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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (194) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2014
Draft sample. Pours a light cola brown with a moderate head. Little hop aroma, some doughy bread on the nose. Smooth taste with your typical bitter ESB aftertaste. Pretty decent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2011
A hazy reddish amber color with some orange and yellow highlights around the bottom and sides. An off white head that was none too large nor did it have much retention. Did leave patches of lace down the sides of the glass. Very nice nose of some carmel malt, bread, biscuit and some nice flourishes of some grapefruit and orange citrus. Seems very well balanced and really developes as the beer warms. The taste brought forth some balanced plumes of bitterness from the grapefruit. The dry malt of caramel and biscuit seems to fit together nicely with the citrus. Small touches of alcohol do come throug in the flavor, but itís nothing I canít handle. Mouthfeel is medium. Smooth and dry. Nice bit of warmth from the alcohol. Doesnít over do it with flavor on the palate, but does leave enough for me to savor for a bit. This brew is really pretty good I think. Very solid and well rounded. Obviously this is a "Winter" beer, but I think I could enjoy this on occasion throughout the year.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hance07 (192) - DownSouth, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Nice presence of hops with enough malt to balance it out.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is of bittering hops and caramel malt. Flavor is hoppy with a slight amount of malt, and has an even more hoppy and bitter finish. Interesting beer as Iíve not had anything quite like it, and a very good beer as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Thanks to ratebeerians for bringing this to pizza portís strong ale fest. Iím not sure who it was, but thank you! A medium-strength ale with nice hop notes. Some coriander and spice on the nose. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Filtered golden body with no head. The aroma is very malty with lemons and orange aroma from the hops. The flavor is also very malted.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle. 12 fl. oz. Dark amber color with thick, creamy head. Strong malt aroma of candy or caramel. Very fresh. Medium body with a leathery mouthfeel. Flavor strongly resembles aroma with the exception of slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Alcohol is well hidden. Goes down real easy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2010
aroma- bready, dates, toffee, caramel, raisin, roasted malt, bittersweet orange peel hop. pours a woody red/amber with about 3/4 inch of head that recedes but doesnít go away, some lacing. taste is roasty malt with a grassy earthy bitter hop finish, bread, brown sugar, orange peel, some alcohol. palate is full bodied, some carbonation, smooth, bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
uvajed (171) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Whatís an "Imperial ESB"? I donít know that, but this beer is very nicely bittersweet, kind of a floral caramel taste. Coppery color with a small creamy head, a slight bit of which persisted, leaving a small amount oc cream-colored lacing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottled... 2006 Release.. Pours a deep red with alot of lacing and a fluffy head.. Nose is lots of hops and hints of malt.. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops that lingers around.. very nice but not a fav..


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