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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Brown ale my ass. its more of a stout or maybe a scotch ale. Odd nose like burnt molasses or toffee. kind of sweet yet not sweet, if you can explain that. taste was the same. kind of bitter like a licorice root was in it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2004
A dark mahogony with a tan head. The aroma has nice roasted and carmel notes. The flavor is a bit complex. I noticed chocolate, carmel, and a hint of coffee malts. A very small hop presence was noticable along with a sweetness at the front of the mouth.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Not great but not bad. An average Brown Ale with a swig of citrus sourness on the palate. It's kind of a fun beer (something different), but just not quite my thing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2004
If there was a category for a scotch winter ale, I would put this in it. Smoky aroma, tons of malt and spicy cinnamon notes in the medium body. Slightly hoppy finish. I would love to have this again; thanks to matta for hooking me up.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
Deep brown without much light brown head and it doesn't stay up there too long. Aroma is heavily malty with distinct milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and nutty hints: I could indeed mistake this smell as a porter blind. It's got a nice nutmeg and almond bite in mouth coupled with dark licorice and a low-profile hop character that leaves a boring unfresh bitterness, while aftertaste is bready, mostly dry and short. Cheers to Matta!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2004
A "heavy" brown ale, I thought it was a more like a porter or stout. Balance was good without excessive bitterness. Good Job

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2755) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Bottle: Good nose, chocolate, rootbeer. Blackish red color, small head. Molasses and powdered chocolate. Burnt creamy finish. Tasty, can't tell what year, though it seemed a porter to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Dark as a porter, creamy cocoa head. Hefty chocolate malt falvor with light hopping - or is that the hops kicking in at the end of the finish for bonus points? More points for being what I think of as a winter ale. Creamy, dark, easy to drink. Says saaz so I see ... sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Spiced wood and chocolate aroma, bright hop flavor on first sip, with the chocolate malts very evident. Some light alcohol towards the end, and a roasted caramel malt finish. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Good dark brown to black color,small tan head that faded quickly leaving a small lace behind.The aroma was malty,chocolate with a sweet/sour side and a mild hop presence.The flavor is roasty malt with a decent bitter sweet chocolate taste coming through with a mild hint of alcohol and a decent hop showing.The finish is a nice bitter hop.Fairly decent brew,not as good as some others but well worth a try.


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