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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 Fall 2008: Golden amber. The aroma is earthy with lots of caramelly malt and abundant earthy, woody hops. Sweet, with earthy nuances, lots of earthy, slightly lemony bitterness. Drinks easy, but has intensity, too. Chocolate malt emerges in the finish.

Spring 2006: Orangey-brown colour. The aroma shows earth, chocolate, a little bit of crystal malt and bright orangey hops. The flavour is robust with those orangey hops meeting strong toasty notes with light chocolate in the background. Hefty bitterness and a blast of alcohol round things out. 7-3-7-3-14 = 3.4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Nice brown body with some tan head. Good hops and malts in the aroma, bitterness is very nice. Sweetness from the malts does minimize the bitterness of the hops. Good bitter ending.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Bottle: Dark amber, slight cloudiness, moderate to large foamy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Aromatic bready nose.   Sweetened hop presense with a huge malt backing, finishing with a minor citrus rind twist meets bitter graininess.   Fairly tasty, clean, and easy to drink.   Lingering bitter citrus based graininess, but its not as bad as it sounds.   Still very enjoyable, and quite clean.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Thanks Larry for the bottle!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pour is slightly hazed reddish amber with a thin dense off white head...smell is very hoppy and sweet caramel and malts...soapy hop nose...taste is sweet and caramel up front with some nice bitter followup...something grainy in the finish (unpleasant grainy)...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Iíve got to believe that this is the beverage I tasted (simply given the "best by" date). Thanks JHop. 12oz bottle, best by 4/06. Pours deep amber, with nice carbonation and a light lasting head. The aroma is malty grain, a bit grassy and spicy. Also metallic (tin) hints like you might get from a can. The flavor is sweet malt with orange hints and spicy hops that lead to a nice bitter, semi-dry finish. There is a taste in there I donít care for (or perhaps itís a combination of flavors)?perhaps orange caramel mixed with alcohol? The body is heavy, but I thought overly so for this brew. Also some alcohol warmth. Not too bad. Just not my favorite combination of flavors or mouth feel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Clear, deep copper color with big tan head. Aroma has caramel, orange peel, hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Flavor is malty, with a fair amount of caramel, cinnamon, touch of nutmeg and herbal hops. Finish is malty, with a fairly strong bitterness. Re-rate: 12oz bottle - medium amber/red color with tiny light tan head. Aroma is malty, slightly soody, hint of cinnamon and vanilla, with faint whiff of noble hops and notes of sour oranges and caramel. Flavor is malty, fair amount of caramel, bit metallic, with a solidly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Clear dark amber color with a large off-white head. Bready, caramel malt aroma. Moderately bitter with some sweetness. This needs something, I canít put my finger on it. Perhaps it needs a few months to mellow out.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Must and dough on the aroma with some earthy hops. Thick off-white head with some stickiness. Rich and full bodied, almost syrupy. Lots of fruity flavor, deep with cherries and lemons , with some piney hops. Kind of a not as good version of Snoqualmie Avalanche.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 4, 2006
12oz bottle.
Thanks to Degarth for this one (via trade). Pours clear medium copper with long-lasting puffy white head that leaves nice webs of Brussels lace. Big hoppy floral & citrus aroma reminiscent of a PNW-style IPA but with more caramel malt. The malt also dominates the flavor, bolstered by hops that are more piney than fruity or floral, though those qualities make a comeback as the beer warms. Medium mouthfeel with tingly palate. Interesting hybrid of English ESB finesse and American smash-mouth flavor. Works quite well for me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Medium sized light tan head, retention is good, lace is sticky and stringy. clear copper/amber hued ale. Nose is lightly spicey hops, a little fruit, melon. Body is med/light, good mouthfeel. Juicey hops, citrus and some pine, malts are a little toasty, some bubblegum showing up, caramel, kinda wacky/tastey, hmmm. Dry hoppy finish, nice bite.


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