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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Unfiltered, N.W. hops, English Malts, molasses for rum-like flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin off-white head. Very complex caramel malty aroma with plenty of western hop presence. Body starts thick and caramely sweet with some fresh bittering hops and puckering oak tart-like finish. Good complexity and balance throughout. A very nice English strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Bottle pours reddish amber, fairly dark, off-white dishwater like head, virtually no carbonation, with sparce lacing.   Aroma is quite interesting, woody, minor chocolate, molasses, and maybe light alcohol on the nose.   Forwardly piney, hoppy, slightly nutty, with subtle hints of cocoa, molasses, and peanut brittle.   While the flavor is quite interesting, the mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side.   Otherwise, good combination of malts and hop bitterness, with a nice warming feeling.   A fairly good winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
12 oz. bottle from 2003 quaffed Jan 2004. Beautiful opaque dark brown hue with a thick viscous head. Very nice lacing. Strong smell of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, with a whiff of fresh hop flowers. Medium bodied. Taste is first of dark roasted malts, smoked almonds, with a caramel sweetness. Finishes bittersweet with a blackened malt - alcohol dryness. This brew tastes better closer to room temp than fridg temp. A most excellent old ale. Scores reflect the 2003 bottle. 12 oz. bottle from x-mas 2000 enjoyed Feb 2004; Has a roasted malt and caramel smell. A burnt, sweet caramel, toasted dark malt flavor followed by a bittersweet chocolate alcohol tang . Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Finishes dust bowl dry. This brew was worth the four year wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
2003 bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, walnut brown pour with no head shown, viscous, vanilla, and dark fruits with some malty girl scout cookies thrown in, nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2009
2001 Vintage. The aroma is of strong floral hops even after 8 years, chocolate, roast, a touch of oxidation, and I was gonna say brown sugar, but molasses is pretty much what it was. Pours a nice shade of reddish brown with a thin bubbly head that stuch around for a little while. The flavor is hoppy, and pretty bitter initially. This bitterness lingers and is followed by chocolate, roast, molasses, and then more dry hop flavors in the finish. This aged extremely well, as there was only minor oxidation that flattened out some of the flavors a bit, but it worked. There was still nice carbonation and lots of hops. This was really enjoyable all things considered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Reddish Copper, thick foamy head. Big malty, sweet, caramelly aroma. Flavor is pine and some licorace, plus some unidentifable spices - cinnamon, maybe? Even some Juniper? Thanks to acertain for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
12 oz bottle, via acertain. Pours a dark reddish copper with a small light brown foamy head. Generous amounts of sediment in bottle. Very sweet smelling aroma, lots of caramel and various herbs over a thickly malty base. Flavor is very malty with big herbal and spicy character. Finish is slightly sweet with some hints of spruce tip flavor. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation yielding a very soft and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, pretty decent, I have a certain fondness for herbal/spicy Christmastime beers like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle-In the vaulst of HI International. Pretty piney and hoppy in flavour. Woody, citrusy. Syrupy texture, slightly sticky, leafy finish. OK, a touch too sweet and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Dark red color, lots of light tan head with sheets of lacing. The aroma is full of bittering hops, dark caramel (molasses?) and some alcohol. Sweet finish with some maltose and hops in the finish. Blends very well, good balance. Thanks Brian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied Christmas Ale. Malts are nutty, fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy and grapefruity. A nice, spiced X-mas beer, brewed in the English Strong Ale tradition. Nicely balanced. Fairly smooth. No alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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