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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AskForJenny (1051) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3171) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Poured to a brownish orange with medium off-white head and some lacing. Nose was very hard to detect and the mouthfeel was slightly on the thin side. Taste tried to bring out some caramel hints, as well as a touch of hoppy fruit, but didn’t exceed well. At 7.3% abv, I would have expected either a whiff or taste of alcohol, but got neither. Not surprisingly, finish was somewhat on the short and watery side. Have realoly enjoyed the others I’ve had from Clipper City...this one just missed the mark slightly.

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