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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2001
Clear deep brown, nice beige head, and lots of lace. Sweet fruity nose and Ringwood yeast is quite noticeable, malts also right there. Start sweet, middle creamy fresh, and a quite pleasant bitter almost dry finish. Thanks Venom

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2001
Deep Purple color; medium head that goes to bed early; Lots of yummy plum in the nose. To the eyes an nose, this beer was beautiful, but the burnt malt was way overboard. No discernable sweetness except for a bit of chocolate at the end. Cheers to VENOM for the sample.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Bronze body with a good head. Nice aroma of fruitiness and alcohol. Ringwood yeast is very apparent with a soft maltiness and tingling hop bite. Thinnish at first sip but develops a creamy toffee maltiness amid the buttery fruitiness. Hampshire Special Ale, knocked down a peg.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2001
A nice Winter Warmer, on the hoppy side. I felt the bittering was somewhat coarse, either from high alpha hops or from hard water. Improves somewhat with age, but takes on a haze (which I felt indicated it hadn’t had the life filtered out of it).


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