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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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A hearty British style strong ale with a deep chestnut color. This warming elixer complements stews, soups, roasts and wild game. It's magically delicious.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Pours a transparent copper with a 1cm quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is strange-Windex! Start is bitter/tart leading into some strong hops. Hops to finish. Fairly 1 dimensional. A decent seasonal brew.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mribm (459) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Bottle. Poured with a small, yet long lasting off-white head, which left ample lacing. The beer was a beautiful orange color and had the aroma of apricots. This beer had a slight apricot taste, with sweet malt and some nice bitter hoppiness, which came through strong in the finish. I'm not real fond of the apricot nose and flavor, however it isn't a real bad beer. A nice change in the winter months.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5072) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(Bottle) Almond head and a red-amber body. Roasted malt with vanilla. Roasted flavour with slight berries. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
Tipsy apricots trying to hold on to the nutmeg...Citrus fluidity and almond skin timidity...Brandy is scattered here and there, but never fully takes hold of the situation...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (14841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2003
Orangey-amber. Malty, butterscotchy aroma. Palate has a slight marmalade note, with nuts, earthy sweetness of dark malts. Slight rye whiskey note.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6937) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 30, 2003
Dark amber, white strong thick head. Sweet malts with touch of hops, yet something was not right. It had nice medium thick body, good bitterness yet..Nothing that out of ordinary.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
Pronounced hoppy aroma, deep red, small cream head. Slightly hoppy flavour, given the aroma. Medium bodied, nice bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Malty slightly spiced aroma. Dark amber color with a small white head. Good balance, but nothing special, a little spice. I have had several brews with ringwood yeast in them tonight, and they all have a similar taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2003
very nice and true to style, dark amber, resembles Young's Special London Ale. Excellent balance, crisp. Lots of Fuggles and Goldings? Alcohol just faintly emerges. Glad I bought a sixpack

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Deep copper hue with small off-white head and minimal lacing. Fruity , spicy, and earthy, vinous nose. Very similar to many fine vintage ales. Thick creamy and lively mouthfeel. The taste started sweet and fruity but became well balanced by tangy hops and dry woodiness. Slight lingering of alcohol and bitters on the finish, dry feel. This is an English strong dressed up as an winter/holiday ale. I did like this a lot, good attempt at the style.


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