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RATINGS: 532   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle. Pine hops and caramel malt aroma. Dark amber color with large tan head and nice lacing. Moderate piney hops flavor - light caramel malt. Nice hoppy beer - basically what I’d expect an "Imperial ESB" to taste like - a malty I2PA.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7408) - 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. It’s 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2007
12oz bottle, BB 03/06... thanks go to footbalm if I’m 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Pours a transparent dark copper orange with a thin, nicely-lacing white head. Fresh citrusy, and mildly grassy English hoppy aroma has a nice caramel malty presence. Starts sweet, fresh and piney with hop resin and lots of crystal malt. Finishes crisp and full in flavor. A well-balanced brew that is practically a double IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6678) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6480) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 28, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Pours hazy amber with a mediumm off white head. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toasted malt and bread. The flavour is toasted malt, bread and dark fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6447) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6430) - 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 didn’t do a whole lot and I wasn’t crazy about the taste of this one.


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