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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
From the warmth of the holidays through the cold of winter, this full-bodied chestnut brown ale is a robust seasonal offering for all to enjoy. Available Nov-Mar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2002
Looks nice, cloudy deep brown with a slim head. Lots of caramel and oak in the nose. Very malty with hints of chocolate and plenty of smokiness, has some drying hops for balance at the end. Finishes too sweet. Decent, but too thin in the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joet (2547) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2001
Thank God they’ve spared us the spice. Nutty, some carmel and more balanced than the typical, back-heavy bitter Butte beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2001
Clear mahogany. Light vanilla head. Aroma of caramel and buttery yeast. Mellow with a light roastedness and nice chocolate/caramel malt base. Some dry nuttiness as well. Black malt aftertaste. Solid brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 5, 2001
Assertive brown ale, but once again Butte Creek’s distinctive organic fuzzy taste swoops in a ruins it. Can’t stand these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 This should be called a brown porter. It is the most robust brown ale I certainly have experienced. Reminds me of James Squire Porter. Coffee and cream, nutty, vanilla in the taste, buttery bread aroma, but not as smooth as J.S. Deep ruby color and some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2001
Deep brown color with a modest head and fair lace, the body medium and the carbonation moderate. Nose is a toasted grain, the middle slightly sweet, the finish is hop bitter and somewhat dry. Robust yet clean, and quite drinkable, another winner from this most exceptional brewery.

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