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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Toffee brown, medium-bodied, with a creamy head and an aroma of raisins and freshly baked dark bread. Mild Winter’s rich caramel malt and spicy rye flavors are sure to take the bite out of whatever Old Man Winter brews up for you this year.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2008
This brew pours a clear dark amber color with a medium fluffy off-white head that diminishes slowly. Small patches and strings of lacing. Aroma of malt and barley plus a little rye. Light body with flavors of bready malt, hops and rye. The finish has a doughy malt flavor and a mild hops aftertaste that does not linger long. Slightly above average overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Copper color with a thin head. Big aroma of rye and caramel malts. Strong, spicy rye flavor. Plenty of dusty grains. Floral hop finish. Lovely.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 My 500th rating of an American beer. It was nice to sample this at the brewery before its release and now try it from the bottle. Pours a darker dull brown amber with lots of soda bubbles and a thin bubbly white sudsy head. Smells like an ESB, wet grains, spicy toasted malts, caramel, light floral hop bite. This stuff is very mellow, a rye ESB, softly spicy, softly malty, softly bitter, slightly chewy and bready, light floral hops. Medium/light bodied with abrasive sharp carbonation. A good flavorful drinker .

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours clear red with white head. Aroma is malty with caramel and light hop notes. Flavor is agian mostly malt with, caramel, rye and some hops. This is just a malty ale lacking complexity. Mild is a good word for this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 aroma of malt but not the usual generazlied caramel. slight spice is detected, spoiling the ryes disguise! color is wonderfully dark, not quite ruby red but a wonderful caramel brown. even tawny as the brewer describes the beer themselves. flavor if malt but still tangy, some character of a decent ESB. mouthfeel is very pleasant, borders on silky when warmed to the ideal temperature, again similar to many british styles. at times this seems even more sessionable then honkers ale, like an improvement of that brew. alternately it seems tiresome. malt character is at times very bready and pleasant. a nice light expression of rye malt.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wxman (1449) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Pours a clear medium brown in color with an insignificant large bead off white head. Aroma of caramel, maple and hop spiceiness. Taste of toasted semi-sweet malt, buttery caramel and maple along with mild hop spice and rye. Pretty decent effort for most, but would have expected better from Goose.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured dark clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and had good lacing. Moderate sweet toasted malty rye aroma. Medium bodywith a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium tingly bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2008
12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a pale brown/amber with a finger of off white head. Aroma of cocoa and a bit of hops. Fairly malty with some chocolate malt. Spritzy mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. A fresh hop flavor. I did not realize the rye aspect of the beer as I was drinking, maybe I should read the bottle. What I took for hops, may have been the rye. Definitely drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mahennin (16) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pours a dark amber, almost brown with nice white head that lasts. Smells like an earthy malt. Tastes of malt, no real hop taste. Very, very plain beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Re-rate: 12/7/2009. I opened a 12oz bottle of this and anticipated downgrading it a few points (for no real reason), but it really is just as nice as I originally rated. See my original rating from just under a year ago. 12/16/2008. On tap at the Grumpy Bulldog in Naperville. Pours a nice looking chestnut, brown-red with a big, fluffy, everlasting white head that remains very lacy. I imagine this doesnt look as good from a bottle, but this looked pretty good on tap. Aroma of lightly roasted grains, rye bread, caramel malts, and spicy hops. Definite winter ale quality to both the aroma and flavor. The flavor is similar to the aroma and the rye is more evident in the taste. Slightly fruity, spicy, sharp, and a bit nutty. Warm feeling with a medium body and good balance. Pretty dry finish. Overall, very drinkable. Nice rye flavor and good spices.


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