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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Copper colored body. Small tanned head. Nose is citrusy and floral hops, toasted bread, and light spices. Taste is very hoppy and citrusy along with some hefty spicy flavors. Some earthy pine coming through at times as well. Very fruity overall. Body is medium with mild carbonation and an overdone lingering bitterness. Finishes with more of a hop blast - orange rind, grapefruit juice, light pine and a hint of pineapple. Lots of caramel coming out during the finish. Not too bad, but itís really a hop bomb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Copper pipe color to this brew. I got some serious dark fruits goin on in the aroma. Red apple bitterness in the body. The best of the CC beers ive had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
This Imperial ESB pours a orange gold color from a 12 oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is sweet, grapefruity and piney. Medium bodied Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity. Lots of spiciness. A little estery and very smooth. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet. Thanks to the Atlanta crew for sharing this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6502) - 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 (1557) - 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.

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