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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GSH1976 (291) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ByTheirLimpin (248) - New York, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Poured from the bottle to a tulip. Cloudy mahogany. Thin wispy head didnít stick around. Nose is toffee caramel. The palate is all about the grain bill. Nice balancing with the hops carrying the load through the middle keeping the malts from bogging down the experience. Nice clean finish leaves a little warmth in the throat, doing itís job as a winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (908) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Poured from bottle amber hue with a thin beige head. Aromas of caramel malt and light grass. Taste is sweet caramel alcohol spice and a balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Pours a clear orangish light reddish color with ivory colored head. Caramel, malts, and some light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with mostly malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5166) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2016
On tap at Bethesda Food and Beverage. Nice copper body with tan head. Nose is malty, toasty and caramel. Taste also caramel and malts. Well-balanced with a warming finish. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (500) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market, Haverhill, MA. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, bread, dough. Appearance is beautiful, clear amber with no sparkle, finger-width off-white foamy head with poor retention and leggy lacing. Taste is moderately sweet with alcohol thatís a little bit astringent, then caramel end. Palate is medium bodied with average texture, lively late carbonation at tip of tongue and crisp slightly bitter finish. Overall, very true to style--straightforward maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Copper. Earthy hops with toffee, raisin, and caramel. A nice hoppy winter warmer with great balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (670) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle to a pint. Copper orange with white head. Nice toasted bread and sweet honey with winter spice. Balanced warm finish...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
climberbob (367) - Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle into tulip. Dark ruby Amber. Not much aroma. Some hints of bread and yeast. Taste is a bit spicy from the hop, dry. Not a lot of malt flavor. Metallic aftertaste which is off putting. Some dried fruit notes. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1838) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2015 This hop forward winter warmer has a nice medium-bodied toffee malt backbone with hints of brown sugar and earthy spicy hops. Long mildly bitter finish. Pours reddish brown with tons of beige lacing. Hints of plastic and hot alcohol notes invade the otherwise pleasing finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (655) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Aroma: bread, raisin, woody, earthy Appearance: clear amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

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