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RATINGS: 1155   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 (7811) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fcjack1 (154) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle from world beers. Pours a dark amber. Scent is a malty spicey one. Taste is malty also. Some spice, cinnamon. Pretty good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of almonds, toffee, crunchie bar, cinnamon spice. Taste is sweet and nutty. Finishes sweet. Interesting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (14288) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2014
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... dark sweet toffee malts ... soft sweet toffee malt ... that caramel tofe malt im not fond of ... soft tofffee malts ... dull malt... not me

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2299) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, nose is sweet, nutty, pumpkin? toffee, taste is sweet, dry toffee, light spice, rich, fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1324) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
12 ounce bottle, a friend gave a bottle of this to me a month or so ago so I assume it’s from this past winter’s batch. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, nuts, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some dark fruit, brown sugar and dark bread flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this, it’s good on a summer day and would probably be good on a winter’s day too!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1313) - - JUN 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-24-12- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance- Poured a deep mahogany-brown color with a small off white head. The head faded fast with very little lacing left behind. Smell – Sweet aromas of dried fruit and molasses mixed with a very light slightly roasty aroma of malt. Taste – Up front there is a malty flavor with a good dose of sweet sugary flavor . These flavors form a base for the rest of the flavors to end and leave from. Right after the initial flavor a slightly nutty flavor comes to the tongue. This leaves soon after it arrives, allowing for roasty notes to come to the tongue. Toward the end the malty roast and sweet flavors mix with some light spice flavors and an ever so light bitterness. While they are slightly bitter they by no means tame the sweeter flavors of the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body is on the above average creamy side with the carbonation on the lower side. Good for the sugary and roasty flavors and higher abv of the beer. Overall – It has some nice flavors and a good blend of sweet and roastiness. A good and drinkable brew but nothing too fantastic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle at home from notes. Pours a dark hazy amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, plums, figs, dates, brown sugar, spices and chocolate. Medium-bodied. This is a nice one to sip on cooler evenings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1394) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Really good come winter, this ale is nice and warming. Pours a nice dark amber color with off-white head. Spice, roasted nuts, and some caramel/toffee notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a sweet toffee note.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (621) - 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 (35) - 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.


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