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RATINGS: 1148   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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sloth (2401) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Tan head, brown accents. Fades quicklyleaving a little lace.Maalty aroma.Dark brown color with orange highlights, very pleasing to the eyes.Some chocolate malt flavors, sweetish.Medium mouthfeel.Some hop? spicyness.Slight bitterness in the finish.Well balanced brew.Not memorable though.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2010
(12oz bottle). Pours clear mahogany with thin off-white head. Light carbonation. Aroma of wood, candied sugar, nuts. Taste is semi-sweet with quite a bit of roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter and ’hot’. Not a good beer, imo.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Pours brown with creamy off-white head and foamy lacing. Notes of caramel and spruce. Hop taste overpowers malt for a bitter finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Very oxidized. And its off a keg. Oxidation of the nose and on the tongue. Not a good beer. Some sweet caramel, which is its only redeeming quality.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
PhillyCraft (2855) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle on a cold, damp night. Pour is chestnut brown with thick off white head and lacing. Scent was coffee, roasted malts, chocolate bar, and grains. Alittle off in aroma. Taste is mocha, burnt toffee, hops and malts. Lightly carb’d with a medium to fuller body. Reminded me more of a brown ale then a english style. Just ok.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
2mu2ku (20) - - NOV 26, 2012
Not what I expect of a winter beer. Hoppy and no malty flavor. Won’t be purchasing in the future.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
zicksmith (3) - boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013 does not count
Kind of a dong beer, its sweet and dark... yo make up your mind and be a Christmas beer or a winter beer, dont try and be both

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
11-20-07 bottle
Watery thin brown color. Strange smell of funky malt. Gross taste and mouthfeel. Metallic and has a strong alcohol flavor. It has a sweet alcohol aftertaste that somewhat stings the tongue. Difficult to swallow this weak bodied, strong alcohol flavored brew.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kidmartinek (3320) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Pours nicely a deep amber brown color, with little carbonation and not much foam. The aroma is of hops and bitter. The taste is nutty and bitter. Not my favorite.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
k9coug (101) - USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bought this bottle off the bargain shelf at my locale homebrew shop, so don’t know what year it was brewed. It might have been passed its prime. I am surprised by the rating, the alcohol content and the claim of no spicing. Very skeptical that the spiciness was made by malt and hops alone.


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