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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6511) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
This poured a darker amber to reddish color with a white head. Aroma was of light spices, caramel and some toffee. Flavor actually hinted at some belgian character, lots of sweetness and light spicess. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6160) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2008
On tap at BrewPub Portland OR, Pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. A nice sweet aroma. tast of nice malt and more sweetness. A little bitter hops on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6135) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Poured a dark copper, purplish color with a small off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus and grassy hoppiness, and some light vanilla as well. Taste of sweet and roasted malts, lots of fruits, and a light bitterness from the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
12 oz bottle, via acertain. Dark copper pour with a minimal fleeting white head, almost clear. Malty nose, slightly sweet with a cinnamon spice complement and light alcohol. Sweet malt up front with a slightly hoppy and spicy finish. Notes of cinnamon and yeast with light alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation yields a slightly sticky and cloying mouthfeel. I don’t especially care for the spice profile of this Christmas seasonal, there just doesn’t seem to be any complexity or depth to the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5837) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Aroma is mint, light pine and fruit. The flavor is caramel, complex fruit, spices, a small hint of vegetables and a tart and dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (5796) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2013
12oz bottle. Murky amber-brown body. Foamy off-white head. Toffee, amber malt tones, some Christmas fruitcake/wassail action. It’s not really a great beer by any mean, but it manages to approximate the style well enough. Rich and malty, a spiced ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Hazy amber pour, with a fizzy head that disappears rather rapidly - mildly oaky nose, with a lot of toffee and treacle sweetness, mild fig, a touch of obviously intentional oxidized character, slightly buttery notes - flavor of semi-dry, biscuity malts up front, followed by light cask-ish notes, moderate toffee, a touch of plum, light chocolate - finish is lightly bitter, with mild buttery notes - quite authentically british - fairly tasty.

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