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RATINGS: 559   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep reddish orange in color with a small head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Peach and apricot notes. Fruity and malty flavor. Caramel and chocolate notes. Rich tasting. Sweet. Finish is malty. Smooth. Nice beer. Peppery notes. Very drinkable. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottles. Browish orange with a small head. Nice and hoppy with some english tasting malts. Flavors of peach, ash and pineapple all followed with a rich but not sweet caramel smoothness. Lively and peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Grainey malt and lively aroma, a bold carmel malt and hop initial taste, followed by a wonderful hop bitterness at the end, the hop taste and bitterness get a little more prominent as yo go along,excellent brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6657) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Bottle. Drank it a while ago, but realized that it was the ESB and not the IPA version of this. Dark amber color, white head. Malty, bitter, and well rounded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle. Orange-copper with a medium white creamy head. Floral aroma has earthy hops and mild sweetness. Bitter astringency and mild sweet flavour in a somewhat watery body. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
Dark amber brown, small off white head. Moderate hops in the aroma are a bit leafy. Moderate bitterness in the flavour, earthy malt, vague hints of celery. Alcohol is not at all prominent. Average to medium palate (3+). Servicable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
Imperial ESB? Why not! Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, MDS, Harry’s bottle. Dark orange, small frothy white head. Spicy hop aroma, some malt. Nice hoppy taste - lots of bready malt. Soft, some alcohol. Very drinkable. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc, mds and tupalev - my bottle via trade with DocLock. Hazy amber, decent creamy off-white head. Dusty sweet malt and floral hops, dry, light. A bit of alcohol and sharp hop bitterness in the flavour, citrus pith, less malt character - average body, slightly astingent, alcoholic and sharply carbonated - pretty decent; Imperial ESB? Well, it’s bitter, I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Cloudy red colour, white head with nice lacing. Bitter hoppy aroma. Very bitter taste with a hint of caramel, but lord, is it bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Transparent and magnifying amber-mahogany in color with a booming, dense tan head that’s audibly fizzing to boast its fluffiness to anyone who’ll listen. Green hops come flying out the gate, pursued by pumpernickel, caraway seeds, cleansing pine and pollination everywhere. Light caramel and dryer sheets make a late aromatic entrance, confounded by a unique element of nutty pipe cleaners. Flavor comes crashing down with a lick of stainless steel to hustle away every other flavor precursor. Looking back, we’re dealing with mulberry, pine and cedar bark for earthy intonations and chloraseptic caramel lozenges for sweetening. There’s a grassy quality as well, but it’s layered with warped maple sugar and diluted caramel. Intimate and intimidated hints of cocoa and toffee. Effervescent and mouth feel are holistically wonderful, and I’d like to give a nod to balance, but the unsavory metallic twang holds me back. Dry, pressing English toffee joins cedar sap and basement paneling before rounding out an aftertaste of pecans out of the ol’ aluminum tin. Thanks for the bottle, bstill!

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