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RATINGS: 1158   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9607) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2006
bright and clear reddish-brown colour with a little foam; aroma of caramel and hazelnut, notes of fir needles, slightly roasted; sweet and full-bodied, very tasty, late but robust bitterness before a dry caramelish, woody and malty finish - a big very impressive beer; big thanks to fiulijn

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9407) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (9252) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Tasted on tap at the brewery in Boulder. Dark red/orange appearance with a light head. Sweet alcoholic aroma. Pretty intense English Strong Ale flavor at first. Somewhat malty body that’s slick in mouthfeel like an Old Ale or a Barleywine. Definitely alcoholic flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 This beer mega-macadoscious rocks!!! The aroma is of rich malt, dark fruits and chocolate. A crystal clear, deep mohogany color. Handsome. God, I'm a geek. I just called a beer handsome... and it's not the first time. The flavor is to die for. Malty and slightly sweet up front. Well-balanced with a whisper of tartness and bitterness on the backside. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Medium-length, slightly acidic, mostly dry finish. Incredible beer! English Strong Ale? Ehhh!!! I'm not the categorizing expert that those who run the site and brew the beer are, but this brew reminded me of a Belgian Dubbel. Whatever. Drink one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle. Dark amber/brownish color. Smallish white head. Nice full malt bill on the nose with some spices, fruit and toffee. Flavor is very nice. Full flavor with some fruit, rich malts and some nice background hops that get you in the end. This is well done indeed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2009
From the Bottle at TAG Restaurant, Denver 22/09/2009 Fruit and malt aroma. Amber coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a little roast flavour in a crisp and bitter warming chocolate malt finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Hmmm, have not rated this one yet! Poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Dark fruits, caramel, some nutiness, and some spices.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Georgious dark and auburn colours, lasting head. Moderate spicey aroma. Intense taste, well carbonated. Well to drink with spicey food. Good malts throughout to balance out the flavour, and noticeable hops. Dry finish. Citrus and cherry and vegetable aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear reddish brown color with an expansive, creamy, foamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Taste is slightly roasty and nutty malt notes with caramel, toffee and spicy hops. Texture is creamy, smooth and slightly cheesy. Medium-full bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8593) - , 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


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