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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pdx77 (1466) - Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2012
From 12 ounce bottle. Much tastier than I remembered. Balanced hoppiness paired with caramel and toffee notes.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1917) - - JAN 25, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a slightly hazy lighter mahogany-brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a sweeter caramel and darker fruit smell of cherry and raisin. Along with these aromas comes notes of caramel and some spice is there as well. Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter dark fruit flavor of cherry and raisin, just as the nose would have suggested. Along with these flavors are some lighter roasted malt tastes, which grow stronger and stronger to the end of the taste. The fruit while heaviest upfront, is later overtaken by a caramel and slightly bready taste. A hint of a boozy rum flavor and some spice flavors develop later in the profile, melding well with the sweeter caramel and fruit to leave a nice warming flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that was rather average. Overall the feel was rather good for the fruit, syrupy and warming tastes of the brew, although just a hint less carbonation may have been slightly better overall. Overall – This was a very tasty brew overall, with a great drinkinability nice light warming feel and just enough spice to balance the sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanuta06 (369) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Serving: from bottle on Horizon Airlines. Aroma: lightly sweet, malty aroma. Appearance: average-sized, frothy, off-white initial head with fair lacing and mostly diminishing longevity. Clear, dark-red body. Taste: lightly sweet initial flavor and lightly sweet, roasty finish with average duration. Palate: medium bodied with oily texture and lively carbonation. Overall:

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4033) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Some hay and subtle toffee notes are coming through for me. Taste is lighter than I expected, with some toasty malts being most salient, and a mildly bitter finish. Not too bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (814) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Opaque medium brown pour, not much head. Carmel malt in the nose with a whiff of alcohol. Sweet. Middle is cola nut, coco, malt. Finish is bittersweet.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2830) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium thick, well retained, tiny bubbled ivory head, with slight lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is light toffee/caramel from the toasted malts, light dried fruits with hints of plum, raisin, no hops....taste is lightly sweet, with toffee/caramel hints, light dried fruits, finishing dry with hints of hop.....mouth feel, light of medium body, slight alcohol, light carbonation. This is a very light and simple example of the style. It need a great deal more in malt complexity and strength in both aroma and flavor. It is not a bad beer, just not a very good English Strong Ale. It really could use more caramel/crystal malts. BJCP 6/3/12/4/6

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - 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 year’s 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."

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TXBadger (1704) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Pours an amber color with off-white head. Caramel malt, butter, and a little spice on the nose: follows onto the palate. Finish lingers and is somewhat dirty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2556) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
12 oz bottle poured clear, red-amber with a very good head. Malty, very lightly spicy (perhaps just from hops). Chocolate by the finish, is quickly joined by a hint of coffee. Aftertaste is dominated by dark roasted malts. O: decent but unexceptional brown ale.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevinator (1142) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Decent beer. Malty aroma with some roasted essence. Woody brown color with a normal head. English maltiness with a subdued hops presence. Some roasted and caramel notes. Decent weight with some smoothness. Easy to drink and filling. Good for the season.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Absteinmetz (4) - - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
Was ok................................................ via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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