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RATINGS: 1187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1414) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 I didnít detect much of an aroma upon pouring this beer. The beer itself is a dark red, with a nice head and good lacing. Can detect the alcohol slightly in the finish, but it balances nicely with the malt flavors. This is one that I have cellered some, and will re-rate when I open them up. (Re-rate) There is now a slightly sweet aroma to the beer. Coloration and carbonation appear to be about the same. The beer has seemed to gain more of a roasted flavor. Not bad at all.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - DEC 24, 2014
12oz bottle picked up at Wilburs
Pours clear dark brown/mahogany with a small off-white head, some lacing. Aroma or dark malts, nutty and coffee. Taste of roasted malts, ashy, coffee and molasses
Pretty tasty, Iíd like to get a few and cellar them.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illiniphil (133) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2265) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4491) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Caramelized, sugary malt is the main element here. Pours dark amber with decent head and lacing. Sweet finish and thick consistency - a little syrupy. Tap at Churchkey, 2014 edition. I also tried the 2004 bottle pour at the Churchkey event yesterday and it didnít hold up quite as nicely as the newer one.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chadski4 (131) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Alcohol very present in the flavors. Surpasses a sub-par pour and vegetal aroma. Nice creamy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (544) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a dark reddish-brown with 1 finger just off-white head thatís very resilient. Aromas - chocolate, malt, little caramel and a subtle spice. Taste - malty, chocolate, a little caramel, some spice. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a rich red/brown, with a medium light brown head. Nose is malt and caramel, and the taste is the same, with notes of hazelnut. No spice, which is nice for a change. Finish is smooth. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (178) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Malty sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, with coffee, toffee and ripe stone fruit in the finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a big malty ale. Very, very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (652) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a dark red-brown. A dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Strong dark fruit (prune), malt, and caramel taste. A medium body with a lingering malt taste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
keith0718 (395) - Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Strong and sweet. Leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Flavor is hard to describe. Itís drinkable, but I wonít be seeking it out again.


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