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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (983) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Copper color topped by a medium-sized creamy beige head. Aroma is toasted malt with notes of burnt sugar and earthy, grassy hops. Flavor is toasted malt with hints of toffee and spicy hops. Some dryish, peppery hops in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1598) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Draft. Amber color, decent white head. Creamy almost slick body, mild malt aroma, some bite in the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
12 oz. Bottle. Nice, malty scent of bready sweet roll with some hop, pininess. Medium body, frothy feel. Hops, bitter, bready sweet roll, touch of caramel finish. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tonkun (1163) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Reddish brown and clear pour with a finger thick Off white head. Bread, chestnut, caramel. Surprisingly bigger than expected body with syrupy bitter and brandy-like finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1507) - 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 (227) - 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 (3502) - 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 (453) - 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 (4490) - 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.

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