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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3718) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 15, 2010
On tap at Eastside Club in Olympia. Pours dark brown with a thin white head that is quickly fleeting. Has a big chocolate malt flavor with a nice licorice backwash. There’s a big chocolate aftertaste that lasts a long time. The palate is only medium and might even be considered a bit harsh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3431) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2005
On tap at the brew pub. Dark brown color with a thin light tan head. Aromas were dark and sweet of wood and caramel. Flavors were rich and woody wth some brown sugar and oak barrels. Not too much hop bitterness and a heavy feel. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aracauna (3402) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Dark ruby brown with white head that disipates quickly. SOme caramel, hay, alcohol, mild hop bite, weird sour fruitiness (prunes) that I’ve smelled in some other beers. Not as big in the taste. Less than impressive and a bit watery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3236) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle: Pours a deep mahogany color with a medium, creamy beige head. Nice lacing too. Nose is malty and dark fruits with citrus. Tastes malty and sweet with bits of caramel and a light woodiness. Warms up nicely. Thanks BuckDich!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This stuff wants me to make a raodie up to WA. For an English Ale, this stuff kicks ass. So malty & floral with a perfect balance of malt. I love these guys.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2003
The color a translucent sanguineous color with the head Herculean in size and creamy in consistency, the color a toothsome light tan with the lace a mile thick atmosphere to save the glass from oxygen deprivation. Nose has a splendid hop floral aroma, under pinned by sweet malt, crisp, clean and fresh, over used I know, well at least as far as I’m concerned. Start is ambrosial, nicely malted and the top fair to middling in its feel, finish benignly acidic, hops out front in their spiciness, dry and lingering aftertaste, a fine example of a hopped up “Winter Warmer”.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2583) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Hazy, nearly opaque brick red. Sticky off-tan foam of large and small bubbles. Unexciting, airy aroma with a mixture of plummy malt, caramel, and subtle, but zesty, medicinal phenols. Mild scents of bubblegum. Loosely fuzzy and stingily spritzy. Harshly alcoholic and fairly tangy with leathery astringency gripping the back of the throat. Progressively less clean with brash phenolic spice that has just begun to develop, which adds more sharpness to the alcohol, and, along with the carbonic spritz, washes away any subtleties that lurk beneath. Overripe plum flavors spoil the finish and compound the astringency as phenolic-laden alcohol and lead shavings run rampant. Even in small amounts, this is tough to stomach. Fragile/infected or just old? I’m guessing the former.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
amber color shines through the fire light at the über tavern in Seattle. Faint white head with a pine and citrus aroma. Lightluly sweet toasted malts are quickly overwhelmed by a strong hop finish

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
This brew pours with a muddy brown body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight caramel note, a touch of alcohol and a little dark fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slight roastiness and a little hops, as well as, a little sourness. Medium bodied, slightly dry and a touch warming.


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