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RATINGS: 988   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
English Strong Ale with a malty taste, unique and different, a true Flying Dog original.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/17/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a good amount of clarity. While the offwhite colored head has a nice texture, it quickly fades into a very thin collar - and isnít impressive to start with at less than one finger. The body is pretty beautiful, at least. S: Has a definite graham cracker and chocolate vibe to the aroma. When given the chance to warm up, it develops a prune-like character to it. There isnít much in the way of spicing other than a touch of cinnamon. T: Iím surprised how bitter this is. There is almost no sweetness to the caramel and toasted malts - if there is, I sure as shit donít notice it. Normally, this is a good thing for me. But this bitterness works against everything else, ruining both the balance and potential subtleties the spicing could have provided. After a while of warming up, some Centennial hops seem to make an appearance after the midtaste, almost as if itís trying (and failing) to ape SN Celebration in a manner. Not horrible, but everything just seems out of whack, and without any distinctness to any of the flavor notes. M: The finish is dry and astringent. The problem is, itís not in a balanced manner, increasing the harshness of it. Even worse is the general chalkiness of the feel, which Iím no fan of either. All it does is make the texture feel thicker without really feeling substantial. O: STís 2XMAS planted a seed of doubt toward my general dislike of winter warmers. Even if itís not a great example of the style, this makes me remember why I donít really care for the typical winter warmer. It feels off for some reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2532) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Dark amber/brown color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, & spice; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel/toffee, hops, dark fruit, and spice; Dry finish; Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HerrBierkoenig (1008) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 22, 2016
0,355l bottle from Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava, Pours clear amber red liquid, medium frothy white to tan head, Aroma: caramel, candied fruits, sweet, fruity, apricot, raisins, cherry wood, brown sugar, light alcohol, Taste: medium to heavy sweet, light to medium bitter, light sour, fruity, caramel, lemon peel, aprciot, raisins, candied fruits, malty, light alcohol, Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long sweet caramel fruity aftertaste, Overall: very drinkable due to lemony taste, moderate body and carbonation. Complexe for this style. Enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbertels (299) - NORWAY - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle. Very dark brown colour, almost no carbonation. Malt, raisins and alcohol in the aroma. Pleasant,long-lasting taste with strong alcoholized malts, some pine and a few notes of dried fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kapusil (1023) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 16, 2016
0.355l bottle as K-9 Winter Ale. Hazy dark ruby body, beige head. Lots of caramel in the aroma escorted by some toast, reisins and a hint of chocolate. Taste of caramel, toast, chocolate, reisins and floral hops. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Florya (1391) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2016
How: bottle Appearance: slightly hazy amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma: nuts, dark caramel, bread, grass and some dried fruits. Palate: medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (6629) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Hazy deep nutty amber/brown with a medium foamy ivory head. Lovely dates and cherry on the nose with a classic English toffee undertone. Slightly boozy and bold flavor with a bright leafy hop tone throughout, lots of date and cherry and also a touch of fig, with a nice English strong ale malt undertone with some toffe and booze heat. Nuanced and quite British.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukka19 (362) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown clear color with medium white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, dried fruits, licorice. Taste is fruity, lot of dried fruit, light roasty, caramel, floral notes. Warming alcohol, medium bitter and sweet

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (4483) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle from Seoul Plaza. Clear dark amber to brown colour, stable off-white head. Aroma fruiy, dried fruits, lightly roasted. Taste is full bodied, fully malty with caramel, dried fruits and high esters. Moderate bitterness and high sweetness. Light floral grassy hops flavour. Quite easy drinking, though some alcohol warmth is present. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1778) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours in dark amber body with low white head. Aromas has alcohol touch with caramel background, low earthy hop character. Taste has strong caramel, almost bisquit, malty sweetness with medium earthy bitterness. Body is full, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (978) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Clear, medium brown with an off-white head. Sweet caramel, nutty, dark candy sugar. Flavor is heavy sweetness, full bodied, with a long finish.

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