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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2006
A lovely brew. Well knit flavours reveal plenty of toffee and toast in the malt and a pretty nice dose of ESB bitterness. The colour is rich pretty brown matched with hints of coffee and and peppery spice. yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
12 oz. bottle thanks to slob. Decent head on this dark amber pour. Aromas were very malty. Some spice and caramel. Some breadiness too. Flavors were quite bitter. More bitter than the expected ESB. Must be that USification we do to our beers on this side of the pond. NIce hoppy bite over the very malty middle. Good stuff. Thanks Bert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2006
A winner! Thanks Matt. A hoppy porter on steroids, if that makes any sense. Great spicy mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus, among other notes. The swett malt takes over and drops off to a lingering grassy followup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2006
A medium sized frothy, off-white head rests above a slightly hazy red-brown hued beer. The hop aroma is balanced between citric/orange and floral/cedar notes. Caramel, nearly toffee, dark bread malts follow slightly behind. Smaller tones of medium-dark fruits (cherries, and the like). Despite significant malting, a firm, spicy bitterness rests on the front of the tongue. Late palate reveals more of the same, but with perhaps more acidity. Bit of alcohol on the swallow, as well. The body is on the bigger side of medium, has a slick texture, and lively carbonation. Personally, I’d like to see the US hops 86’d so a bit more malt would shine through with less of a ’cutting’ feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13660) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6600) - 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!

   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)...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2006
I’ve 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 don’t care for (or perhaps it’s 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.

   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.

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