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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed with our German ale yeast, lightly toasted malts and enhanced with a blend of winter spices this beer should do the trick. Malty, rich, and a touch spicy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Pours a rich amber color, with a malty spice blend in flavor. It was an enjoyable winter ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1224) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
bottled - very nice reddish amber color. Pretty good slightly sweet flavor (but not over the top). Malt and slight spice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5969) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-caramel color with a huge fluffy orange-white head taht lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was art and crisp fruit - raisin, cherry and pear. The flavor was sour caramel, tobacco, pear, a bit of fig, vague spices, yeast and an underlying bitterness. Medium length finish. Medium body. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2015
On tap at the yard house. Hazy brown. Thick head that lingers. Malty nose. Smooth with notes of Carmel ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
berkshirejohn (5513) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2015
12oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca. A hazy copper colour with a trace of translucent head; malty dunkel-style aroma; lively malty taste with some light spices; giving a slight warmth at the end, but otherwise a very average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1370) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2015
This is about as average as it gets all around. Decent copper pour w/ a head that leaves lacing. The aroma has some mild winter spices. The taste is pretty clean & balanced w/ not a lot standing out. Good mouthfeel & overall a simple & drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5369) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Nose is very malty, toasty Vienna character with a few darker touches, some toffee and lots of spice and earth. Touch buttery, some chocolate and peanut brittle-like caramel. Very inviting appetizer, sort of a small Doppelbock using hybrid yeast. Hazy amber-brown with fizz and a tan head. Taste very malty, spicy with floral and light berry notes. Again, toast, caramel, and earth, and all blending together nicely. The winter character of the spices is not in touch, a mild stroke of sort of juniper-spruce, but beyond there there’s some background flavor that would fit in very nicely in pumpkin season (gather up the usual suspects). No alcohol, full and very heavy body, and the aftertaste reminds of cola, which is about the only negative I have to offer. Interesting and worthy of a try (if only for a supremely malty holiday beer that doesn’t overspice).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Reddish orange pour with creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, and spice. Toasted malt flavor with caramel, nuts, and spice. Creamy body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1539) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Captain Lawrence is a brewery that, in my opinion, tends to make decent beers of conventional styles. Their “Winter Ale” seems to epitomize this hypothesis: it’s a traditional winter warmer brew and a beer that tastes good and is fairly easy to drink, but lacks anything memorable or special. At least it’s priced right.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Rusty brown hue; extremely cloudy body. Pours to an average sized, white, frothy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Nose reminiscent of a standard amber ale but with distinct winter spices. Not too intense, but nice.

Taste: This is a beer that could easily pass for a standard American amber ale as it has all the makings of the style: a malt-forward palette that’s fairly sweet, but at the same time has a good amount of hops to keep it in balance. Darker malt presence is noticeable right away, imparting some caramel and toasted bread flavors. Through the middle there’s a dry bitterness which is accentuated by a light spicy character. Interestingly enough, the brewery’s website does not reveal which spices are in the beer, though they seem to be similar to that of a pumpkin brew with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. There’s also a subtle nutty character skulking in the background. All in all it’s a fine-tasting beer which, despite its seeming complexity, only manages to create for a “good” overall taste, which is fine if that’s all they were trying to accomplish.

Drinkability: This seems to be a seasonal whose recipe varies from year to year and the 2014 edition weighs in at 6% ABV. It doesn’t seem to be quite as full-bodied and robust as that potency would usually deliver, but at no point does it feel light or underwhelming. The mouthfeel is more of lighter medium intensity with average carbonation. It goes down smooth and finishes clean – which is nice since there’s nothing cloying about it, but also a bit disappointing that the flavors don’t linger when they probably should.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drdisque (699) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2014
On tap at Carroll place. No aroma. Flavor is nutty, slightly spicy, and exceedingly watery. Tastes like a spiced up weak bock. Very flat mouthfeel. It’s ok thought probably better than I’m making it sound.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
geologyguy (1165) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Very light but slightly woody smell, tastes like a spicy stout...medium heavy malt low hops, finish is watery...wish it finished stronger

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