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RATINGS: 403   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Generous head, with large-ish white bubbles that laces down nicely. Found no dregs in this "bottle conditioned" ale. Deep amber color. Malt notes in the aroma. Nice, smooth palate, with a sweetish tendency, but the bitterness in the aftertaste balances this OK. A bit too bubbly maybe. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - DEC 1, 2003
A very nice malty flavor. The color had a nice red hue. A nice medium to full body. While it was a little syrupy it was very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2003
2003 bottle-hmm, looks like my buddy squidget and I see eye to eye on this brew. pours a deep red with nice off white head. very sweet aroma. palate consists of lots of fruit-green apples, grapes, plums, and some nutmeg. somewhat light body, but i am not marking it down because it goes well with the flavors in this brew. Finish was abrupt, which was somewhat disapointing. that may be due to the light palate. overall, a very solid holiday offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2003
A very clear amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is brown with a tan head. Aroma notes of raisin, rum, perhaps some cherry, definitely malty and an ale. Lightly sweet in the front, there are notes and hints of chocolate, raisins, and other dark fruits. A bit over carbonated for a beer that should be served at cellar temperatures, though a quick swirling of my glass takes care of this deficiency. A smooth cream soda type of feel & taste to this beer. Evokes memories of vanilla. Curiously this bottle conditioned ale has the least amount of sediment (barely a faint ring at the bottom) I have ever seen in a bottle conditioned "real" ale. Definitely a nice beer to be sipping on a cold fall night.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2003
a nicve heady winter brew to warm the bones on these uniquly cold valley nights..its nice and english witha a sickly sweet amber tatse and clour that makes for a nice brew cheers

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 The pour is ruby amber with an average off white head. Nose is light with hints of caramel and spice. Flavor lightly sweet with a hint of burnt caramel followed by some light hop spice and a dry lightly bitter aftertaste. Palate is kinda thin, but this is a tasty English Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Aroma is dominated by spicey, sprucey English hops. There are some fruity esters in there, and just a hint of malt as well. Ruby-amber in color, good clarity, with a wisp of white head (bonus point for the cool bottle). Piney, grassy hops in the flavor with just enough malt to support. Slightly bitter overall. Medium-full in body. Great example of a classic English-style winter warmer - basically a bigger ESB.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Ruby color with nice big and creamy matte white head. Excellent lacing and lazy carbonation. Smells kinda bitter and floral. Flavor is malty with some bitterness. Body is slightly watery.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Big soft fluffy white head, A faint nutty malt, citrus aroma. A hoppy bite in the intitial taste. Medium bodied for a winter warmer. A tart bitter aftertaste. A fair seasonal.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Kind of thin and light for an english strong ale. Dark Amber/brown with a khaki head. Alcohol is present in the flavor and the aroma. Slightly nutty malt taste. Good but nothing spectacular.


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