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RATINGS: 542   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6217) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle and served in my GL snifter:

Pours a nice rusty ruby hue with a initial large fizzy head which fades leaving good lace in itís wake. The aroma has notes of both piney grapefruit and classic aromatic hops, bready malts, and a hint of white pepper. The taste is rather staright forward but not boring, citric and acidic with a level bitterness than has a good amount of pale malt backing. Finished with some pepper and a metallic touch. The feel is lively yet soft as well, moderate carbonation and a very mild astrengent property. A solid brew but not something I would run out to get. Spicy enough to be qualified as a winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
hmmm... imperial esb, will the wonders of that adjective ever cease? clear copper small lasting off-white head. aroma is a bit plasticy with hints of pine and lots of flowers. defintely british in character. flavor wise it a bit of a bummer. lacks crispness that i like in an esb, but all that malt to get up to 7.3% probably causes this. pretty damn bitter especially at the end. not bad but last yearís (2004) was better and a modifed version of last yearís batch is now brewed with the name Loose Cannon and is the best beer Clipper City brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 2005 version: Much different this year. Pours a dark clear amber/red with a medium off-white head. Aroma of kilned malts and floral hops - not as vibrant as last yearís. Flavor is heavy on the side of caramel/toasted malt, then comes the grapefruity, piney hops. Doesnít have that fresh-baked pretzel California Ale Yeast character this time around. Lingering bitter finish, a little metallic. Medium body, seems light for the style, moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2005
on tap, RFD Washington. A nice dark yellow, light orange. light aroma. A heavy, bitter flavor with a dark heavy bittering hop taste. Very nice bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Bottle. Pours with a frothy root beer head, and a thick reddish brown color. Lots of hops on the nose, quite tangy, like a zinger. The taste is full of malt and quite bitter, with a decent bitter finish. Fairly straightforward flavor with the alcohol showing. Iím not usually a fan of bitter/malty beers, but this one is fairly pleasant [many such beers leave too long abitter, dry finish in my mouth to enjoy]. This is nice but not really my favorite style. I can see the grapefruit and melon notes some are detecting, but not the other subtleties. And it is somewhat sweet, especially once you let it warm up a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2005
12oz bottle: Clear, but beautiful medium amber, dark enough to obscure view until held up to light where it really glows, with a beige head that has nice retention. Aroma is dominated by fresh hops - definite fuggles in this one, and Iím fairly certain theyíre using both american and british fuggles here - also some light pine, earth, and caramel. Taste is fuggles, earthy hops, floral hops, a hint of grapefruit, pale malt, with hints of bread crust, berries, and fruity yeast. Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation, finishes watery and sweet, then quickly hops bitterness takes over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Sampled at the Pizza Port 9th Strong Ale Festival, thanks to whomever opened a bottle of this at the "ratebeer" table. Aroma is somewhat spicy and hoppy, flavor is malty and spicy with hops backing up. Iíd say this works as a decent winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Clear, dark orange body with a modest, uniform, sudsy off-white head. Aroma of dried mangos, nectarines, caramelized toasty malt, and floral notes. Nutty flavor plus well-baked bread crusts with medium sweet residual malt sugars plus moderate, emergent bitterness. A decent winter seasonal. It was fun to play guess the style with this. My guess was double amber. Close enough. Thanks Eric.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11729) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2005
(12oz bottle, best by 4/06) Medium beige head topped by crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral, pine, caramel. The beer bursts with flavor-- moderately sweet, pine, grapefruit, melon, caramel, some floral, some alcohol warming. Smooth medium-full body. While at first it is very enjoyable, the sweetness does overwhelm somewhat by the end of the bottle, detracting somewhat from the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Thanks to ratebeerians for bringing this to pizza portís strong ale fest. Iím not sure who it was, but thank you! A medium-strength ale with nice hop notes. Some coriander and spice on the nose. Not bad.

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