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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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A true Winter Warmer made in homage of the season: Full-bodied and rich, deep amber in color, crowned with a creamy head, and finished with a mild bitter flush.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
GABF 05. The lady who served this to me was a hottie. Meeeeooooow! Pours brown with little head and an aroma of spicy malt. A nice malt flavor with a sour finish. Coating palate. Nice brew from a nice brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Deep clear red in color with a creay head. I was lucky enough to have this wonderfu brew on tap. Has an expresso after thought that makes this complex beer begging you to drink more of it. I enjoyed this so much that I bought a growler to take back with me, but it did survive being left alone in a hotel room with me and an empty pint glass. Very nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Bottle Conditioned - Surprising good winter ale. Pours a burnt ruby read. Great head, great lacing. I probably drank it a few degrees too cold. So I started off good, and got better. Taste is somewhat complex. bittersweet chocolate, leather, peach, and maybe a few tiny notes of cherry. a perfect mix of not being overbaring, but not being boring either. Lots of different tastes going on, but none of them overpower your tasebuds. It had more carbonation than I expected, but still maintained a good palet. Good Brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Bottled and enjoyed in my Ratebeer tulip:

Poured a rich ruddy brown hue with a mostly fading frothy head and did leave behind some lacing, some small floaties. The aroma has notes of caramel and chocolate malting, boyenberry and pear, floral hops, and aromatic pipe tobacco. The taste was a bit surprising but in a good way with the initial sweet and mocha flavor followed by a hit of acidic fruit and piney bitter. I expected it to be more traditional after the nose. A hint of sweet spice and earthiness appears on the finish. The feel is smooth yet not boring, could still be a bit heavier considering what it suppose to be. All in all, I was digging this beer more than I would have thought. It is not really a holiday offering or an English Strong for that matter, but solid and quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Thanks to Darkelf for the sample. Rootbeer brown and clear with a thick head. Medium to light bodied and slightly watery. Aroma of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, dough, and faint hops. Chocolate in the flavor as well aslight hops and roasted malt. Overall not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head that fades. Aroma is apple and pair, a mild spice. Flavor is interesting , coheasive and of bittersweet chocolate, leather, pear, and a slight biscuit. The palate light to medium but slightly velvety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
Dark red/brown, sizzling tan head. Sweet nose with cherry notes. Lightly flavored with sweet fruity tones, decent bitterness, and slight roastiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
Sweet and Fruity is definatly a great way to describe this ale. It smells like peaches, and the taste continues the peachy trend. This is one of my first ales from Bridgeport and I was fairly impressed. Nothing too exciting, but its definatly a great beer to sit around a fire and relax with! What a pleasure!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 10, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Sweet, fruity (peaches!), floral and lightly perfumy suggests to me that a nice fruit beer is coming my way. Except that this is supposed to be a winter beer! I swear it smells just like peach Jello. Theres hardly any malt or hops, and no roast at all, just peach Jello. With my expectations now diministed, Im prepared for mediocrity. Well, its not a fruit beer, of course, but its pretty light for a winter. Lightly roasted malts, moderate sweetness, some spiciness and floral hops are the focal points here. The beer shows a nice balance, but the flavor leaves me wanting and the palate is somewhat thin and watery. The color is a ruddy brown, fairly dark, but not quite mahogany. Large tan head shows excellent retention, taking many minutes to settle down to even a quarter inch in height. The intricate lace pattern looks like it was dabbed on with a sponge, if you know what I mean. Other than being a pretty beer, this is just passable for a dark winter seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
nice little whitman sampler chocolate cherry soda here, a nice warming tumbler colored like burnt cedar red and beaver-tooth yellow. the head is a tortilla thin plain beige, but a beige way more charming than the conservative tan blah of houses in the american suburbs. nose suggests a cherry coke poured into cup of coffee with a twist of orange, plus fruit cake gelled citrus, hard candies, a bit of cinnamon roll. sweet, with dark ginger and raisin cake malts, a lively spritz of carbonation, given to softening with a little patience. the bitterness insists on not being overlooked, it has citrus oils seemingly giving it uumph. medium and pleasant, ol ebenezer scrouge likely lightened up a bit after a couple pints of this-- i know i did.

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