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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich and malty, slightly sweet Winter Ale. Skillful use of brown sugar, honey, and six malts contribute to complex, warming character of this brew. Available October through March.

Bitterness Units: 32
ABV: 6.0%
Date of Introduction: Winter of 1995
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Crystal, Chocolate, Caramel and Black
Hops: Nugget and Mt. Hood

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 rerate 12-16-03 (original rating 4.0): Im still on the same six pack and I already dont know what I was thinking. Its still not a bad beer, but its overly sweet and not at all deserving of the 4.0 I originaly gave it. Medium brown color with a small head and light lacing. Nutty/malt aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a moderately bitter finish. Hints of cinnamon and spicieness that add a nice complexiy rather than overpowering like a lot of winters. slightly chewy and very nicely balanced. Very good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1694) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Clear reddish brown with towering rocky tan head. Brown sugar is apparent in nose. Flavor is sweet throughout with a lite hoppy finish twinged with honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1259) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 Clear mahogany body, small beige head. Sweet malty aroma, maybe brown sugar. Very little carbonation, flavor initially sweet with the honey flavor, then a hoppy bite sets in, which leads to a slightly bittersweet finish. An interesting and enjoyable beer, which to me seems like a cross between a bock and scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Copper hue with a good creamy off-white head and fair lace. Aroma was heavy on malt qualities. Hints of drak bread, roasted malts, caramel, light floral hops, earthy yeast esters, honey and spice. Starts sweet then, POW! Twangy citric taste rushs foreward but suddenly retreats to let the honeycomb tone mask the palate. Good balance on the finish with a light touch of sourness and smoke. Medium-bodied with a slighty sticky an soft mouthfeel, chalky finish. Solid quaffable brew, who's whole is less than the sum of the parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottle, served mostly warm. Nice clear ruby brown color. Aroma of dark malts and bread, sugar, red wine. Flavor resembles a cross between a scottish ale and Vermont wilderness, starts sweet and has a dry yet sticky and hoppy aftertaste. The honey seems to smooth this out a bit, though I don't really like the stickiness at the end. The body could be a little heavier. Not bad though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Fine looking light brown ale. Sweet malt flavor with a touch of honey makes this quite the tasty beer. A dollop of classic Long Trail flavor - delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (504) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Very tasty & drinkable. The honey flavor is noticable and gives it a nice, sweet flavor. So far my favorite Long Trail beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2003
The beer pours a crystal clear mahogany color, the head moderate in size, the consistency frothy, beige in color and the residual lace a nice thick covering sheet. Sweet malt nose, with a hint of butter, candied apples also come to mind, a pleasant sniff. Ambrosial start, malt a plenty, the top middling, somewhat tart finish that has a purposeful spicy hop bite, carbonation middling, and the aftertaste bitter and long lasting. Quite a quaffable beer and one that suits my palate, and worth the sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Clear Red brown body topped by a thin head that leaves fairly good lace. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of fruitiness. Slightly sweet hoppy flavor with a malty background and a strong hoppy finish. medium to full bodied and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2003
I bought this thinking that it was a double bock, given its "...ator" name. However, it certainly is not, so I won’t rate it as such. This is a medium bodied ale which pours to a nice red hue, sweet malty aroma with hints of mild dry hopping? Flavor is very sweet up front but quickly balances off and lingers into a sweet finish with a slight hop bitterness. Not bad.

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