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RATINGS: 544   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8228) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2007
Good amberish bread over clear red-amber beer. Hops (surprise), cake and hopscake (instead of space-?) grapey, grapefruit, zeste. Bitterish-hoppy flavour imposed upon a rather dull red ale. Quite slick & viscous, (hop)oily. A massive dose of C-hops donít make for a great beer, please. Thanks to Joss for the series.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8097) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2008
On tap at David Copperfield Pub New York 20-11-08. Pours red amber with a white head. The aroma is a bit sweet and malty and taste is crisp hops but also sweet and malty much like aroma suggested, there is a nice lingering bitterness. Itís a fresh full flavoured beer, quite decent winter offering lacks a good spiny edge to it but decent enough. A7 A5 F7 P4 OV15 3.7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Mostly clear, deep dark red color, minimal off-white head, some lace. Good spicy bitter taste, with a light sweetness. Very tasty. Some toastiness to the grains here, and the hops come at you in a quick blast. A very balanced beer. Or at least balanced around the center I prefer my brews to be.. Big, a good a good amount of hops, with an even toasty-malty sweetness, that is. Carbonation is a bit sharp, however, and thereís a slight oiliness, but otherwise the mouthfeel is good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - APR 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 20, 2013 Bottle shared with Ariel at Beer Market Jaffa. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, biscuity notes and dusty and earthy hops. Sweet malty flavor with caramel and earthy and slightly citric hops bitterness. Medium-bodied. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
On tap at the Stanton Public House after Get Real NY. Pours a clear ruby with a thin white head. Sweet caramel, toast, spices. Toast, medium bodied, more spice, malt and toast. Caramel and spice, light bitterness and toast, spice and malt.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2008
12oz bottle pours clear copper with nice white head. The aroma has notes of medium roasted malts, sweeter malts, a mild pulse of grapefruit hops and faint caramel. The taste begins sweet with malts that slowly turn more and more roasty as the taste moves forward. The grapefruit hop note noted in the nose begins a bit timid but grows to become nearly tepid in hop bitterness as the finish approaches. This beer leaves behind mostly pine and grapefruit hop bitterness along with some crystal malt roastiness lingering into the after taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7270) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2007
12oz bottle, BB 03/06... thanks go to footbalm if Iím not mistaken. Poured a slightly hazy reddish-orange with a short, but long-lived cap of beige head. The nose picked up alcohol-enhanced caramel and toffee sweetness, floral and perfumey hops, a hint or sourdough, and dusty yeast notes. Flavor found a core of caramel, toffee, and plums.. laced with mild rum.. with citrus and perfumey hops radiating outward... prickly alcohol intermittently.. warming, sweet finish. Syrupy foray onto the palate fills out even more across the middle with ample carbonation.. warm, slightly prickly finish leaves mild bursts of citrus, caramel, and floral as it makes its way down. Downright tasty brew!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7186) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle as part of a tasting at Catskeller. Pours clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, toast, and hops with some booziness. Warming alcohol, bitter hops, and sweet caramel malts make up the flavor of this beer, which has nice balance. Light bodied, and lives up to its "warmer" title. Still, the aroma didnít do a whole lot and I wasnít crazy about the taste of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2008
Pours ruby/amber with a creamy head. Aroma is matly/caramel, lightly hoppy and earthly. Taste is slightly roasted, and a good presence of nutty and caramel malt. Maybe some licorice, reminding me of a sweet sugary cough syrup. Light yeast, hops giving an enjoyable tingly mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7134) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 14, 2010
2008 Bottle. Pretty dark brown with orange tints and a low, fine head. Nicely fragrant, with English and American hops still smelling nice after the time. Orange, tobacco, caramel. Appetizing. Flavorful malts, with chocolate and caramel, plus nice hops. Tobacco, grass, earth, plus a very bitter finish. Wow. Tastes fresh. Nice, verging on an old ale by now, though completely un-oxidized. Mellow and smooth, and very bitter. Would like to try it fresh to get those hops.


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