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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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2012
tap. hazy amber, oily cream island with collar head. Extremely medicinal nose is bark, light bile and plum. Ultra sugary flavor burns throat, light spice and fruit. Sticky body. Too strong.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Poured a clear amber with a big light tan head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, floral, cereal, pine, and cereal. Taste is floral, caramel, citrus, toast, raisin, and grass. Finish is bitter and long lasting with a touch of alcohol burn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3052) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear and dark brown color with a moderate head. Strong malty bits to the nose. Taste is a little roasty, and just a tad bitter. Nice strong winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (697) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 Draft at the Heavy Seas Brewery. Dark amber brown with off-white head in a pint glass. Aroma is bread, caramel malt, spices and citrus hops. Taste starts out sweet and ends bitter. A little alcohol heavy but in a good way. Palate is sticky with medium mouth-feel. Started out different but grew on me with more sips. Now I need more!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1416) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Pours a deep brown amber a great, cream colored creamy head that sticks around. Aroma is pretty sweet with some earthy hops presence, light toasted nose, some sweet caramel and fruity apple and cherry flavors. Flavor starts off with a very smooth toasted, caramel malt flavor with some notes of light chocolate mixed in followed up by a very strong fruity apple flavor with a strong earthy hops bitterness and warm alcohol nip at the end. Body is very dense with low fine carbonation making it feel creamy as you drink it. Alcohol is just a touch strong as it can be a bit overpowering at the end. Overall a pretty good beer with a well balanced malty sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Pours a mahogany color. Smell is of hops, floral. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a touch sweet, a bit of alcohol. Overall an enjoyable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3394) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2012
bottle - Pours dark amber with a tan head. It has a rich caramel malt aroma and flavor with moderate bitterness that balances the caramel malt well. It’s a good, straightforward, full bodied brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Originally reviewed: 11/24/08. Pours a deep ruby with barely any amount of head. Little spotty lacing. Smells of citrus and malt. Some slight alcohol scent wafting out. Taste of alcohol and some citrus notes. Deep bitter aftertaste. Some licorice and dark fruit flavors. Gets better as it warms. Not too bad. Moutfeel is nice and crisp due to a decent amount of carbonation. Not a bad ESB. But wouldn’t drink a ton of these due to the ABV.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (480) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Pours a nice red amber. Light aroma of amber malts and a little hops. Medium bodied with a bitter palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A very good winter warmer beer, nice and malty with a very good finish of hop flavor. Nice and high in alchol which keeps you warm on a cold night.


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