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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2012
2010 22 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours dark reddish amber with thick white head. Aroma is aged oaky malts with faint floral sweetness. Taste is big malty body balanced with honey sweetness and bitter pine and grapefruit hop notes. Strong, aged winter beer. Not extreme, but well balanced.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (7236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
On tap at the Porterhouse, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out christmas spices and light bready malt. Flavour brings out light Christmas spices, caramel, and bready malt. Well-balanced and cohesive. A nice Christmas ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1145) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle courtesy of toffsbury. Aroma of fruit, mainly raisins and currants. Bitter spicy English ale. Dried fruit and caramel notes too. Nice strong Christmastime ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose is extremely malt heavy, with a lot of caramel, bread and yeast coming through. Taste is sweet with just a hint of harsh booziness to it. OK.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (242) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Pours Amber to copper with an off white head. Strange mix of spice and hops. Not great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2525) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2014
I think I remember this beer being a thing. Like it was special and sought after or at least awaited by the beer geek crowd. This beer and the brewery have seem to be forgotten at this point. I picked up the beer for $1.75 for a 12oz bottle, seems like a fair price. Poured into a Blvd tulip glass. Color is dark ruby with a small head. The beer is clear but the dark color makes it look thick. Bottom of the bottle is crystal clear. To call this an English Strong Ale is a stretch, this would just be an American Strong as far as I am concerned. Its got a good deal of sweetness with lots of English tea and wet caramel biscuit. The biscuit becomes a bit burnty in the flavor as well. Lots of hops around but thankfully the bitterness is low (I loath caramel and high bitterness). This would have been very fun a decade ago. Now, its a fun memory.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"heres a pretty nice, dark, malty and well balanced winter ale. very light on the spices, nutty and slightly malt heavy - nice on a cold night. mahogony in color. 1st beer from this brewer is pretty nice."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2014
12oz in Washington. Darker copper brown. Foamy. Big sweet malt.. Lots of juice, soft caramel. Some alc sweetness. Fig, grape juice. Good.

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
$2 for 12oz bottle @ Rocket Market in Spokane, WA Poured to NB tulip. A: Pours amber and thick. Little/no visible head or lacing despite hard pour. S: Pine, copper and aluminum. This is horrid and not making me want to drink it. F: Sweet, alcoholic, not much here. Lightly bitter, hint of crystal malt in background. Boring. M: Slicks the tongue with fine, low carbonation. D: This recipe should be tossed out of the lexicon for what is normally a great brewery. Serving type: bottle 01-09-2011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (995) - , Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from trade to glass. Dated 11/12. Nice brew. Aroma of toffee spices and more. Darker amber pour. Taste of toffee and some dark fruits

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (917) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Clear darker amber no head. Aroma of citrus, nutmeg, strong malt. Strong malt flavor strong citrus hops spice. Creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced, but strong. Alcohol noticeable.


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