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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Our winter seasonal is a nod to the classic altbiers of Dusseldorf. A full, toasty malt profile is countered by generous additions of German Hops. Well balanced but assertively hopped, this complex but approachable beer is ideal for shaking off the chill of winter.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Thanks to Bert for sending this awesome bottle from Maryland. I loved this. Itís everything an IPA is without all the oil. Iím new to the style but here goes. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a decent head that fell fast to a thin film on top and a small ring. Good lace. Nose is heavenly with malt. Itís bread, itís caramel, itís deep and round with a sweetness that takes a backseat in the nicest way. The hops are herbal and pungent, earthy and offer just a hint of lemon. Dark fruits whisper from the nose as it warms but they never fully evince and itís restrained. The taste is toast and breaddy malt with a nice fullness from the understated sweetness. The hops are bitter on the tip of the tongue but itís like they hold it back until the finish and then they realize a full bitter without a lot of oil and without a lot of resin. Carbonation is medium and the body is deft and light.

I could compare this to an IPA or to a red ale. Positively enjoyable with plenty of toast but nothing burnt. The malt is outstanding and lasting throughout the drink. The balance is excellent and the hops hold their own without becoming fruity. Itís creamy but also strong and stately. What a treat.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Beautiful radiant golden copper color and dense creamy head. Not anything Iíd go after again, but not entirely displeasing either. Warm herbal/spicy nose, earthy hop tones and a well toasted grain character. Not as well balanced as the description asserts an a bit watery. Safe to say that this is a C student.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2013
This was a really good offering from Evolution. Had a nice full body to it and had more of a dunkel flavor in the sweetness. Nice dark color and good head. Nice seasonal.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reggiedunlop (3224) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Pours clear deep amber with a medium tan head...good lacing and retention. Aroma is very faint but has touches of dry leaves, nuttiness, and a hint of sweet maltiness. Flavor has some sweet fruity/malty notes, mild tea, dry leaves, and earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky with an earthy/bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4097) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle from Total Wine-McLean, 2/13/13

Aroma: The nose is clean and malty, some nutty notes, a bit of fruit, toasted malts, and caramel
Appearance: It pours a reddish color with a small beige head and some medium lacework
Flavor: The flavor is mid-sweet, pretty much all malts with just a tiny hint of hop bitterness to it
Palate: The body is medium, it drinks cleanly enough, with average carbonation, and a sticky finish
Overall Impression: Rater #22! This is a solid beer, but not a standout for me. It is malty, drinkable, and fine, but it just doesnít have anything that would make you really rush out and try one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Slightly hazy amber coloured body with a bright ruby tint and a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of pale malt, alcohol, nuts, earth, very light spices and a hint of english or german hops. Light-bodied; Sharp metallic note along with some nuttiness, a hint of the hops, a little alcohol sharpness and a definite bitter earth flavour. Aftertaste shows the slow alcohol burn and a larger metallic and pungent finish, with a hint of sugars and a little spice kick. Overall, a pretty pungent beer for the style with the alcohol showing through and a bit too much bitterness for me. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Grateful Red in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 02-February-2013 for US$2.47 sampled at home in Washington on 05-February-2013.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber color, medium white head. Aroma of slightly toasted nutty caramel. Taste is earthy caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1529) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Slightly cloudy, deep amber appearance with an average size off white head and good lacing. Subtle aroma of caramel malts and soft fruit. Flavors of floral, spicy hops with a moderately sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (824) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Out of the bottle poured a hazy dark brown color, malty and sort of Piney aroma. Taste is nice lots of hops, with a citrus touch/aftertaste...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scubatrip (604) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
From the bottle, pours a hazy brownish red with a thin white head and nice lacing. Thick earthy malty aroma. Taste wants to be thick but feels more carbonated than it actually is. Earthy malty, brown sugar and molasses, an attempt at sweetness that fails to really catch on, ending with a mild bitterness of earthy hops. Almost a refreshing beer while ice cold. I give this an "ok".


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