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RATINGS: 1212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2396) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Coffee-like roast aroma. Brown complexion. Incredible chocolate meets brown ale flavors and excellent bitter hop finish. Notes: Brewery visit during ’09 GABF

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
badpuppy69 (301) - orange, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy brown with minimal head that dissipated fairly fast. Aroma is black liquorice toffee and cinnamon dark fruits. Taste follows the aroma with a slight molasses note. Very smooth but a bit of booze coming thru.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Hazy mahogany pour with pretty big tan foamy head almost pillow like. Aroma of toffee and caramel with a sugary scent to it. Flavor of some plum and mostly caramel. Had some nutty character as well. Sweet finish good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (3474) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
On tap at the brewery on the 2015 launch day, wearing my ugliest sweater... Deep dark brown with a thin lacing head, aromas of toffee and apple (not quite toffee-apple though!). Dry-sweet and lightly toasty. Demerara and hints of umami and cola.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (5395) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
355ml bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of caramely malts, toffee, syrup and sugary sweetness. Taste is sweet, malty and syrupy with some toffee. Finish is sweet, heavy and warming with loads of syrup, toffee and caramel. Too sweet and messy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7621) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
355 ml bottle. Enjoyed at Los Angeles, CA. Pours a dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuttiness and wood. Flavour of sweet maltiness, syrup, bread, mild spiciness and mild graininess. Full bodied. Alcohol warms. Sweet and spicy. No complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8197) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
355 ml bottle @ hotel room, Los Angeles.
Pours dark mahogany color with a small head. Woody and toffee-dominant aroma and resin. Flavor irs sweet with toffee and caramel, ripe fruits and mild spice notes. A bit sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
35,5 cl bottle @ hotel room, Los Angeles. Aroma ihas sweet malt, nuts and toffee. Flavour has nuts, sweet malt, licorice, toffee and some hoppiness. Also sugary sweetness. Too sweet but somewhat drinkable anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Notes from Churchkey Avery Cellar event. 2014 draft and 2004 bottle. Dark amber with small white head. Caramel malt, sweet candy, bread, hint of cocoa. 10 years on is much more subdued and mild, with the taste too mellowed for me. Prefer the new, and quite like it at that.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
Absolutely beautiful color. Thin foam layer which leaves small islands of foam after a short time. The aroma is incredibly delicate black currant, lots of other soft fruits and some smoke and a little mocha. The taste is almost as heavy as the aroma might indicate, but it has a nice sweetness of berries, distinct mocha and slightly nutty flavor that together with smoked malt gives the unique fullness and very different composition than expected. Hard Roasted malt is the back of the taste spectrum. It has clearly port tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2015
12oz bottle from Lucky’s in Clintonville. Shocked I hadn’t rated this. Burnt brown orange pour. Aroma of muted sweet malt, grassy. Tastes are creamy sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar - which is usually all bad news for me - but this is well balanced and not overly sweet. Cola vibe. Easy drinking and covers the alcohol well. Good brew.

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