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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A full-bodied, brown ale with a rich chocolate taste created from roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Topped with Czech Saaz hops to give it a spicy flavor and aroma.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Out of the bottle from Uptown. Pours a very dark brown with a small white head. Taste is slightly sweet like a brown, but not overpowering.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1367) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2013
12 oz bottle, dated 09?/27/12 pours with a generous and creamy looking tan head that soon settles to a admirable top coat. leaving fine lacing on the way down. The ale itself is brown-amber and clear. The aroma is disappointing, being malty but mild and slightly metallic. The flavor is much better, particularly in the lingering, roasted malt and Czech hops aftertaste. Medium + body with excellent carbonation and a creamy smooth feel [4.5]. 8% ABV is very well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Dark amber to brown color, medium sized creamy head. Mild aroma of caramelized and roasted malts. Semi sweet flavor, with some dark caramel, light spicy and herbal character, light puke impression, and just a bit too much bitterness in the end.
Not bad, but rather messy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1387) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle. Clear caramel colored, light head. Caramel and chocolate aroma but not sweet. Smooth and medium body but lots of carbonation. Good winter beer that isn't too heavy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewIPA (80) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2012
A rich malty winter beer with a mouth full if chocolate. Nice and bold, good sipping beer. Malt is strong for me but overall enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a hazy, light reddish brown with a small tan head. The nose has some light dusty nuttiness to it. The flavor is malt forward with a little caramel, but mainly nuttiness and light touches of cocoa powder with a decent bitterness on the back end. Starts off malty with a medium body but finishes a bit dry. The alcohol seems a bit more obvious than it should be. Okay I suppose.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Faint aromas of cocoa, roasted barley and some hops on the latter end of it. Appears a deep brown with a crimson tint and billowing foam top. Surprisingly assertive hops upfront with a roasted caramel, light cocoa, ginger and doughy malt backbone. Alcohol stays with you on the finish. Overall, this is surprisingly flavorful and well balanced with a strong alcohol presence. I’d give this an A rating,

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Dark Carmel color fairly clear pour, not much head. Smooth taste overall pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
boozedude (1614) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
pours brown, bottle into glass, thin kacki head, metallic aroma, taste is some fruit sugar, and bitter finish, ok

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (1783) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Brown with a thick tan colored head. Malty, smooth, a bit roasty. Lightly sweet with caramel and nut flavors. Full body and finish.


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