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RATINGS: 533   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Pours with a medium white head with a little lacing on a deep amber-red body with a sweet, cherry like aroma with hints of other fruits. Fruity taste with nice tannin hops in the finish on a lively medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Dark amber color with a frothy off-white head. Bitter aroma with a more bitter flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3255) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 2, 2005
bottle-pours copper orange with a minimal eggshel head. big pine, cherries, fuirty aroma-nice and fresh. flavors showcase grapefruit, green grapes, pine, and quite a big alcohol note in the finish. some nice resiny hop notes come in the finish. this is too hoppy to be an esb if you ask me. but i guess due to the english nature of the hops, it works. some nice carmely sweet malt holds the base for the hop stomp. this beer is a little on the boring/run of the mill side, but still not bad. I would call this an imperial red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Has a pleasing berry like and hoppy aroma. Flavor has a definit hop bitterness, as well as some spicy notes. These al rest on a solid malty backbone. Very enjoyable, and I thank Jimboood for this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (2808) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
I had this on tap and assume I got some bad beer. I really did not like this-poured part of it out actually. Iím not sure what to write here because none of what I read is anything close to what I experienced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Clear copper with lots of little floaters and a loose head. A little oxidized in aroma with malt and spicy hops. Nice body, bitter finish. Tangy, slightly nutty malt flavor with a strong hop presence that is earthy and spicy with some citrus peel. Some noticable alcohol. Not bad. The hop combination is a bit strange though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Pours copper with a one-finger white head. Very malty and hoppy aroma, with some roasted notes; it smells almost like a hoppy Porter. Caramel and toffee malt flavors, with a hefty dose of earthy hops. Interesting take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Bottle. Amber color with offwhite head. Nose of earthy/piney hops, pungent grapefruit hops, and sweet malt. Flavor is a nice balance of earthy and fruity hops, though leaning toward the resiny pine hop flavor and mouthfeel, with a nice sweet malt backbone present throughout. Finish is tacky hops, very nice. I donít really think of this as an IIPA-- itís pretty much right where I want a traditional IPA. That said, itíd be a great summer IPA as well. Nicely done, but perhaps a bit off in the labeling/marketing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1060) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Itís nice to have a winter seasonal that strays away from the more traditional bocks and heavily spiced beers. This IPA pours a dark copper with some red highlights and a creamy, lasting eggshell head. Strong citrus aroma with some grapefruit and pine as well as a whiff of malt. Lower end of the medium body spectrum, but there is some active carbonation. More hops in the taste, very bittering all the way to the finish. Not as agressive as I would expect from a 2IPA, but I think itís held together nicely. This one really needs to be warmed to get the malt to kick in and balance it. Alcohol is hidden well. Not really a double in my book, but still pretty good.

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