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RATINGS: 544   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.


SamGamgee's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear lighter brown with a small off-white head. Fruity, perfumey alcohol, lighter spicy and floral hops, and some toasty carmel malt in the aroma. The flavor has noticeable alcohol which is almost floral and a light malty sweetness but pretty good balance overall. Finishes with a medium bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A little too much alcohol presence for me, but a nice beer other than that.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hman43 (462) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Light brown with some lacing. Burbon with malt aroma. Malty, Burbon taste with a kick of alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutgap (40) - Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle to snifter,small off white diminishing head with sparce lacing copper ruby in color. Average roasted aroma. Thin medium light body, average carbonation with a short bitter finish. Rather an unimpressive beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (905) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle from Liquor Depot of Dover (Dover, DE). Poured cloudy, amber in color with a small beige head and some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty and bready, combined with some dark fruit notes. Taste is malty, some bitter notes and some booze in there too. Not bad enjoyable beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LetsGoState (648) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Appearance is amber with small white head. Aroma is a bit lacking punch. Taste is bitter hops with a slight amount of alcohol. Overall not the best winter ale out there.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bagalagalaga (139) - Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Very solid, one of the best ESBs out there for taste and the higher alcohol doesn’t really come through that much. It’s got the pleasant hop bitterness, not insanely citrusy. The best Heavy Seas I’ve had and available in 6-packs, definitely worth it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1297) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Drank this on our trip to St. Michaels. Copper pour. It’s malty, generally clean flavors. Not a lot to it, but it’s good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerdedDave (629) - - NOV 20, 2014
deep amber-red color; bready, slightly fruity aroma; bitter with piney hop notes up front with a caramally malty, sem-sweet malty finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoDirection (24) - - NOV 18, 2014
Very nice local to baltimore winter ale. Easy to drink and perfect for a cold night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (229) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Appearance is caramel brown with gold highlights. Aroma is bready, with caramel and molasses hints. Taste is very malty, with a strong cinnamon flavor, with supporting caramel and molasses and nutmeg. Overall very good, went well with stew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bennetporter (183) - 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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