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RATINGS: 1154   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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a dark chocolate maple syrup. Smoked aroma with malt. Very smooth, small hint of alcohol. Great taste of smoked caramel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
12 oz. glass bottle- color of brownish red, with a tan colored head - nose of hops, dried vegetation, and red cherries – taste of hops, sweet, lime zest, alcohol, and syrup- body is medium, and robust , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of red fruit, citrus zest, and hops

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Haslinger (864) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 I wasn’t hugely impressed by this one. Not bad by any means but probably wouldn’t buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uhclem (360) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a rich mahogany with a substantial head and great lacing. Pleasant aroma of toffee with a hint of burnt caramel. Taste is a complexity of molasses and apricots. The hazelnut flavor surfaces at the very end. Nice, silky mouthfeel. Finish is a little too bitter, and the alcohol raises its ugly head right at the end.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008
dark brown with reddish highlights, thick tan head. malty fruit in the nose. fruit in the flavor mixed with chocolate and a bit of evergreen bitterness. finishes bitter. a likeable brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Poured a deep copper with a creamy beige head that lingered for several minutes. Big hops on the nose with undertones of caramel or choclolate. Hops almost overpower the malt in the mouth, but the slightly sweet malty finish saved it for me.... Later.... the malts seem to be asserting themselves more against the hops as the beer warms in the glass.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomat (1990) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2008
Amber with a thick tan head. Fruity and sour notes. Citrus, bitterness and a touch of stable. High carbonation. Medium to full body with a bittersweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Draft 4 oz. Beer Flight at Old Chicago in Peoria, IL. Dark amber color. Roasty chocolate comes out as it warms. You can really taste the alcohol here.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1771) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2002
A very inviting dark-brown in color, however it lost a point for having NO head at all. Aroma was of damp coffee grounds ... kind of peculiar. Flavor was also very coffee-like, and very rich. This is one heck of a thick ale!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 2011 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark orange-brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not much happening in the nose, but it’s pleasant enough...some vitamin B odor is undesirable but mild. Very sweet but just balanced enough to be drinkable. Good mouthfeel. Overall ok.


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