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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1469) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Mainly caramel malt for aroma, a touch of pine and spice. Brownish orange, transparent and still. Surprise bitter start, long baked cookie dough finish. Mid-to-heavy body, the high content does shine through. Not the usual English style strong beer: too bitter and not sticky enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GSH1976 (207) - Delaware, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy chestnut color with some ivory head. There is too much brown for me to call it an amber. Aroma is mainly caramel malt with some breadiness. Taste is malty and bready with a little spice and bitterness mixed in. Body is medium. Not a bad beer but not what I would consider an ESB. It is too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Rich buttery caramel malt aroma with just a hint of hops. Chestnut with a moderate ivory head. Caramel malt, harsh weedy hops, a little alcohol flavor. Medium to full sticky body, moderate carbonation. The weedy hops ruined this one for me. It just wasn’t a pleasant type of hops flavor. I was a bit surprised at the bitterness considering I didn’t get much hops in the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewgerke (67) - - DEC 18, 2012
Draft. Poured a deep amber with a slightly thicker than thin tan head with good lacing. Aroma had a great balance between the malts and hops and the flavor was the same way. Nice bitterness on the back end. A great take on a winter warmer going the ESB route. Nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bright, fresh aroma. Deep mahogany color. Hoppier than anticipated. Evergreen notes. Well rounded, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3202) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
On draft at whole foods. Pours a cloudy caramel color with a creamy off white head. Malty aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft at Tuskie’s. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Slight malt sweetness on the nose. Taste is a bit more hop forward than I expected. Hides it’s alcohol we’ll. Solid but not a fave.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2109) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12oz bottle - worst pour ever or just the headiest beer ever. Pours amber with creamy off white head and great lacing. Metallic caramel and grass. Fairly malty but thin. Dangerous. I bet this gets better at room temp. Fairly balanced taste wise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1598) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Draft at Khyber Pass and again at Sugars. Poured a slightly hazy red amber brown with a frothy white head. Bitter malts. Like a slightly sweet molasses tea made with a piece of burnt wood. Coffee notes as it warms. Higher ABV kicks in at the end. Pumped up ESB but seems lacking in character beyond a few notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1001) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 10, 2012
It pours a clear amber with a thin white head that fades into lacing. The aroma is a soft blend of malt and hops. The taste is similar. There’s a nice malty character upfront followed by bitterness in the finish. It’s clean and fairly smooth for the 7.5%. The lingering bitterness makes it somewhat difficult to drink this beer fast or in mass quantity but it’s not bad overall.

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