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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6260) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle pours brownish tinted amber, heavy on the brown, slightly hazy, monsterous tannish hued foamy head, with excellent lacing.   Hop bitterness, roasted malts, and carob on the nose.   Smells interesting enough.   Taste is malty, biscuity, fairly sweet, with a soft hop background.   Enjoyable body, with a medium mouthfeel.   Lingering hop bitterness on the finish.   Not bad!


1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6183) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), with notes of cinnamon, DMS, plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Obvious problems in the aroma, sour finish, another scary sample from BB.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
22. Dark mahogany with a thick, creamy tan head that falls quickly away to a little float of sudsy film and a thick web of lace around the glass. Somewhat sour, sweaty aroma with dark sugars afloat.. Medium body with some present carb. Lots of brown bread, black bread, leaves, and caramel on the mid-palate. Some booze bites near the finish, along with some spicy hops. Not quite as good as I remembered it...not unpleasant, but rawer and rougher.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5792) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Garnet color with a light tan head. Toffee sweet malt smell. Light - medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth texture. Nicely balanced taste of sweet toffee, bitter coffee. Finishes with a medium bitter alcohol tang. A pretty tasty winter time brew from the great northwest. Dec 2004

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5650) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle from after4ever. Thanks Tom. This one has a nice malty aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, chocolate, toffee, caramel, a touch of spicy hops. Pours a great dark brown tone with wonderful deep red hues and a meringue khaki head that never leaves. The flavor has more notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, some sugary sweetness, light roast in the back end with a moderately dry hop bitterness. Creamy drinking with it’s light carbonation, and a touch of warming alcohol. This was pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5535) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle: Dark mahogany color with a light sturdy crown of head and a creeping ring of lacing. The nose is fairly hoppy with a spicy herbal hop note, and a burly chewy caramel malt note that follows it up. Nice raisin and toffee notes along with the moderate alcohol and ample hop nose. Bitter hoppy tail, it’s almost enough to take away from the malty body, but it’s still there. I would prefer this without the dry hops actually, but it’s still the end of summer, we’ll see what this is like in the dead of winter once Cabin Fever sets in.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
GABF 2006. Mahogany with sweet malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is malty, some light alcohol, caramel, and citric fruitiness. Body is medium with some light sticky notes and mild carbonation. Ends with more up front hop notes, light caramel, and creamy malts.


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