pm I actually quite enjoyed this, so notched it up a few points.
Rerate of (5-4-7-2-11=2.9)
355ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
Sweet and beerlike. Malty with vegetable tinge. Sticky malt/hop combo, not very sophisticated.
Rerate of (5-4-7-2-11=2.9):
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki , American Week 2007).
Looks great, dark creamy head on dark red body. Smells sweet and sticky, some dried fruits maybe. I was unprepared for the taste - it’s huge. Very unsophisticated, and unbalanced. Even the unsubtle explosion of malt and hop tastes fails to cover the strong alcohol taste. Yet another US charicature of a UK style not done very well. Didn’t leave any though, so not that bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (12931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle, pours dark amber. Aroma of English malts and sweet dried fruits. The flavour reveals much more complexity, with the aforementioned English malts and sweet dried fruits, along with prominent wood and hazelnut. A little cloying in sweetness, but this is a great winter warmer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12928) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Clear mahogany body wuth small beige head. Aroma is caramel, malty, slightly sweet and slightly roasty. Flavor is chocolate with nice coffee bitterness. Finish is a bit roasty, and a bit cloying. Medium body. Tasty, but nothing special.


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