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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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 12, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Toasted, caramelized malt flavors are inherently spiced by a rye-like character, while potent wooden hops contribute as much flavor as bitterness in this complex, compelling sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the cloudy mahogany.
-The spicy character seems to come from grain bill and hops. It even develops a marzipan-like personality at times.
-Fruit cake allusions also appear.
-The rich body is rounded out by alcohol warmth.
-The flavor profile is harmonious throughout.
-The finish is balanced.

Bottle.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (529) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2014
Poured a clear brown with a cream top. Taste of toffee, malty and nutty. Medium carbonation, medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swamp_Thing (27) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
At 6.99/six pack at Total Wine this may be the best value beer I have ever tried. Bold hoppy upfront and throughout but well balanced with malt flavors of toasted toffee that linger for ever on the tongue, remarkable. I’ll be buying by the case from now on.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolfunnj (310) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
aroma is sweet malty with some resiny hop presence to balance..thin off white head,sparse lacing deep brown clear liquid with some cloudiness..sweet in a fruity caramel sort of way but not overdoing it theres tingly hops to balance..med-full bodied,tingly and plentiful carbonation..overall I tried this just as a nite cap as a single bottle ill be picking up the 4 or 6 pack before winter ends well done

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Draft sampler at The BeerHive in Pittsburgh. A nutty taste throughout with hints of spice. A nice winter warmer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Pour is deep ruby red, transparent, with a tan head and fair bit of lacing. Nose is salty and meaty. A bit of berry and malt sweetness, slightly oxidized in back. Taste is more sweet, tinge of alcohol, faint herbal hop. Seems a hint sugary with some brown sugar and caramel lingering. Medium body, soft carbonation, a hint slick.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tschof (54) - - FEB 18, 2014
Great winter seasonal beer. Rare find in NJ. Pour from 12 ounce bottle to a pint. Pour very dark amber with thin white head. Malty and boozy but in a good way. Enjoy if Troeg Mad Elf is out of stock

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (188) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap. S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola. T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons. O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isn’t a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat. Serving type: bottle

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (422) - - FEB 1, 2014
On draught somewhere. No real memory of the beer other than a rating. Must have been decent?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (482) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Ugly dark amber with sediment. Toffee and candy notes. Tastes like a barley wine.

-- rated with beerbasher

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1090) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Garnet with tons of white floaties. Caramel and wet wood aromas. Sweet, candi and berries.


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