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RATINGS: 556   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8897) - 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 don’t make for a great beer, please. Thanks to Joss for the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8875) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2007
Category 5 Ale. Clear semi-dark rusty brown colored body, very small head. Hoppy, pungent fresh nose, some plum and port scents sitting amid a heap of English hops. Nice smelling. Chewy and sticky up front, more rough and bitter and coarse burnt toast on the back, finishing with dry cedar, caramel and nuts. Good stuff, though a little too bitter for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8853) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8821) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Candied berries ooze from the luscious caramel maltiness, dancing in unison with the assertive earthy and resinous hoppiness. Not as fragrant as it is flavorful, this friendly muscleman still is a joy to converse with.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the translucid yet snowy copper.
-The earthy, wooden hop nose is modest and pleasant with its citrusy edges, but it doesn’t announce the entire range of flavors to come.
-The portly maltiness is one of this beer’s best features.
-The expansive carbonation thankfully breaks on the tongue quite easily.
-Whatever style you call it, it’s a great beer.
-The best before date is precocious.

Bottle; best before April ’07.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8700) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (8369) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8270) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8215) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
[1889-20081206] Cask. Toasted hoppy yeast aroma. Clear, dark red body with quick off-white bubbles. Boozy heavy sweet yeast flavour has lots of toasted grains throughout. Medium-full body. Warming.
(@ Cole’s; Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7794) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2009
12 ounce bottle from a local beer store in WashPA, slim pickings after Christmas, so I picked up a Clipper City variety case. Pours a deep mahogany color with a large white head. A sweet nose of caramel, light hops. The flavor is nice; toasted malts, lots of English fruity hops, loads of caramel. Decent.

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