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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottled. Via trade with DocLock. Best by Mar ’06 (so I’m assuming this is the ’05). Pours a clear, garnet color with an ivory head. Fruity aroma- both citrus and some darker fruits, caramel, yeast and honey. Flavor is bitter with a thin mouth feel. A bit of caramel, toffee, and phenols in the flavor. Bitter finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle. Orange-copper with a medium white creamy head. Floral aroma has earthy hops and mild sweetness. Bitter astringency and mild sweet flavour in a somewhat watery body. Average.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2007
My least favorite of the sample case. The beer is amber/dark brown. Taste is ok, and includes some malt and spice. Within my first couple of sips though, I thought that I got it wrong, and this was an IPA. I felt that the hops come in and dominate the taste of the beer with citrus/pine of an IPA. Over-all it was kind of an interesting beer for me.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
clear amber with a nice off white head. good lacing. hoppy pine and caramel aroma. bitter pine flavor with a nice sweet balance from the caramel malts. bitter medium dry finish. medium body. good stuff. solid esb.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2007
12 ounce bottle from pintocb. Pours copper orange to red with next to no head. The flavor and aromas are very balanced with earthy hops and Marris Otter. Nice punch of bitterness. I don’t know what is imperial about it. Its an alright ESB.

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   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Winter Storm is a good balance. I bought it in a variety pack and thought it was a nice winter ale

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Toffee clored liquid under light tan head. Hops on the nose. Good, solid ale, perhaps a little too sweet on the end. Good.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3549) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 12, 2008
Poured a nice head and has a floral, hoppy nose with hints of nutmeg. Flavor is strong and malty, but not too strong to be offensive. A decent complete beer with a fun label to match.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2008
12 oz bottle straight from the brewer. Pours deep straw color with a light creamy head. Grassy hop aroma with some bread in the background. Light toffee in the body, some corn and apple (?) in there. It is some kind of fruit but I cannot totally put my finger on it. Light for the alcohol in it. A bit syrupy but not overly. Slight yeastiness. Not my fav from CC but ok.


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