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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9465) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9389) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9307) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Cask at the Brazen Head. Deep amber beer, very thick sticky white head. A very bright fresh grassy aroma. Soft earthy/fruity bitterness that lingers softly on the back of the palate. Pine and grapefruit and a touch of tropical fruit as well. Very soft sweet malts, lightly toasty wit a bit of caramel on the back. Great palate, soft and lightly fruity. Very fresh with lots of soft hoppiness but not a whole lot of real bitterness. Just a bit of bright hop character. A really solid brew. The cask works very well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9267) - 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 doesnít announce the entire range of flavors to come.
-The portly maltiness is one of this beerís best features.
-The expansive carbonation thankfully breaks on the tongue quite easily.
-Whatever style you call it, itís a great beer.
-The best before date is precocious.

Bottle; best before April í07.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9124) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9107) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9078) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8906) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes. Pours a clear orange amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bready malts, mild sweetness, caramel, floral, mild pine resin, moderate bitterness, decent enough.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - 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.
(@ Coleís; Buffalo, NY)


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