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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1307) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2008
Amber with brown head. Piney hop aroma. Syrupy feel in mouth. Hop taste with bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ubermunch (32) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Love this and look forward to it every season. Complex and different it pours nicely and has a full taste that doesn’t disappoint. Not a powerful aroma... but not absent either. Great with smoky cheeses or Italian food. It’s not a crippling ice storm until you drink this by the soothing sounds of your generator. At 7.3abv this can also be used to take the edge off holiday relative visits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Pours an orangey (black and orangey?) copper with a thin but persistent ivory head. Some light lacing. Lots of big citrusy hops in the nose buoyed by bready malt aromas. The first sips reveal big hops but this beer is not just a hops delivery vehicle. Although it does that quite well. It’s strangely balanced with the sweet and considerable bready malt profile. Bitter herbal and citrusy hops dominate the finish and aftertaste. Their website says they use American and English hops and I believe it. Not sure I’ve ever tasted this combination of hops working in such balance before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2008
12 oz bottle, bottle labeled as 7.5% alcohol. Pours cloudy amber in color with off white head. Aroma citrus hops. Taste of hops and malt with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2977) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
It pours slightly hazy with a beautiful sunset red color. Both the aroma and flavor are that of sweet malts balanced perfectly with smooth hops. The head is small, but that seens normal to me on on ESB. Very smooth for 7.3%.

   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 it’s nothing I can’t handle. Mouthfeel is medium. Smooth and dry. Nice bit of warmth from the alcohol. Doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KixRules (10) - USA - FEB 18, 2011
Great beer! smells of roasted malt, dates, orange peel hop.. Has nice redish/amber color with about a finger head. Taste is roasty malt and bitter hop finish, with a bread, brown sugar, orange peel combination. Can taste a bit of the alchohol but not much. I really like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2634) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with March 2013 clipped off the label. It pours out like a winter storm at sea with swirling carbonation bubbles circling around and becoming a dark amber reddish tone with a modest off-white head. Delightful to look at. The aroma is of dark malts, toffee, and plum with a played down hop note. The body is smooth and bold. The taste is right where it should be for an English Strong with moderate sweetness at first and a low to moderate bitterness winding things down

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (475) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Pours a nice medium amber with red hue that has a nice head that laces and retains well. Nice light nose of biscuit malt with a touch of hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice balanced flavor of caramel malt sweetness and bitterness against a mild hop flavor, which I believe is East Kent Goldings. Finishes clean with malt sweetness followed by the bitters. My first sampling of Heavy Seas products, and this one outstanding. A nice change of pace for winter warmers that is expertly done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bennetporter (442) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2014
A relatively well balanced ESB, hoppy and malty with a good mouthfeel. Good winter seasonal

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