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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1913) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Draft at Khyber Pass and again at Sugars. Poured a slightly hazy red amber brown with a frothy white head. Bitter malts. Like a slightly sweet molasses tea made with a piece of burnt wood. Coffee notes as it warms. Higher ABV kicks in at the end. Pumped up ESB but seems lacking in character beyond a few notes.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3372) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Rich buttery caramel malt aroma with just a hint of hops. Chestnut with a moderate ivory head. Caramel malt, harsh weedy hops, a little alcohol flavor. Medium to full sticky body, moderate carbonation. The weedy hops ruined this one for me. It just wasnít a pleasant type of hops flavor. I was a bit surprised at the bitterness considering I didnít get much hops in the nose.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (3089) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle. Barak BBOTM. Ruby red, cloudy, minimal white head. Biscuit, jam, cherry and candy and wet mud aroma, very alcoholic and slightly bitter taste. Full body, smooth texture, light carbonation and alcoholic finish.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Selene6 (21) - - AUG 4, 2013
Butter aftertaste, but deep and interesting. Can imagine drinking this during a winter storm

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
robgibbens (419) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft at Gillyís in Rockville, MD. Decent dark amber color with an OK foam. Good bitter flavor. Finishes a bit chalky for me.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hman43 (511) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Light brown with some lacing. Burbon with malt aroma. Malty, Burbon taste with a kick of alcohol.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2690) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 7, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark amber color, two finger beige head, broken curtain of lace. Aroma of malt. Taste is bracing malt that stays big through a carbonated swallow, moving to a spicy, hoppy finish. Solid brew, but also heavy and off-balance.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Interesting, but ultimately more of a showcase for pniey hoppiness than an ESB. Donít get me wrong--I can stomach piney hoppiness, but this beerís piney hoppiness clashed with the distinctively mellow ESB malt profile. Something about mild apple and toffee isnít working with the hops here, and despite the fresh hoppy aroma and pretty golden-orange color, I canít say I enjoyed this.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep red color. Scents of fruit. Iím not sure if I liked this one, but Iím not sure that I didnít either. The initial flavors of hops and malt stayed evenly throughout the taste with no discernable beginning or finish. Tasted sweet but something was missing. I would have it again though. Thanks goldtwins for the bottle.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Decent. Nice copper hue, with a deep presence in the mug that says drink me. There is a nice sweet malt flavor that overlays a slightly arousing mix of flavors, but nothing I can really stamp my finger on. Decent is all


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