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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (9632) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle @ DØE tasting. Pours hazy dark amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, oak, oxidation, little winelike. Flavor is malt, oak, oxidation, coconuts, chocolate, fruits. Medium body, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol. 170713

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9550) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Mini growler from Half-Time. Pours a clear red brown with a hefty light tan head. Lots of malt, caramel, toffee, and toast on the nose. Medium bodied and a little sweet, with hints of cereal grains. Nice warming malt finish with just a touch of hoppy bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
2009-04-10. Very dark brown body with a nice foamy tan head that fades. (3+) Sweet fruit aroma, mild alcoholic undertones, touch of spice? (7+) Flavour is similar, light spice, malt core is a bit mild, touch of oxidation? Light note of raisins or dark fruit in the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate. Decent. Bottle shared by GregClow

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9504) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Big thanks to npdemse for this. Pours a wonderful deep shade of ruby with a big, light tan head. Aroma of malt, nutmeg, slight port, toffee. Great complex taste that presented some nuts, toffee, chocolate, cinnamon with a semi-dry finish. Firm palate with a nice balance. This one is a winner.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9472) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Draught at the brewery, on October 15, 2012
Clear copper color, tan head. Sweet, malty, roasted, hints of pop-corn, light fruity taste. Dry, bitter, grainy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high dry bitterness. Sweet, malty, roasted scent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9428) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"pretty much a textbook winter warmer. pleasant flavor, good alcohol presence without being overbearing. better at 50 degrees or more. no need for spices like so many other holiday brews. malty, nutty. simple yet refined."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9298) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle. Clear mahogany pour with a fluffy off white head. Aroma and taste of nuts, caramel, and dark fruit. Slightly hoppy. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
Another gift from the bartender at Barcade… I love this place. Dark amber beer with a thick off-white head. Aroma is a bit salty and herbal with intense oaky character throughout. Herbal dill-like character that reminds me of the barrel-aged Leviathan. Flavour shows saltiness and sweet caramelly malt. Strong alcoholic flavour and a bit of tartness on the back. A bit of vanilla and caramel along with some herbal hoppiness. Strong and sweet but not terribly malty. Not really a fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Very dark chestnut with red shine. Slight, light-brown head. Nose of grapes, raisins, vineous and hops. With warming up, there follows a smell of kaffirlime (peel, as in Thai cuisine). Taste are grapes, tobacco, some bitter chocolate,and lots of hops, but well balanced with dark malts. Very chewy mouthfeel. Retronasal gives nice tobacco-and-hops, long, but after a quite long time, a new impression of sweet chocolate emerges. What impresses me most in this beer is its very succeeded balance.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle from 2010. Pours deep reddish brown with very creamy tan head, aroma is full of raisin, toffee, figs, some spice, touch of cocoa, very complex and layered. Taste is just as delicious with notes of bitter aged hops, some toffee, dark fruit and spice notes intermingle and lead into slight chocolate, finished with lots of deep toffee, molasses, and bitter.


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