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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (16434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle at Black Squirrel. Lots of caramel and malt, and a bit of Christmas spice. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12362) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Clear amber with creamy light tan head. Aroma is earthy hop tinged with some caramle maltiness. Taste is more earthy hoppy than malty, but fairly well-balanced. Good bitter swallow.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11061) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Dark winter is tasty, albeit simple. Light and delicious. Floral winter notes. Rated 4/15/10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10838) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber/tawny with an average, frothy and bubbly cream colored head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (biscuit, light toast, nutty, caramel), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of light brown sugar and earth/cellar. Flavor is heavy malt (biscuit, light toast, nutty, caramel), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of light brown sugar and earth/cellar. Medium-light body, low warmth, medium creaminess and carbonation with a medium-dry finish. This is a nice, easy to drink, session ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a thin creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of banana, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, earthy notes and citrus hops. The taste is banana, caramel, toffee, earthy and nutty finish. Thin-medium bodied.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopdog (9999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2007
12oz bottle labeled bottled on 11/16/06. Poured a medium and clear copperish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, honey, and all around fruity. Tastes of caramel, fruity, and had almost a sourish/bitter finish. Thin body that was bordering on watery. Some lacing left on the glass.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9692) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
some spices. Not much hops, lager a bit past due. Thanks Kid Presentable. Decent darker colour, no head to speak of. A bit of aroma. Bitter, even acidic and some malts. Dry metallic and pepper aftertaste.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (9593) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Smells like a pale ale with some caramel. The flavor is a bit bitter, but rotten tasting. Just a foul of a beer. Tastes like hastily made brewpub fare.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2008
Tap at Downtown Bar and Grill. Slightly hazy deep amber colour. Aroma is quite clean and malty. Soft toasted malt, grainy and fresh tasting. Flavour is quite simple with light pale malt, a hint of toast and honey. Light caramel. Fairly clean. Itís pretty simple, but itís not bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (8627) - Tel Aviv, - APR 30, 2012
Bottle shared at a tasting at Daganís place. Clear amber. Sweet malty fruity aroma, a bit spicy. Sweetish flavor of malt, fruits and a drier spicy finish. Medium-bodied.


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