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RATINGS: 532   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Pours a transparent dark copper orange with a thin, nicely-lacing white head. Fresh citrusy, and mildly grassy English hoppy aroma has a nice caramel malty presence. Starts sweet, fresh and piney with hop resin and lots of crystal malt. Finishes crisp and full in flavor. A well-balanced brew that is practically a double IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2006
On tap: Big citrus hop aroma. Transparent amber with a small white head and great lacing. Sweet citrus up front with orange and apricot. Huge grapefruit hop finish that lingers for some time in the aftertaste. This really tastes more like a hop-monster of a IIPA than any sort of ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3358) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear red pour with a soapy and lasting tan head. Mild aroma of hops and floral notes mixed with a touch of malts. The taste is loaded with hops right at the front and then quickly turns into a nice malty flavor. The finish is slightly crisp and rather hoppy and floral with the slightest aftertaste of apple peels, hops and some caramel. Very interesting beer and very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle. Thanks argo0. Brown body with medium beige head. Very hoppy in aroma. Flavor is hoppy as well, somewhat malty. I don’t really see what is ESB about this beer. It really seems like a malty IPA. Flavor has caramel and citrus prevalent throughout. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a large beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of peppermint. Flavor of malt, toffee, and mild hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Fruity aromas; apricot, pear & apple, mild banana, and orange rinds. Sweet sugary malts, a bit of caramel, and light resinous orangy hop oils. Also a bit of ozone or rubberiness to it. Caramel orange-amber clear, with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Light carbonic burn. Starts with a bit of sweetness, but not overpowering. Light caramel and biscuit, a bit nutty. Good hops taste comes in second after a bit of carbonic acidity. Fruity and mellow, with a nice bitter edge that doesn’t overwhelm the tongue. Light bitter dry finish with smooth sweet nutty after. Nice ale, easy drinking and well balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Quite pleasing. What’s nice is the great balance of very fresh hops with a lot of malt behind it. It is fruity and and rich and floral and has a perfect level of bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2005
(Best by April/2006) The beer is a nice looking one indeed; all aspects including color, sparkle, head and lace are very enticing. I find the nose to be mostly malty, but the palate is on the hoppy side. Interestingly enough the beer is very fruity and has an appetizing bitterness that is both floral and citric. In general this is a very good and tasty winter warmer ale that I will enjoy in the months to come.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Deep copper color, thin head with a malty, somewhat hoppy aroma. The mouth is full and sweet, with a background bitterness. Slight fruitiness and a moderately bitter fadeout. So far the Heavy Seas line is impressive for it’s attempts, but somewhat of a letdown in the results. Still recommended though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (585) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Thanks to Goldtwins for this one. Coppery brown color with a small, light brown head. Aroma is sweet, honey malt, citrus and a bit of piney hops. Taste is sweet, nutty malt with a hit of bittersweet hops and an alcohol bite at the end. Crisp hop finish strengthens as it warms. A good winter warmer.


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