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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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With an intriguing malt profile and an ample amount of Northwest hops, this beer is sure to tingle your tastebuds. This strong ale is available during the winter months to warm the cold souls in each of us.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2388) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Reddish brown body. Aroma is mostly darker malts... English feel with caramel and hints of chocolate and dark sugar. Also a light hop note here. An enjoyable ESA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
GABF 2006: Clear dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma had a light roast to it with some fruity malt. Hops show up more in the background. Chcolate notes in the flavor mix over some citrusy hops. Fruity malt as well.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with wohlfs 01-Feb-06, thanks Steve!) A fairly bitter, hoppy and piney winter beer from the first sip right through to the last, there’s no mistaking this beer’s Pacific Northwest heritage. Malts are sweet, caramely and toasty, and the beer shows a fair amount of fruit and apples, but the bitter, piney hops really have control of this beer. Body and carbonation are both medium, but the bitterness keeps the palate somewhat crisp, especially for such a malty beer. The nose is mostly just hoppy with a mild fruitiness, but overall, the aroma doesn’t match the flavor in terms of strength or enjoyment. Deep amber-brown in color and fairly clear so the multitude of carbonation streams are readily visible. The small, light-tan head settles to a wide ring, leaving haphazard streaks, spots and patches of lace on the glass. Not a bad beer, but I can’t say I’ve enjoyed drinking this too much. Definitely not something I’d buy if I were to see it in a store.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
A really outstanding amber color with a small but creamy off white head. Great appearance, literally a solid sheet of lacing. Rich and creamy sweet maltiness, with a candyish brown sugar kick in the finish. Lovely toffee and just a bit of herbal hop spiciness A tasty beverage indeed.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 20, 2006
a good ale, but there’s nothing strong about it, or english for that matter, kind of like an extra pale ale, clear brown body, malty and hoppy, well balanced and tastey, but it lacks that warming winter ale feel, and the monkey on the label is really fucking creepy, i mean like dream huantingly creepy, whatever you do don’t look into its eyes

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
12 oz bottle. Deep amber colour with a thick off-white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, some brown sugar, a lot of toasty malts melded with a combination of piny and grapefruity hops. In the mouth, this beer has a sweet toasty caramel malt backbone and has a nice Cascade hop flavour. Pine/grapefruit with a well-balanced bitter finish. A bit sticky in the mouth. Hops become noticibly spicy as it warms. Tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reid (1897) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2005
One of the North Wset winter offerings I never had. 12 oz brown shortneck bottle. Its a nice , rather attractive, clear brown ale with a great frthy/bubbly tan head, great lacing. The aroma is not to strong but it is easy to discern the malts, actually very malty aroma with just a hint of grassy hops. The taste though is much more hoppy then the aroma , but is well bvalanced by some yummy caramel maltiness, this becomes rarther fruity as the beer warms.. I found the mouthfeel to be well balanced and smooth. Very drinkable winter ale..a good strongish Amber. Well done

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deeper brown color, very clear, nice ruby hue when lit. Aroma is light chocolate, light piney scent. Medium bodied, borders on a bit thin at times. Decent balance of malt and hop up front with a lingering hop bitterness that is pleasantly noticeable. Decent beer.
Jan. ’08 bottle. Deep brown colored and quite clear. Small off-white head. Aroma is caramel and pine resin. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Darker roasted malt profile with a huge West Coast hop influence in flavor and aroma. Lingering bitterness. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - APR 27, 2005
Amber/orange in color with a flat white head. Light candied malt aroma. Very faint and boring. Light caramel, chocolate and fruit flavors. Watery mouthfeel. Slightly bitter at the finish. Nothing stands out with this beer, and makes for a generic experience.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled draught at Cascade Lakes Lodge, Bend
Copper ruby color, fairly dark with little head. Nose of fruity hops & sweet rich malts. Light plums & molasses. The flavor is rich, very full bodied, sweet & bitter, nice strong blend with an accompanying body that rocks. Finishes tangy, creamy, good.


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