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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Reddish Brown, thin brown head. Smells of Licorace and Malt. Flavors of licorace, nutmeg, cherry pie, and gingerbread, plus some woodsy hoppiness. Crisp, dry finish. Tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Draft @ St. Augustines. Reddish dark brown. Malty sweet aroma. Smells boozy. Spices, mostly nutmeg, are subtle and dry our the malts nicely. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5120) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Tap - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Dark malts with a light spices and hops. Rich and smooth
Appearance – Dark brown, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor – Nice deep malts with some great flavors. This was a great beer. Some bitter hops and spices
Palate – Smoth and silky this was a great winter ale
Overall –I really liked this beer it was a true festival of the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5043) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4962) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with a 2 finger off-white head that retains well and leaves a nice lattice on the glass. Aromas are roasted barley, chocolate, caramel and spices (possibly allspice) with hints of citrus. Taste is roasted barley and citrus bitterness with chocolate and caramel malt sweetness and a pleasing spiciness in the finish. A really enjoyable winter ale that is quite strong on the palate, but still rather easy to drink. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4249) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2004
A well balanced body of chocolate, fig, toffee along with some soft caramel notes and a mildly hoppy finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a somewhat large tan head on there. Nose seem to have a mix of stale grass and toasted malts to it. Taste is slightly bitter and has a bite to it, but taste a little stale to me. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3606) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2002
Light fruit malt nose. Toasted malt flavor with medium finish. The alcohol heat rather spoils the beer in this case I feel

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