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RATINGS: 1209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Good solid ale but not something I would insist on buying or drinking again. Gentle hop aroma with similiar taste. Balanced malt that is almost unnoticable and just enough hops to taste them but not overpowering or bold. Smooth balanced solid ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (23768) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2005
Bottled. Clear red coloured with a medium sized off white head. Sweet aroma with notes of fruits and spices with flowery notes. Sweet fruity flavour with notes of mlats and caramel. Hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Draught. Brown appearance, with a lasting off-white head. Hoppy nose, with citrus and some malt. Flavor is very hoppy, and a little roasty in finish. Grass in aftertaste. Could be a nice beer, but the hopwreck kind of kills all of the other flavors that are supposed to be there.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheCaptMatey (188) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Poured a dark red to brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is quite malty with dark fruits and caramel/ coffee notes. Flavor is a sweet malt mixture of nuts and dark fruits with a bit of hop bitterness. Not much of coffee in flavor, but enjoyable none the less.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2681) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Slight roasted and nutty aromas. Malty, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel flavors. Alright

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illiniphil (139) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Excellent Christmas Ale. Dark roasted malts with a balance of hops. Definately a buy again Christmas Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7439) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
355 ml bottle. Enjoyed at Los Angeles, CA. Pours a dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuttiness and wood. Flavour of sweet maltiness, syrup, bread, mild spiciness and mild graininess. Full bodied. Alcohol warms. Sweet and spicy. No complexity.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1517) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2002
something bitter in the aroma that i just didnt care for, but the taste made up for it...for me, the taste of cold coffee was overwhelmingly obvious in the finish

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
This beer was sampled thanks to the kind heart of beerguy101. This one poured a cranberry/cherry color with a slight head with patchy bubbles...the color a slight hint of tan. The aroma effervesced cranberries and orange peel with big smacks of maple syrup. Canada would be pissed if they knew how much maple syrup aroma went into the making of this. There's also a hint of tea leaves in the aroma. The taste smacks of a few spices, something on the order of ginger, and a heavy dose of oranges and lemons. Some hints of sweetening malty qualities come in near the end, but not enough to truly make an impact. Something was left to be desired, but still enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with slight alcohol esters and a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet and malty with a slight roastiness, a touch of caramel and very slight alcohol notes. Full bodied and smooth.


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