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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Our "winter warmer" ale, brewed with copious helpings of English malts and US and English hops, a ruddy hued "Imperial ESB" in style. Full malty flavors dancing with powerful hop aromas and a lingering, firm hop bitterness. Seasonally available from mid October to February.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Sweet orange-filled aroma, rather like a Holiday scratch-n-sniff book from my childhood. Delicious hoppy scent, orange, grapefruit, pine, flowers. Amber-red pour with a sticky, foamy tan head. Hoppy and piney and grapefruity and resinous and bitter taste, not overpowering or offensive, but really packs a wallop. Finish and aftertaste are the same and the latter lasts. Light toast and caramel (and even a pinch of dark chocolate shavings) hidden under the delicious hoppy indulgence. Medium body, light terminal warming - alcohol is a smidgen too prominent here. Left a deep impression!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Pousr amber/brown with small retentive head. Piny, floral hop aromas, with a nice hint of the malt background. Forefront piny, resiny hops in the flavor, with a well balanced barley like malt character. Palate is medium/full, resiny, nicely bitter, with chewy malts lingering. Might as well be an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottled. Poured copper, tan, lacy head. Nose is caramel, citrus, a little flroal. Flavor is malt, spice, a hint of alcohol, a little resiny. Finish is bitter, nicely hoppy. Firm mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2167) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Deep amber nut pour into the glass, with a thin retentive head, leaving nice lace. The nose seems syrupy, with heavy pine notes. The flavor is thick with malt and pine. Almost seems IPA-ish. Very nicely balanced, with a thick resiny mouthfeel and lingering pine bitter finish. Good job on this Impy ESB!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle from Captaincougar. Lots of malts here. There is something else here as it would be a piney resiny taste that is not offensive in any way. thick on the tongue and richly sweet but the hops hold it in check. Thanks Tom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Bottle from State Line in Elkton, MD. Pours copper red with an off white head. English like malty aroma, with some fruity hops in the background. Medium body, but a tad on the light side for a strong ale. Nice malty flavor of caramel, toffee, toasted malt. Piney and citrus hop bitter finish. I would label this as a nice session strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TFowl (12) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Good Flavor. Strong after taste, malt aroma with small head that dissolves quickly. Amber color with white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2006
From the bottle, pours a beautiful pure red with a thin off-white head with decent lacing down the glass. Aroma is very malty, as well as very bitterly hoppy, not too dissimilar to a pale ale. Quite malty in the flavor, with a bitter hops aftertaste. As it warms, the maltiness becomes more pronounced, which seems to cancel out much of the bitterness, though not completely. I’d say this is a pretty good one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a beautiful dark amber with a nice head and good lacing. The aroma was a little lacking but smelled mainly of hops lacking any fruit nuances. The maltiness comes through in the flavor with the hops providing nice counter balance. A little hot on the palate but overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours an attractive amber hue with a thick and lasting white head. Great lacing throughout. Aroma hints at pine trees and earthy English hops. The flavor is full of bitter english hops that for some reason have always reminded me of cheese. There’s a bit of warming alcohol on the way down. This one definitely gets bonus points for being unique. Enjoyably big stuff.

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