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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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A pleasingly warming beer with it's amber hue showing off it's rich malt heritage. Mildly bittered with a smooth hop flavor complementing the malt. Winter Skal makes a person welcome the onslaught of the cold. Available November through January.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1281) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Nice heady malt aroma. Good clear appearance slight head. Very nice malty taste. Good mouthfeel. Nice flavor. Great finish. A wonderful winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Vienna-like maltiness with a slight, peppery hop finish. Beautiful head, dull amber color. Nice warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Perfumy, heavy hop aroma. Small, off-white, mostly diminishing head with fair lacing. Hazy, sparkling, amber body. Moderately bitter, features notes of peat reminiscent of those in Shiner’s Winter Ale. Mellows a bit as it warms. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Bottled. Appearance is the best thing about this, lovely red with a lasting creamy head. Kind of weak smoky/peaty aroma; flavor also on the dim side, earthy with a hint of maple, little hops, smooth quick finish. Not terrible, but not up to Capital’s standards.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Bottle. Copper red color with a diminished head. Dark burnt malt aroma and flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Deep chestnut brown W/ ruby hues, (sound familiar?)decent off white head, poor retention. Sweet fruity nose with some spices too! good complex aroma. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with drawn out finish. Spicy notes kind of creep up out of nowhere. Balanced very well. One of Capitol's best bottled brews.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Interesting, moderately malty and hoppy aroma. Has a touch of spice to it, but is otherwise standard and kinda dull.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Another good one from capital. I am not real sure yet how it qualifies as a winter brew but it was refreshing. Well balanced between the hops and the malt. Good "session" beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
A deceptivly pale beer for the malty punch that it packs. Like allmost everything Capital makes it is brewed very well and speaks of good quality ingredients and techniques. Light caramel and a good alcohol punch make it a fine winter beer, but it is somwhat lager like and I am not sure if the English Strong Ale catagory is a good standard to judge this fine beer by.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Orange color and decent head. Good carbination. Very faint aroma. Caramel taste. The alcohol isn’t hidden very well here.


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