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RATINGS: 1205   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.


3.2
   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 (874) - 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 (394) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1890) - 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 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Dark red, with a nice thick head that stuck around for a while. Spicy/hoppy aroma. Malty, a little caramel. Not a very strong taste. Not a bad beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 2003 - Dark red with a thick coated head. Smells is a very fresh and robust cherry and wood and alcohol. Creamy and thick with a milk-like texture and some nice dark cherry and charred wood flavors. Really an excellent winter beer with some bourbon flavors coming through towards the end.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2004
Bottle. Very malty and raisiny at first, really sticky varnishy/resiny sort of flavour, heaps of hops and spice towards the end, really concentrated and overly sweet, pretty thick.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 13, 2004
Pretty ruby brown, relatively clear appearance. Head is foamy and fuzzy, like a tan cashmere sweater. Smell is sweet, caramel and cherries, not much else. NIce and strong flavor punch. Roasted, bitter hops, almost astringent, coupled with sweet malt, chocolate, winter spices, earth and a tad of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and roasty. Decent beer, but I don’t know about this 92% rating.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
On tap, dark brown, tan head, aroma of caramel, roasted nuts, and coffee, flavor is less impressive, some malts and caramel but just didnt all come together for me, decent and drinkable but not a favorite


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