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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A strong ale or "Winter Warmer" with dark red-brown color and a very rich malty flavor. Dry-hopped lightly with Cascades for a pleasant aroma and slightly spicy hop finish. This big beer is deceptively strong, yet tastes very smooth thanks to extra long cold conditioning.Original Gravity: 1.072

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1316) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2010
22 oz. bottle from a local wine shop, out of all places. Nice fluffy off-white head. Slightly hazy with a dark copper brown color. I’m not seeing anything wrong with this beer. There is a strong presence of yeast in the aroma. Slightly spicy banana, raisin, and booze aroma. This is much fruitier than I expected, but it has some great aromas. A lot more nuttiness comes through when I taste the beer. The aforementioned booze flavor, yeast, and raisin come through subtly. Wow, other than the somewhat astringent booze flavor, this beer is quite good. The texture is almost silky. Job well done from a Northern brewer. I’ll have to pay them a visit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (10042) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
Sampled on tap at Boundary Bay Brewpub, pours dark amber. Aroma of caramel malts, X-mas spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.) and vanilla. Flavour of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and light fruits. A slightly thin palate. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5042) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
bottle thanks to americanbrew. deep brown with a cream head. nose is caramel malts, yeast, fruits, and vanilla. nice on the palate, flavor is fruits, yeast, caramel, and a light vanilla finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
pours a semi-cloudy dark brown with a red tint, a very small tan head, and good lacing. smell is faint, some spice, some malt, and a touch of caramel. taste is thick, nutty, spice, toffee, peanut butter in the back, and malt, ends on the oily side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12353) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 28, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of AmEricanbrew) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, light pine, roasted malt, and earth. Flavor of cherry, caramel, noticeable oxidation, and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong brown sugar with caramel and toffee. The flavor is very sweet brown sugar along with some raisins and oak. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
(22oz bottle thanks to AmEricanbrew) clear brown with light tan bubbles. Nose of butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, toast, caramel, vanilla with a slick creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1043) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2010
aroma a spice or two, caramel, plum, resiny hops. taste wood smoke, brown sugar, that spice or two, nice hop bite. alcohol on the exhale, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to americanbrew. Pours with a hazy brown-amber body and an off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, dates, a bit of age, molasses, and raisins. Taste is raisins, oak, currant and burnt caramel. Taste is big, large and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottled. Red brown pour with a big, persistent beige head, leaves a lot of lacing. Smells malty and bready, dank earth, a little nutty. Drinks a bit like their scotch ale, malty and bready, some caramel and toastiness, but has more of a hop bite to it. Finishes a bit earthy and spicy. I liked this, but it seemed like it could be way more awesome.

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