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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft at Tuskie’s. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Slight malt sweetness on the nose. Taste is a bit more hop forward than I expected. Hides it’s alcohol we’ll. Solid but not a fave.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2478) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12oz bottle - worst pour ever or just the headiest beer ever. Pours amber with creamy off white head and great lacing. Metallic caramel and grass. Fairly malty but thin. Dangerous. I bet this gets better at room temp. Fairly balanced taste wise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (2048) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Draft at Khyber Pass and again at Sugars. Poured a slightly hazy red amber brown with a frothy white head. Bitter malts. Like a slightly sweet molasses tea made with a piece of burnt wood. Coffee notes as it warms. Higher ABV kicks in at the end. Pumped up ESB but seems lacking in character beyond a few notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1283) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 10, 2012
It pours a clear amber with a thin white head that fades into lacing. The aroma is a soft blend of malt and hops. The taste is similar. There’s a nice malty character upfront followed by bitterness in the finish. It’s clean and fairly smooth for the 7.5%. The lingering bitterness makes it somewhat difficult to drink this beer fast or in mass quantity but it’s not bad overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (3726) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4171) - Snohomish, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1214) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1504) - 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.

   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.

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