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RATINGS: 404   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Bottle pours dark cherry, light brown hues, medium sized of-white foamy head, fairly nice lacing, with light carbonation.   Aroma of evergreen trees and slightly burnt spices.   Malty up front, slight sweetness in the background, with a biscuity punch.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly tame.   Finishes rather quick, bland, with only notes of unsweetened cherries and biscuity malts.   Boring...


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6264) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 2007 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with light notes of dried mango, black tea, and cinnamon. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Itís quite watery, but the aroma and balance are both good, and itís cleanly executed.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6173) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
This is a nice clean straight ahead ale. I wouldnít really even rate it as an English strong--itís not very rich or complex, and itís fairly thin for that style. All that said, itís tasty and very drinkable. It pours dark amber with a big three-finger tan head that dissipates. The attack is tart, even a bit to the cherry. Very little finish. Compare it even to some of the more adventurous ambers and it comes up a little tame--hard to knock such an agreeable beer though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6087) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle, dark red amber, thin foam ring with aroma of fruity malts, flavor of prune and fruit with caramel finish

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"man, i;d had this a couple times in years past and liked the malty, subtley spiced goodness...this yearís was overwhelmingly boring. no aroma, little body, little taste. what the hell is going on here? older versions at least a 3.4. currently a 2.4 at best."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5870) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 9, 2008
Brilliant garnet color with a frothy head. Interesting aroma of perfumy hops and dry malts. medium body. A good taste is big on earthy, dusty malts with a touch of sweetness. Good stuff. Enjoyed this one on Nov-9-2007.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Itís because of those bison fingers. - . I do not have bison fingers! .. .
bought in a BYO sixer at the shitty Royal Liquors in Kansas City, and the glue sniffer cashier gave me a 50% discount, well, not on purpose, he was to stoned to notice that i had six clearly different bottles in one of there offered holders..
oh well, when over 85% of your beer stock is dusty and/or has black sediment in it, you deserved it buttheads.. .. .
..Pours a dark tawny brown, decent low head, some lacing .. . some light maple, very light brandy, a touch of heavy grandma cookie, light raisin, and a bit of brandy soaked 50 year old wood .. . not much of a disguise .. . fairly simple, the 6.4 seems to work quite well .. .
snortski .. . .. . not exactly thin, but an ok mouth .. . for being at least 8 months, maybe even double its pretty good.. . not a xmas beer or even a mild winter warmer, you know, if this was there fall beer- it might work a bit better, but that being said, a pretty nice little brewski but it lacks any depth .. .
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. . So all I gotta do is, Iíll ask them some big shot, like math or science, history-type college question and that will totally stump them by knowing a lot more about the answer than they do.

.-...In that movie, Matt Damon played a genius janitor, youíre just a janitor.

.-...Right, you stumped me with that one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Pours a nice dark mahagony color with a thin head. The aroma is fruity with hints of brown sugar and perhaps a little roast. A initial bitterness is followed by a sweet toffee like malt flavor. Accompanying the toffee sweetness are notes of bitter fruit, chocolate, and a little roast. Smooth, full bodied with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2003
A nice attempt at a winter ale, but had a poor musky aftertaste that was unsettling for me.


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