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RATINGS: 525   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
12oz bottle from drewbeerme. Clear, filtered brown color. Aroma is metallic, empty chestnut. A bit of syrupy bark as well. That translates to the flavor and finishes with a weird sweetness, very artificial. Otherwise, rather unremarkable. I have a new name for GI, the Saranac of the mid-west.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2008
12 oz bottle. Fairly light aroma, some light buttered popcorn, rye toast, and a minor woody hop. Had a good half bubbly, half cream off-white head on the pour, semi-translucent, and a reddish rust color. Different flavor from the aroma, spices, a wheat like presence, toasted barley, orange zest citrus, good linger with a prominent sweet grainy taste. Maybe nothing too special, but very enjoyable from my perspective.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Dark nutty body with faint white head. The barley and rye really stand out as distinct aromas in this beer with the rye dominant in the flavor and the barley in the aroma. A Lightly spiced body with a bit of a dry hop bite on the finish. Very nice bear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small white head. Light aroma, little bit of malt. Nothing amazing stands out in this beer...malt and hops are well balanced. Very smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Deep amber/copper color with a nice off white head. Caramel aroma with a rich malty and slightly spicy taste and a dash of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a darker amber color with a little white head. Nothing to special. Smells of malts and maybe a hint of fruits. Very smooth on the palate. Goes down very easy. A good drinkable enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1863) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Sampler at Old Chicago. Dark amber in color, small white head. Very mild aroma, slight hints of caramel and slight floral notes. Slightly spicy flavor, floral clover sweetness. Very mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
nice copper colour with a thick lasting head. Biscuity aroma, caramel, some dark fruit tones. Flavour was rich molassess, dark fruit light spice. Light bready rye tones. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Draft at Jerry’s. Amber with good, foamy, beige head / Earthy, bready, brown sugar and spice nose / Light to medium body, some texture, with soft carbonation, good balance and dry, spicy finish / Mild, earthy flavors of rye, brown sugar, bread, and spice / Mild indeed, but lovely.

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